University of Michigan Musket gets creative amid COVID pandemic, films musical for streaming

‘Bright Star’ will be streamed through BookTix -- only one StreamPass needed per household

U-M students get creative amid COVID pandemic

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – In the middle of a pandemic, you don’t expect to see the spring musical, but at the University of Michigan, some students decided they weren’t going to sit on their hands.

So they came up with a COVID-friendly musical shot entirely on video.

“Bright Star” is a Broadway musical written by comedian Steve Martin and singer Edie Brickell, inspired by their Grammy-winning bluegrass album “Love Has Come For You.”

It’s jumps in time between the 1920′s and 1940′s in the American south. It’s a musical U-M’s Musket students chose to perform on video, adhering to COVID safety protocols as best they could. The finished product is a full-length feature film which will stream online for free twice Sunday.

The shows will stream at 2 p.m. and at 8 p.m. In order to see the show, you need to order tickets in advance and get a streaming code emailed to you.

You can register for tickets online here.

You can watch the trailer for “Bright Star” in the video below, or on Musket’s official Facebook page here.

BRIGHT STAR tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina in the 1920s and ’40s. When successful literary editor Alice Murphy meets an ambitious young soldier just home from World War II, their connection inspires Alice to confront her past. Together they discover a stunning secret with the power to transform their lives.

More information on “Bright Star” can be found on the official Musket website here.

A full cast list can be seen here.

The Facebook page also has behind-the-scenes look at the cast and crew that worked on the musical, which can also be seen below.

Meet the Crew:

Meet the Bright Star crew in our next behind the scenes video!

Meet the Cast:

While you wait for our last three performances of Bright Star, check out our final behind the scenes video where you can meet the talented cast.

About the Authors:

Rod Meloni is an Emmy Award-winning Business Editor on Local 4 News and a Certified Financial Planner™ Professional.

Dane is a producer and media enthusiast. He previously worked freelance video production and writing jobs in Michigan, Georgia and Massachusetts. Dane graduated from the Specs Howard School of Media Arts.