Lionsgate and Blue Spruce Productions announced Tuesday the ABC series “Nashville” will be adapted into a Broadway musical.
“Nashville,” which aired for six seasons on ABC, CMT and Hulu, will be adapted by Producer Scott Delman, a ten-time Tony Award® winner.
Delman will serve as lead producer and acquired the live theatrical rights from Lionsgate and ABC Studios, which co-produced and distributed the television show.
“‘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 I.P., and I’m honored to be a part of this new phase of their live entertainment division.”
“Nashville” was set in Music City 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.
“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.”
Additional information, including production dates and the complete creative team, will be announced shortly.
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.