An Over-Stuffed Steve Martin Musical

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Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Wayne Alan Wilcox as Jimmy Ray Dobbs and Carmen Cusack as Alice Murphy with the cast of the world premiere of 'Bright Star.' Wayne Alan Wilcox as Jimmy Ray Dobbs and Carmen Cusack as Alice Murphy with the cast of the world premiere of 'Bright Star.' (Joan Marcus)

Steve Martin has quite a resume: comic, actor, writer, art collector, banjo player and now, musical book writer and musical theater co-creator. Martin and his collaborator, singer-songwriter Edie Brickell, have written the new show Bright Star, in which we see the lives of two people from the perspective of a couple of different decades in their lives.

Martin wrote the book, Brickell the lyrics, and they worked together on the songs. The music is flavored by the bluegrass sound that has been one of Martin’s passions for years and is appropriate to the show’s setting, in the Blue Ridge Mountains. What’s bright about Bright Star and what are its chances of moving to Broadway from its debut home, the Globe Theater in San Diego? New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood traveled to the West Coast to find out.

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