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Backstage on Broadway: Steve Martin and Edie Brickell bring their talents to new musical ‘Bright Star’

Posted: 4:53 PM, Mar 31, 2016
Updated: 2016-03-31 16:53:39-04

We all know this Steve Martin, from 'SNL', 'Roxanne' and 'Little Shop of Horrors', but now this comic genius has turned his love of Blue Grass music and musicals into a hit new show called Bright Star . And he's done it with famed singer-songwriter Edie Brickell.

"Edie and I started talking about how much we love the musicals we grew up on in her case it was Sound of Music and mine was Music Man or West Side Story," ," Steve Martin said. "We just started thinking about what it would be like to write and we started to look for an idea [and] Edie found a newspaper item from 1902 and we thought this could be a good story and here it is."

The red carpet was packed with star-studded friends who all shared their favorite Steve Martin moments and thoughts about him taking on Broadway.

"Moments working on the King Tut skit when he did it on Saturday Night Live," Paul Shaffer remembered. "I did an elephant man scene with him and I was the dog-face boy."
"Steve is a  brilliant man who is constantly challenged by the things he has not done yet," Martin Short gushed. "He is an unstoppable creative force."
"Whatever Steve touches is golden in my book," Howard Stern said. "I have been a fan of Steve my entire adult life and I am anxious to see what he has done here."

The whole company shined on opening night.

"I feel so proud!" Carmen Cusack smiled.

And the audience got treated to a big surprise at curtain called when Steve and Edie took the stage!

AND, THE AUDIENCE GOT TREATED TO A BIG SURPRISE AT CURTAIN CALL WHEN STEVE AND EDIE TOOK THE  STAGE.

"This is the most collaborative process I have ever worked on," Martin said.

"It's like a celebration!" Brickell added.

Bright Star is currently playing at the Cort Theatre.