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Tony Awards Close-Up: What About BRIGHT STAR Brings Steve Martin and Edie Brickell the Most Joy? Find Out!

Can't get enough of BRIGHT STAR? The show earned five Tony nominations earlier this week, and it's thanks to the work of the show's creators Steve Martin and Edie Brickell- nominees for Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, and Best Score. Below, watch as they tell us why watching audiences react brings them so much joy!

Martin is one of the most well-known and pervasive talents in entertainment. His work has earned him an Academy Award®, five Grammy® awards (two for comedy, three for music), an Emmy®, the Mark Twain Award and the Kennedy Center Honor. Martin's films are widely popular successes, such as The Jerk (1979), Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987), Roxanne (1987, also screenplay), Parenthood (1989), L.A. Story (1991, also screenplay), Father of the Bride (1991), and Bowfinger (1999). As an author, Martin's work includes the play Picasso (1987, also screenplay) Parenthood (1989), L.A. Story (1991, also screenplay), Father of the Bride (1991), and Bowfinger (1999, also screenplay). As an author, Martin's work includes the plays Picasso at the Lapin Agile and The Underpants; the best-selling novella, Shopgirl, and his memoir Born Standing Up. Also an accomplished banjoist, Martin released his third full-length album,Love Has Come For You in 2013, with songwriter Edie Brickell. The album won a Grammy for "Best American Roots Song" and inspired the musical Bright Star. The duo's second album So Familiar is out now and features 12 new songs that bring the duo's musical collaboration into fresh creative territory.

Brickell released the debut multi-platinum album Shooting Rubber Bands At The Stars with New Bohemians in 1988. Her recent works include a 13-track collaboration with Steve Martin titled Love Has Come For You. The album won a Grammy® for "Best American Roots Song" and inspired the musical Bright Star. Their second album, So Familiar, is out now.

Inspired by a real event, Bright Star tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and '40s. When literary editor Alice Murphy meets a young soldier just home from World War II, he awakens her longing for the child she once lost. Haunted by their unique connection, Alice sets out on a journey to understand her past - and what she finds has the power to transform both of their lives.

The American Theatre Wing's 70th Annual Tony Awards, hosted by Tony Award winner James Corden, will air on the CBS Television Network on Sunday, June 12, 2016 (8:00-11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT) live from the Beacon Theatre in New York City.




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