Steve Martin's Musical 'Bright Star' to Play Kennedy Center Before Broadway Debut

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Inspired by a true event, the new musical follows successful literary editor Alice Murphy and an ambitious young World War II soldier who returns home to the South.

On his way to Broadway, Steve Martin is stopping at the Kennedy Center.

Bright Star, the comedian-musician's production with Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Edie Brickell, will play a limited engagement at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater in Washington, D.C., before its anticipated Broadway debut in the spring, producer Joey Parnes (A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder) announced Tuesday.

Directed by Walter Bobbie (Chicago), the new musical will begin previews in D.C. on Dec. 2 and open officially on Dec. 17. It will play through Jan. 10, 2016.

Inspired by a true event, Bright Star follows successful literary editor Alice Murphy and an ambitious young World War II soldier who returns home to the South. Their connection inspires Alice to confront her past, and they discover a stunning secret with the power to transform their lives. 

Martin and Brickell previously collaborated on the 2013 country-bluegrass album Love Has Come For You. Martin penned the book for Bright Star, and co-wrote the music with lyricist Brickell. The show was developed and had its world premiere at The Old Globe in San Diego last year.

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