Carmen Cusack Puts ‘Her Pain and Her Joy’ Into a Leading Broadway Role

April 27, 2016

Carmen Cusack Puts 'Her Pain and Joy' Into a Leading Broadway Role




By Robin Pogrebin
April 27, 2016


If you knew my story

You’d have a hard time
Believing me
You’d think I was lying
Joy and sorrow never last
I’ll die trying not to live in the past

Edie Brickell and Steve Martin put that opening number into “Bright Star” just before their musical began performances on Broadway in March.

At first Carmen Cusack, the show’s star, couldn’t sing it without crying.

“I understand it,” Ms. Cusack said in a recent interview. “I had something similar happen to me.”

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