Enthusiastic critics and ecstatic audiences praise
Front Porch Theatricals’ BRIGHT STAR!
"Erin Lindsey Krom and Jerreme Rodriguez are all heart as the central couple whose fate plays out over 23 years, and a strong supporting cast of 14 avoids the trap of cornpone sentimentality. Director Nick Mitchell moves the action briskly from cabin to store, hamlet to city and 1920s to 1940s. Shimmering throughout is the score, played by a nine-piece orchestra of banjo, mandolin, fiddle, etc., led by musical polymath Doug Levine." - Chris Rawson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"But above and beyond any consideration of the material is the fact that this production is excellent across the board and serves as a resounding endorsement for Front Porch Theatricals: every aspect is presented with a clear enthusiasm matched by talent. The orchestra (led by conductor Douglas Levine and featuring the bluegrass trio of Marina Pendleton, Bryce Rabideau, and Jim Scott) expertly provide the musical fuel required to make the show really hum, and they make it look easy. The graceful direction (Nick Mitchell), gorgeous lighting (Andrew David Ostrowski), and elegant sets (Johnmichael Bohach) make admirable use of the New Hazlett space, combining in a fluid minimalism that provides an uncluttered scaffold for the story." - Laura Caton, Pittsburgh in the Round
"A story about love and tradition that also touches on forgiveness and humanity, Bright Star is a glimmer of hope that families can be accepting of differences, that lost relationships can be forged anew, and that matters of past can be learning experiences for the future. The beauty this production and all productions of Front Porch Theatricals lie in their propinquity with Pittsburgh talent. Showcasing this talent in productions like Bright Star makes for an experience that is felt from the heart." - Dylan Shaffer, BroadwayWorld
"Almost everyone in “Bright Star” is a star, the cast is loaded with talent. But Krom is a supernova, exploding with intensity. She wows the audience with the opening number, “If you knew my story,” and never lets them go." - Michael "Buzz" Buzzelli, 'Burgh Vivant
"The catchy, toe-tapping music is the show’s best feature; the songs are woven in close harmonies that eloquently capture the vibe of the early twentieth century South in which the story takes place. A cast of sixteen vocal powerhouses pulls those tight harmonies into focus with a gorgeous lushness, helmed by stellar performances from leading players Erin Lindsay Krom, Jerreme Rodriguez, Miller Kraps, and Marnie Quick as the two pairs of lovers around which the story is structured."
- Wendy Arons, The Pittsburgh Tatler
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