Nashville musical adaptation in the works, aiming for Broadway
Looks like there’s going to be a taste of Nashville in New York City.
On Tuesday, Lionsgate announced a musical adaption of the ABC/CMT country music series Nashville is being adapted for the Broadway stage. Tony Award-winning Broadway producer Scott Delman (American Idiot, Book of Mormon; Hello, Dolly!, Mean Girls) has acquired the live theatrical rights to the TV show that ran for six seasons first on ABC (2012-16) and later on CMT from 2016-18. Delman will join forces with Lionsgate to develop the musical with an all-new score.
“Nashville, with its complex, relatable characters and sweeping emotional gestures, has all of the narrative elements that I look for in great theatrical source material,” said Delman in a statement. “From that rich DNA, we will be building an original story with entirely original music, written by major Nashville and Broadway songwriters. We are particularly excited to deliver Broadway’s first score of true contemporary country music – a genre that has exploded with mainstream audiences in recent years.”
Created by Callie Khouri, the TV series followed the lives of country music superstars and up-and-coming singer-songwriters trying to get their break in music city. Connie Britton starred as queen of the country scene Rayna James for season 1-5, before her character was tragically killed off in season 5 when the actress decided to leave the series. Hayden Panettiere and Charles Esten also starred through all six seasons.
Let’s hope there’s just as much drama, divas and darling tunes in the stage adaptation!