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Lorrie Morgan goes Broadway

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.

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Letting Go...Slow CD review - Letting Go...Slow
During her lengthy career Loretta Lynn Morgan has had a lot of hits, though lately she has been in the news more for cutting cake (married six times at press time) than for cutting records. "Letting Go . . . Slow" is her first solo album since 2010's pop-oriented "I Walk Alone" (about which the less said the better), and she seems to be trying to make a country comeback, going mostly with covers on this record. Speaking of covers, for some reason Morgan has gone with a »»»
Show Me How
Lorrie Morgan's career may have enjoyed a higher profile, but that shouldn't be because of albums like this. The sexy blonde generally hits the mark. What sets Morgan apart and always has is her singing ability. She got strong pipes time and again and uses them to good effect throughout. That's particularly true on the uptempo numbers such as the lead off "Do You Still Wanna Buy Me That Drink (Frank)" where she plays a strong twice-divorced woman with two teens to raise and meets a man in a bar. »»»
The Color of Roses
Lorrie Morgan always has benefitted from a strong voice that could be alternately vulnerable or upbeat with the requisite emotion plus a slew of good songs to help her voice put them over. But on this 19-song live set, featuring mainly a bunch of her hits and some generally well chosen hits, both Morgan and band sound remarkably inert. This is quite a surprise because in concert, Morgan possesses a lot of vocal energy and dynamism. In fact, there isn't a whole lot of difference between what is »»»