Tuesday, August 4, 2009
– Lorrie Morgan is going Broadway.
Morgan was cast in the Broadway-bound production of the hit movie "Pure Country." She joins fellow singer Joe Nichols to headline the new musical that is expected to open on Broadway in early 2010. Nichols takes on the role of 'Rusty' (Dusty in the movie), made famous in the film by George Strait. Morgan will be Lula, Rusty's ruthless manager, which was created on film by Lesley Anne Warren.
"To have a country music star of her caliber sets the artistic bar high and brings additional authenticity to the show," said producer Randall L. Wreghitt. "The combination of Joe Nichols and Lorrie Morgan promises to be a dream collaboration for country music fans and for everyone who sees the show."
"I never thought my life's path would take me to Broadway, but when I heard they were creating a musical based on one of country music's best-loved films, I knew I had to be part of it," Morgan said. "I'm very excited about making my Broadway debut and becoming part of the theater community. I'm also looking forward to working with Joe Nichols. He's an amazing talent, and I hope country fans come on up to the big city to see us."
"Pure Country" is a book musical based on the 1992 film of the same name. The musical features an eclectic original score that draws on the sounds of new and classic country, Broadway and contemporary music.
Rusty is a country music superstar at the height of his career with all the high-stakes pressures that come with it. When the pressure takes its toll, he abandons his overblown concert tour, and his search to find himself - and the love he left behind - begins. The show is about the price of fame and one man's journey home.