Steve Martin – known for his comedy, film work, and more recently as a bluegrass musician and composer – and his co-writer, famed singer-songwriter Edie Brickell.
“I had a 33 rpm of ‘The Music Man’ that I just played over and over and over and memorized,” said Martin.
You may remember Martin’s first hit song, “King Tut.” His real musical talent was on the instrument he started playing as a teenager.
“Bright Star,” set in North Carolina, is inspired by an old newspaper article Edie found: “It was a story about a baby that had been thrown from a train in a suitcase, and it lived,” Martin recalled.
In the midst of all of this, Martin and Brickell managed to release a new album recently, complete with a video shot in, of all places, an elevator.
With Martin, now 70, and Brickell, 50, it does seem that their musical collaboration is a still a bit of a surprise – even for them.
So what do they hope audiences will take away from the show? “Me, I hope they have a good time,” Martin said.