Asheville Stories Take the Stage

Asheville Stories Take the Stage
Steve Martin produces musical to rave reviews

Wayne Alan Wilcox and Carmen Cusack, with the cast of Bright Star.

Photo by Joan Marcus. © Copyright 2014 The Old Globe.

Although still primarily known as a silver-screen funny man, Steve Martin's reputation as a banjo player and songwriter has grown considerably in the years since he bought a home in the area and first teamed up with Asheville-based bluegrass band Steep Canyon Rangers.

Now the silver-haired musician/movie star is putting Asheville in the spotlight in his new musical Bright Star, which is based on a book by Martin and a Grammy-winning album he recorded with folk-pop singer Edie Brickell.

The story follows two Asheville characters--a World War II veteran and a newspaper editor--whose lives intertwine during the 1920s, 30s and 40s. The show is currently on stage at the Old Globe in San Diego through November 2 but is rumored to be setting its sights on Broadway following positive reviews by both The New York Times and Variety.

There's even a song in the show called "Asheville," based on Martin and Brickell's song "When You Get to Asheville." Watch a video of the duo performing the song on David Letterman last year.

Cold Mountain Journeys to Opera
The curtain will rise on another Asheville story in 2015 as the Santa Fe Opera presents Cold Mountain, based on the novel by local author Charles Frazier. The book was adapted into a major motion picture in 2003 starring Jude Law and Nicole Kidman. Actress Renee Zellweger won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance.

The real Cold Mountain makes a great day trip from the Asheville area.

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