She's a Star! Carmen Cusack's Opening-Night Diary for Her Broadway Debut in Bright Star
Bright Star, Big City
Her opening-night performance in Bright Star was a smash – the New York Times called it “simply gorgeous” – but the night didn't get off to quite as auspicious of a start: “Here we are stuck in traffic on our way to the Cort [ltheater], my husband telling me to text them that I might be late…” she writes.
“… and here’s me texting them that I might be late. But I wasn’t!” Crisis averted.
“My first Gypsy Robe Ritual!” she writes of the longstanding Broadway ritual, in which a decorated robe is passed from one show to the next, via the chorus member with the most chorus credits under his or her belt. “I wasn't prepared for how moving this gesture from the Broadway community would be.”
“Here’s Sarah Jane [Shanks] receiving the Gypsy Robe! A Broadway tradition that goes back to 1950!”
“Moving into my dressing room - here's Young Alice,” she writes of the wig she wears to play her character in the show's early scenes. “16 years of age. Ain't she cute?”
“Here are some lovely Opening Night gifts that I don’t have time to open! Princess problems.”
“Edie [Brickell, who with Steve Martin, wrote the show] got me this for our Opening in Washington, D.C. I call him Fred. He likes New York. Maybe because my dresser Cat likes to cuddle him.”
Clothes Make the Woman
“Costume designer Jane Greenwood’s beautiful handiwork.”
“Alice 1945. Probably more than you deserve!” she writes of the “Sears catalog” period undergarments that she wears in her later scenes.
“Here’s my fave thing in my dressing room. A quilt made of friends and family. But not in a serial killer way.”
Break a Leg!
“Here’s me kicking Paul out so I can go do my job.”
“Immediately after the show. Help! I gotta get dolled up” for the opening night party, she says.
“Thanks Christopher and Cameron for working your magic!” she writes to her glam squad for the night.
She's a (Bright) Star!
“I’m clearly bursting with emotion on the press line,” before the party. “What a fab night.”