Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Saturday People

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Saturday People

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Surprise performers on Broadway

Broadway fans were treated to a surprise performance by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell at the end of their new musical, "Bright Star."

The cast had taken their bows to a standing ovation when part of the set was rotated to reveal Martin and Brickell to thunderous applause at the show's opening Thursday night at the Cort Theater. After they took their bows, director Walter Bobbie walked onstage and handed Martin a banjo. After Martin strapped it on, he launched into "Sun's Gonna Shine," with Brickell and the show's star, Carmen Cusack, trading verses as the audience clapped along.

Martin and Brickell have recorded two albums together, including the Grammy-winning "Love Has Come for You," but "Bright Star" is their first musical. The idea was sparked by the common love they share for musical theater. Martin joked about their tastes at the show's after-party.

"For Edie, it was 'The Sound of Music,' and for me it was 'Music Man' and 'West Side Story.' I have better taste," he said.

Shandling's show changed comedy * From 1992 to 1998, the six- season run of Garry Shandling's "The Larry Sanders Show" was little- watched, little-rewarded and yet became one of the most influential TV shows of the last 25 years.

It was a quiet landmark, airing on HBO before "The Sopranos" or any other shows more famously revamped television. But reverence for it a near perfect piece of comedy, radical in its unadorned portrait of a nightly late-night show and the damaged men behind it steadily grew from cult to canon in the years that followed.

Shandling's death Thursday in Los Angeles sent fans everywhere reaching for DVDs, YouTube clips or remembered catch phrases from the 66-year-old comedian's masterpiece. "The Larry Sanders Show" was the forerunner to a new kind of painfully awkward, hysterically authentic comedy that would inspire "The Office," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Freaks and Geeks," "Arrested Development" and a generation of comics. …

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