Deacon, Scarlett, Gunnar, Juliette and Rayna are heading to the Big Stage.
Lionsgate producer Scott Delman announced on Tuesday (March 5) that Nashville, which ran for six seasons will become a Broadway musical. According to a Lionsgate press release, Delman will serve as the lead producer and has acquired the live theatrical rights. Additional information, including production dates and the complete creative team, is to be announced.
“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,” said Scott Delman. “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.”
“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 SVP, Global Live & 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.”
For six seasons, the award-winning hit show “Nashville” was set against the backdrop of the city’s music scene and followed the lives of country music superstars as well as the up-and-coming performers and songwriters trying to get ahead in the business. Created by Callie Khouri, in “Nashville,” musicians and songwriters are at the heart of the storm, driven by their own ambitions. Some are fueled by their creativity and passion for fame. Others struggle to cope with the pressures of success and are doing everything in their power to stay on top.
Nashville has had a lasting effect on the Tennessee capital. From 2012 to 2018, it dramatized the inner workings of the city’s music scene and followed the lives of fictitious country music superstars, as well as rising artists trying to get ahead in the business.
A 10-time Tony award winner, Delman has produced or co-produced 55 Broadway productions, including the musicals American Idiot, Ragtime, Book of Mormon, Hello, Dolly!, Fun Home, Mean Girls and many more.