Recently, I was called by Steve Martin asking for me to audition for a musical that he's written with Edie Brickell called "Bright Star". I went to play and go over some of the music from the show with him and the music director about two months ago, and I've just gotten confirmation that I'm going officially to be the banjoist in the workshop! I'm incredibly grateful to everyone that has supported my music, because without that positive energy and support, I may have never gotten this great opportunity.
How and when?
It was so cool to get a call directly from Steve, and being that he uses an unknown number, I ignored the call. So he left a voicemail. I was at my friend's wedding(who also may be playing in the show!) passing out programs when I got the call, and I immediately showed my wife so we could freak out together. It was so cool to hear this totally recognizable voice on the other end of the phone when listening to the message. He was really nice, complimented my record, and mentioned that Noam Pikelny recommended me. Thanks, Noam :).
What is a workshop?
So from what I've gathered from our meetings is that a workshop is a non-public event where we get the show nice and polished up, then perform a couple shows for investors. This is basically the very first step in getting to Broadway, which, of course, is most every playwright's dream. I think this show has a good chance :). I'm not sure of the plot, but the music is awesome(really fun to play), and it seems like everything Steve Martin touches ends up being successful. The workshop is being put on by the Old Globe Theater in San Diego, CA, and Walter Bobbie is directing it.
Anyways, I've been waiting a while to share the news, and now that my spot is confirmed, I feel I can share. Thanks for coming to my page, and also don't for get to check out my Practice Strategy Checklist for Bluegrass Banjo. It's a whole bunch of amazing information I've put together to help you become a better practicer, which is so crucial to becoming a better musician. It's very inexpensive, too!