Popular television drama Nashville will make its return — this time on Broadway. The hit television series, which lasted six seasons on ABC, CMT and Hulu, aired its final episode in 2018.
The show will come back to life through a Broadway musical adaptation with 10-time Tony Award winner Scott Delman (American Idiot, Ragtime, Book of Mormon, Hello, Dolly!, Fun Home, Mean Girls) at its helm. Delman will serve as lead producer of the show and has acquired the live theatrical rights from Lionsgate and ABC Studios, according to a press release.
“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,” Delman said 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.”
He added, “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.”
For six seasons, Nashville brought the characters and storylines of Music City’s vibrant music scene to life. Additional information on the upcoming musical, including production dates and a creative team, is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
Former Nashville actor Sam Palladio, who played Gunnar Scott throughout the series, shared the news on Twitter.
— Sam Palladio (@SamPalladio) March 5, 2019