A NEW MUSICAL ABOUT THE STORIES WE TELL – AND THE ONES WE DON'T
Music, Book, and Story by Steve Martin
Music, Lyrics, and Story by Edie Brickell
Directed by Walter Bobbie
Inspired by an astonishing true event, the wholly original new musical BRIGHT STAR, written by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South 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 a shocking incident from her past. Together they discover a long-buried secret with the power to transform their lives.
BRIGHT STAR began performances at the Cort Theatre on Broadway on February 25th. For ticket info, visit brightstarmusical.com
Click here to watch Steve Martin talk about writing the musical: "It's been thrilling for me to watch and listen to the audience."
The new album from Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, So Familiar, will be available October 30.
Click here to pre-order the album.
Banjo player extraordinaire Danny Barnes is the 2015 recipient of the 6th annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. Described as "one of a kind" and widely acknowledged as "one of the best banjo players in America," Barnes is recognized for his experimental sound. The raw and unpolished musical breadth of his compositions has propelled him across the industry today.
As a Texas native and one of bluegrass music's most distinctive and innovative performers, Barnes is known for blending together different sounds in order to defy labeling.
The Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass provides the winner with an unrestricted cash prize of fifty-thousand dollars, as well as a bronze sculpture created specifically for the prize by noted artist Eric Fischl. Created to bring recognition to an individual or group for outstanding accomplishment in the field of five-string banjo or bluegrass music, the prize highlights the extraordinary musicianship of these artists and bluegrass music worldwide. The winner is determined by a board consisting of J.D Crowe, Pete Wernick, Tony Trischka, Anne Stringfield, Alison Brown, Neil V. Rosenberg, Béla Fleck and Steve Martin.
For more information about Danny Barnes, read this recent interview about his music and the prize.