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    Woo hoo! I've got a pit orchestra gig playing mandolin for a production of Bright Star. I saw a professional production a couple of months ago — what I'm doing is a high school production, but it pays pretty well.

    Anyone here played this show before? Mandolin part is fairly extensive — in the show I saw, the mandolin player doubled on guitar, so there is more in the score than what I have heard. Most of it doesn't look terribly difficult.
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    Default Re: BRIGHT STAR: musical by Steve Martin & Edie Brickell

    My occasional band - Runaway Train - got to play a pre-show set at the regional performance last week. The "Bright Star" producers partnered with the CBA to have a different bluegrass or old time band play live for the hour or so before each night of the production. That was really fun!
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    Default Re: BRIGHT STAR: musical by Steve Martin & Edie Brickell

    Currently doing my second high school production of Bright Star, and having a blast.
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    Default Re: BRIGHT STAR: musical by Steve Martin & Edie Brickell

    Our own Wayne Fugate was the (or one of the) mando players that toured with "Bright Star".

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    Default Re: BRIGHT STAR: musical by Steve Martin & Edie Brickell

    Indeed! Photo evidence suggests that in Wayne's production the band was up on the stage playing from memory at least part of the time. I haven't had to do that in these here high school productions ... more of a "pit band" atmosphere. We plugged in the violinist and gave her a little boost with a Fishman Loudbox, but I'm told the mandolin and banjo are cutting through just fine without amplification (theatre is on the small side).
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    Default Re: BRIGHT STAR: musical by Steve Martin & Edie Brickell

    Wayne worked as a sub when it was on Broadway and then did the tour. Steve Martin would show up occasionaly and play with the band. Wayne's a great guy. If you want to get in touch with him PM me and I'll give you his email.
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ID:	184149 Here's a photo of the band on stage. That's Wayne on the mandolin
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