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Steve Martin to score Shakespeare's 'As You Like It'

March 9, 2012 |  7:15 am


If all the world’s a stage, then Steve Martin might be one of its biggest talents. 

The comedian-actor-author-musician has been tapped to compose original folk-style music for the Shakespeare in the Park production of “As You Like It” at the Delacorte Theater June 5 to 30 in New York's Central Park.

If you think the Bard and twang don’t mix, director Daniel Sullivan has relocated Rosalind, Orlando and their enchanted Forest of Arden to the American South of the 1840s, complete with live bluegrass band. On stage, Lily Rabe will lead the cast as Rosalind. 

The banjo-strumming Martin won a Grammy for his 2009 debut bluegrass album “The Crow: New Songs for the 5-String Banjo” and was nominated again this year in the same category with his band the Steep Canyon Rangers, although this year the award went to Alison Krauss and Union Station.

After the ceremony, Martin took to Twitter to take stock of his still ample trophy collection writing, “Emmy: check. Grammy: check. Tony: eat me. Oscar: shove it. Pulitzer: who cares.”


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Photo: Steve Martin. Credit: Sandee O / PBS