Hayden Panettiere and Connie Britton’s Nashville is coming to Broadway! The American musical drama became quite popular on ABC before heading to CMT for its fifth and sixth final season. The Broadway production will be handled by accomplished producer Scott Delman (Mean Girls), president of Blue Spruce Productions. Delman’s work has been nominated for 28 Tony awards out of 55 productions. Winning 10 of them for best production shows just how successful Delman is.
“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. From that rich DNA, we will be building an original story with entirely original music, written by major Nashville and Broadway songwriters,” Delman said. “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. Lionsgate has a treasure-trove of sterling IP, and I’m honored to be a part of this new phase of their live entertainment division.”
This will be Lionsgate’s first Broadway production.
“Nashville represents a unique opportunity to collaborate with Tony Award-winning producer Scott Delman to bring one of our most beloved properties to the stage in our first-ever Broadway production,” said Jenefer Brown, Lionsgate senior VP global live and location-based entertainment. “It kicks off an exciting slate of iconic Lionsgate properties that we will be bringing to a variety of platforms, transforming them into events that will expand the viewing experience for their fans and take our already successful live entertainment business to the next level.”
Nashville premiered in 2012 on its home network at the time, ABC. The show followed, Rayna Jaymes (Connie Britton) who was a solidified legend for two decades but soon saw her stardom fade as her rival Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere) became the next up-and-coming country pop star. Nashville aired for four seasons on ABC and later two seasons on CMT.
No further announcements have been made regarding casting and production dates.