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Steve Martin musical 'Bright Star'

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Upon hearing that Steve Martin was going to be a part of a new musical, excitement shot through with the thought that maybe his character as one of the The Festrunk Brothers ("Two Wild and Crazy Guys!") sketch from Saturday Night Live was going to be brought to the stage. Not the case, but, Steve Martin and his musical partner, Edie Brickell, have written a new musical titled, "Bright Star," which will be workshopped in March 2014.

"Bright Star," based on an original short story by Martin and Brickell, will be presented through the assistance of The Old Globe, and directed by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie. The musical is set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina between 1945 and 1922, and portrays a young man returning from war to uncover dark secrets of his past. It will feature a bluegrass score and songs from Brickell and Martin's new album, "Love Has Come for You."

"Love Has Come for You," released in April 2013, is a gentle folk album that highlights Martin's accomplished banjo playing. Martin is more than a comedian, actor and writer, he can pratfall with the best of them but he also learned to play the banjo at the age of 17 and composes on the instrument. Martin may have used the banjo as his staple prop in his early stand-up years but he has also played with the likes of Earl Scruggs, who was known for his three-finger banjo-picking style now called, "Scruggs style."

Martin, who just wrapped up a six-week music tour will publish his tour diaries beginning Dec. 7 on his website, SteveMartin.com. "Bright Star" will be presented Mar. 6 and Mar. 7 in NYC.

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