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Bright Lights, Big City (Stage Musical)

Bright Lights, Big City The MusicalBRIEF PLOT DESCRIPTION

Set in 1980s New York, this musical based on the Jay McInerney novel of the same name tells the story of Jamie Conway, an employee of a high-profile magazine. He is a drug-addicted, ex-wife-obsessed, frustrated writer who can’t seem to get anything in his life to work right. Not only can he not let go of the relationship he had with his wife, he also can’t let go of the pain he feels over the loss of his mother.

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GENERAL MUSICAL INFORMATION

SOURCE MATERIAL: Bright Lighs, Big City by Jay McInerney
GENRE: Dramatic Rock Musical
SETTING: New York City, New York in the1980s
USA RUN DATES: New York Theatre Workshop, New York City, New York; USA: February 24, 1999 – March 21, 1999
OPENING NIGHT ENGLAND: Hoxton Hall, London; England: November 2010

CREW AND OTHER TECHNICAL INFORMATION

DIRECTOR: Michael Greif
PLAYWRIGHT: Paul Scott Goodman
COMPOSER & LYRICIST: Paul Scott Goodman
MUSICAL DIRECTOR: Richard Barone

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CAST :: CHARACTER NAME…PERFORMER NAME (USA RUN)

Jamie Conway…Patrick Wilson
Tad…Jerry Dixon
Amanda…Napiera Daniele Groves
Mother | Elaine…Annmarie Milazzo
Michael | Yasu | Drug Dealer #1…John Link Graney
Vicky | Tuff Babe #2 | Theresa…Natascia Diaz
Clara | The Statue of Liberty…Jacqueline Arnold
Tuff Babe #1 | Sally | Mary O’Brien McCann…Carla Bianco
Writer…Paul Scott Goodman
Drug Girl | Coma Baby | Elise…Liza Lapira
Alex | Drug Dealer #2 | Mad Person…Ken Marks
Pinkie | Megan…Kerry O’Malley

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CONCEPT CAST RECORDING CAST

Jamie Conway…Patrick Wilson
Clara…Christine Ebersole
Vicky…Sherie Rene Scott
Tad…Jesse L. Martin
Druggie/Coma Baby…Eden Espinosa
Mary O’Brien Mchann…Celia Keenan-Bolger
Amanda…Sharonn Leal
Mother…Anne Marie Milazzo
Michael…Gavin Creel

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MUSICAL NUMBERS :: Song Title…Characters Performing

“Bright Lights, Big City” – Chuck Bean, Jamie, Drug Girl & Ensemble
“Back In The City” – Tad, Jamie & Ensemble
“Sunday Morning 6AM” – Jamie, Chuck Bean, Mary, Mother Amanda & Ensemble.
“Coma Baby” – Coma Baby, Chuck Bean, Jamie & Ensmble
“Fact & Fiction” – Clara, Jamie & Ensemble
“I Hate The French” – Jamie & Employee
“Brother” – Michael, Amanda & Jamie
“I Hate The French (Reprise)” – Jamie
“Odeon” – Jamie, Tad & Ensmble
“Happy Birthday Darling” – Mother
“Missing” – Coma Baby, Mary & Jamie
“To Model” – Amanda & Jamie
“So Many Little Things” – Jamie, Mother, Michael & Ensemble
“Back In The City 2” – Tad
“Kindness” – Vicky
“Perfect Feeling” – Jamie, Vicky & Ensemble
“Bright Lights, Big City 2” – Jamie
“You Couldn”t Handle It Jamie” – Clara & Jamie
“My Son” – Clara & Jamie
“Wednesday” – Chuck, Tad & Jamie
“Camera Wall” – Amanda, Chuck Bean, Jamie, Mother, Michael, Mary, Coma Baby & Ensemble
“Heart And Soul” – Michael, Vicky & Mother
“Brother 2” – Michael & Jamie
“Mummies At The Met” – Mother, Jamie, Coma Baby, Mary & Ensemble
“Are You Still Holding My Hand?” – Mother
“Brother 3” Jamie & Michael
“Back In The City 3” – Tad & Ensemble
“Stay In My Life” – Jamie, Amanda, Vicky & Ensemble
“Bright Lights Big City 3 / Wordfall” – Jamie & Ensemble

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EXTRAS

Trivia

Opened to mixed reviews.

Compared unfavorably to Rent, which was created at the same theater with almost the same creative team minus the late Jonathan Larson