The ballad of Rayna and Deacon may soon play the Great White Way.
Lionsgate and Broadway producer Scott Delman are developing Nashville as a live musical, our sister site Deadline reports. But before you dig out your Red Lips/White Lies tour t-shirt and book a flight to New York City, Nashies, there’s an important detail you should know.
Per Deadline’s report, the live stage adaptation will have an all-new musical score. That means that songs like “No One Will Ever Love You,” “Telescope,” “Buried Under” or “We Are Water” — all of which debuted on the ABC-to-CMT drama — likely won’t be a part of the Broadway version.
Delman’s Broadway credits include Mean Girls, Fun Home, Book of Mormon and Hello, Dolly! No word yet on casting or production dates, nor who else will be on the show’s creative team.
If the Nashville musical were to pull from the TV series’ cast, there are plenty of Broadway-minded folk who would fit the bill. Charles Esten, who played Deacon Claybourne for all six seasons of the country-music drama, also played the lead role of Buddy Holly in the West End production of Buddy and in the show’s American tour. Will Chase, who played Rayna’s rebuffed fiancé Luke Wheeler is known for his turns in Rent, Aida, Billy Elliot: The Musical and Something Rotten; he’s currently starring in Kiss Me Kate, which opens March 14. Laura Benanti, who recurred on Nashville as singer/songwriter Sadie, has starred in Gypsy and She Loves Me, among others, and now plays Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady. Kyle Dean Massey, who recurred as Will’s first boyfriend Kevin, has appeared in Next to Normal, Wicked and Pippin.
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