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At Long Last with Max Meyers

In Edie Brickell and Steve Martin’s Broadway musical Bright Star, actor Max Meyers plays Billy Cane, a fresh-faced, hopeful soldier who has just returned home from World War II. While many soldiers came back to America clouded in darkness, Billy comes back to North Carolina with his optimism intact and a determination to achieve his dream of becoming a writer. We sat down with Max … Continue reading At Long Last with Max Meyers

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The Sun is Gonna Shine On Alice

Meredith Jones is no stranger to FST – she charmed audiences as Patsy Cline in last summer’s production of Always…Patsy Cline and brought down the house in Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves. Jones returns to FST to play Alice Murphy, a steely copy editor, in Edie Brickell and Steve Martin’s Broadway musical  Bright Star.  We sat down with Meredith to talk about the dramatic range of … Continue reading The Sun is Gonna Shine On Alice

The Hometown Heartthrob

Blake Price started performing when he realized that becoming a professional athlete might not be the best way to go. He went on to act in his first feature film during his junior year of high school, and is now developing one himself. This winter, Blake is bringing his storytelling savvy to Sarasota in FST’s production of Bright Star.  Blake plays Jimmy Ray, the quick-witted, flirtatious … Continue reading The Hometown Heartthrob

Shine On, Bright Star

By Lydia Baxter We’ve all had musicals and movies that we grew up with, featuring songs or scenes we just can’t knock from our memories. For me, it was Guys and Dolls and West Side Story. For comedian Steve Martin, it was The Music Man and Oklahoma. For American singer-songwriter Edie Brickell, it was The Sound of Music. What is it about these musicals that cause … Continue reading Shine On, Bright Star

When Great Minds Think Alike

By Lydia Baxter Edie Brickell and Steve Martin are somewhat of an unlikely pairing—she’s a well-known singer-songwriter and he’s a comic legend. But they struck gold in 2013 with their Grammy Award-winning album, Love Has Come for You, and again three years later, when Bright Star hit Broadway. While Brickell and Martin were touring together shortly after their record release, they started discussing their love … Continue reading When Great Minds Think Alike

‘Bright Star’ Brings the Heart Home

By Meg Gilbert They say, “Home is where the heart is.” This fall, Florida Studio Theatre is proud to bring you the Florida Premiere of Bright Star, a play about coming home that is steeped in heart. Created by actor, comedian, and writer Steve Martin along with renowned folk singer Edie Brickell, Bright Star tells the story of Alice Murphy, a literary editor who meets … Continue reading ‘Bright Star’ Brings the Heart Home