The sound of bluegrass will fill Cohoes Music Hall for the next two months as the Playhouse Stage Company stages back-to-back shows infused with the quintessence of banjo, fiddle and mandolin. The first is “Bright Star,” a two-act musical written by the duo of multi-talented comedian Steve Martin and singer-songwriter and former frontman Edie Brickell of The New Bohemians. The show opens Thursday and runs through February 13. After that comes a March set of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic “Oklahoma!” in an original arrangement for bluegrass ensemble.
“Bright Star” is set in North Carolina in the 1940s with flashbacks to the 1920s. It centers on a woman whose newborn baby is taken from her. Based on a true story, the show was an outgrowth of Martin and Brickell’s collaboration on a 2013 album of original songs titled “Love Has Come for You.” Both artists contributed music and Brickell wrote the lyrics.