Fran Drescher, Rachel Bloom working on ‘The Nanny’ Broadway musical
Marc Bruni, who directed the recent Broadway show “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,” is set to direct.
She had style, she had flair, she was there — and now, with the help of a “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,”she’s on the road to Broadway!
Amusical theateradaptation of the hit ’90s sitcom “The Nanny” is currently in the works, with the help ofa few seasonedTVveterans.
The series’original creators Fran Drescher (who also starred as nanny Fran Fine on the show) and her ex-husband Peter Marc Jacobsonare penning the book, while Rachel Bloom and Adam Schlesingertackle the score.
Bloom co-created,wrote, produced and starredin the CW musical series “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” for which Schlesingerwas an executive music producer, composer, musical directorand writer.
Thecast of the new musical has yet to be determined.
“Nobody is cast yet — we’re plotting — but we feel confident we will find a fabulous actress who is funny, charming and has a great voice,” Drescher and Jacobson saidin a statement.
Drescher joked: “Of course I would do it myself, but we’d have to change the title to ‘The Granny.’ ”
Bloom explained how this project has special meaning for her.
“‘The Nanny’ was a fundamental part of my childhood because it was the first time I saw an openly Jewish female protagonist on television,” she said in a statement. “The story of Fran Fine, however, is a universal one that has touched the hearts of people of every race, religion and orientation. I am so proud to be using the characters established by ‘The Nanny’ to tell a new story about one woman’s journey to becoming proud of who she is and what makes her different.”
Marc Bruni, who directed the recent Broadway show “Beautiful: TheCarole King Musical,” is set to direct, and Brianand Scott Zeilinger are the project’s producers.
“The Nanny” ran for six seasons from 1993 to 1999, following cosmetics saleswoman Fran Fine as she cared forthe three kids of a wealthy British widower, played by Charles Shaughnessy.
In a statement, Bruni described howthe series “began from a familiar theatrical premise”similarto the Broadway classic “The Sound of Music.”
“But what if instead of Maria Rainer with her guitar, Fran Fine showed up on the doorstep of a fractured family?” he continued.“Over its six seasons, the show examined class, coming of age, feminism, love and Broadway with heart and laughs. I am thrilled to be working with Fran, Peter, Rachel, and Adam in bringing these characters to the stage in a fresh new light that I hope will delight fans of the show, as well as capture the imagination of a new generation of theatre-goers.”
Bloom expressed her excitement for the projectWednesday, posting the news to herInstagram and writing, “I CAN FINALLY SPEAK ABOUT MY INVOLVEMENT WITH THIS!”
Drescher also showed her enthusiasmon herInstagram, writing, “The Nanny Musical Broadway Bound! Go online it’s all over the news!”
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