CMT.com is reporting that Joe Nichols may not be part of the Broadway musical, Pure Country. Nichols had been cast as Rusty, the lead role in the Broadway version of the 1992 George Strait film. Rehearsals were scheduled to begin earlier this year for the production which was also to star Lorrie Morgan.
“The status is, I don’t think it’s gonna happen for me,” said Nichols, who pointed to the economy as a reason for the delay of the production. “When they backed up the show, it put us in a difficult situation because we had blocked off about six to eight months of time just for that show. That’s without touring, no media, no nothing. So now I just don’t see that we could probably take another six-month gap in our schedule, especially with how hot ‘Gimmie That Girl’ is and the album.”
Nichols did say he believes the production will go forward, but added, “If we’re in it, it might be a long shot.”