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Steve Martin penning new musical

Steve Martin has revealed he is working on a new musical he hopes to open on Broadway.

The actor, comedian and musician, who plays the banjo, is about to embark on a live tour with singer-songwriter Edie Brickell with whom he wrote a bluegrass album.

But the 68-year-old star revealed he is also busy working on an experimental new stage show with Edie.

Steve said: "Right now, we're in the middle of this musical, and that's mostly on my mind, and we're both at a very free state in our creativity, meaning we work quickly and without inhibition. That is perfect for what we're doing."

The actor was keeping tight-lipped about the story, but he did reveal: "Let's put it this way: There's a new type of musical out there. I don't mean like a rock 'n' roll musical. There's sort of a new sound of a musical that's different from the big orchestra.

"It's got more of a pared-down orchestra with stringed instruments - in this case there will be the banjo, fiddle, cello, piano, maybe seven instruments. And the musicians will be on stage, integrated into the show. It has a beginning, middle and end and a strong story. The story's very strong."

Asked where he thinks music might take his career next Steve said: "I don't know, I really don't know. This musical is taking most of my time right now, and that'll be in place within the next nine or 10 months, I think, or at least a year. Then we'll look and see what I'm doing. You can't stay on the road forever, so I just don't know."

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