10:29pm PT by Scott Feinberg
Tonys: Double-Nominee Steve Martin Makes Surprise Appearance During His Musical 'Bright Star' (Video)
Steve Martin, the beloved actor/musician who wrote the book and, with Edie Brickell, composed the music for the Broadway musical Bright Star, surprised the show's Friday night audience at the Cort Theatre by making a surprise on-stage appearance after intermission.
When the curtain came up, Martin was front-and-center playing his show's score on the banjo, surrounded by the band that is normally on stage at that time without him. The audience instantly erupted into a loud and standing ovation. (Watch footage from the audience and from the rafters below.)
"This is a first," confirmed an awestruck usher.
Bright Star received five Tony nominations on May 3, including best musical (Hamilton is the category's heavy favorite), best actress in a musical (stunning newcomer Carmen Cusack) and best orchestrations. Martin is personally nominated for best book and, with Brickell, best score.