The much-loved variety show that ran from 1969-1997 will be reprised this fall as a live musical-comedy written by two of Nashville’s favorites: Brandy Clark (currently nominated for two Grammys, including Best Country Album) and Shane McAnally (her frequent collaborator, and two-time Grammy Award winner, who has also worked with Sam Hunt and Kacey Musgraves among others).
EW caught up with Clark and asked her about the rumors floating about the show, and here’s what she had to say: “It’s based on Hee Haw-esque characters, but it’s not the Hee Haw people saw on TV. It’s not a variety show; it’s a linear story. We were calling it Aint Your Mama’s Hee Haw at one point, just to be funny.” (Clark’s full interview can be found in this week’s issue, on stands Friday.)
Performances begin Sept. 2 and run through Oct. 11 at Dallas Theater Center. Released in a statement Thursday, the updated story is, “Set in present day Kornfield Kounty, this highly anticipated show introduces a new generation of irresistible characters as it tells the story of Misty Mae, the ultimate hometown girl, who heads out to follow her dreams in the big city of… Tampa. When she returns home to introduce her slick city-boy beau to her friends and family, everything goes haywire!”
The show is produced by Opry Entertainment, Fox Theatricals, along with Dallas Theater Center. The design includes Tony Award-winner John Lee Beatty, Mara Blumenfeld, and Tara Rubin. Nina Lannan serves as executive producer.