Country Music Hall of Fame star Loretta Lynn is bringing her life story to the broadway stage and she asked actress and singer Zooey Deschanel to portray her in the play.
Lynn unveiled plans to create a musical adaptation of Coal Miner’s Daugher during a Grand Ole Opry show at the Ryman Auditorium on Thursday night. The singer sang four songs before brining Deschanel out on stage to sing the title track. She made the announcement of Deschanel’s portrayal of her in this new musical exactly the same way she invited actress Spacek on stage at the Opry in 1979, revealing she would play her in the upcoming film.
At her show Thursday night, Lynn said:
“I have a friend here tonight. I don’t know if ya’ll remember when Sissy Spacek was with me. I brought her out here with me. She about fainted. We both fainted. She went on to the Coal Miner’s Daughter, and you know from there. Well, there’s a little girl backstage that’s going to do the play of Coal Miner’s Daughter on Broadway. Zooey, where you at honey?”
Zooey then came out on stage and joined Lynn in trading verses of “Coal Miner’s Daughter.”
Plans for the stage adaptation are still in the beginning stages, with no creative team in place or workshop dates set. The producers behind the project have produced Legally Blonde, The Color Purple, Red, and Thoroughly Modern Millie.
The play will not conflict with Deschanel’s New Girl filming schedule. Deschanel is not new to the music business. She has appeared on several movie soundtracks and in a jazz cabaret act. She also released three albums with M. Ward under the folk-rock duo She & Him.
I know I can’t wait for her to hit the Broadway stage! Can you???