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Steve Martin, Edie Brickell Head to D.C. With Their Musical ‘Bright Star’

The Walter Bobbie-directed production will get a limited run at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater before heading to Broadway next spring

Steve Martin and Edie Brickell are taking new musical “Bright Star” to the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater before heading to Broadway.

The musical, directed by Tony winner Walter Bobbie, will get a limited run at the Washington, D.C. theater beginning Dec. 2, with an official opening night on Dec. 17. Performances will run through Jan. 10, 2016.

Inspired by a true event, the wholly original musical tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set in the American South of 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 her past. Together they discover a secret that has the power to transform their lives.

Martin and Brickell previously collaborated on the bluegrass album “Love Has Come For You,” whose title track earned them a Grammy for Best American Roots Song last January.

The duo follows Elton John, Green Day, Cyndi Lauper and Sting as pop performers who’ve taken a stab at Broadway.

“Bright Star” features music and book by Martin, music and lyrics by Brickell, choreography by Josh Rhodes, scenic design by Eugene Lee, costume design by Jane Greenwood, lighting design by Japhy Weideman and sound design by Nevin Steinberg. It was developed at The Old Globe in San Diego, where it had its world premiere.

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