Sunday, May 27, 2012

Bluegrass Meets Shakespeare


Steve Martin has a new writing partner, a guy even more famous than the comedian, actor, writer and banjo player.

Martin has teamed up with no less than William Shakespeare to add music to the playwright’s lyrics for a smattering of tunes at the Public Theater’s production this summer of “As You Like It” in New York City’s Central Park.

The show’s director, Daniel Sullivan, decided to set the action in the rural American South around 1840, a perfect time for folk music.

That’s where Martin stepped in — composing five bluegrass songs to accompany the Bard’s lyrics, helping celebrate the 50th-anniversary season of free Shakespeare in the Park with style. MORE HERE

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