Clark and McAnally Salute ‘Hee Haw’ With New Musical

Shane McAnally

Shane McAnally. Photo: Alysse Gafkjen

In addition to their day jobs as award-winning tunesmiths, Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally have been hard at work developing a musical comedy loosely inspired by the the classic television series Hee Haw. The much anticipated production Moonshine: The Hee Haw Musical will premiere on Sept. 2, 2015 at Dallas Theater Center. Moonshine will run through Oct. 11.

The production features direction from Gary Griffin (“Honeymoon in Vegas,” “The Color Purple”), a book by Robert Horn, choreography by Denis Jones, and musical supervision/arrangements/orchestrations from Stephen Oremus.

The musical tells the story of Misty Mae, a resident of Kornfield Kounty. Mae leaves the hayfields to follow her dreams in Tampa, Fla., only to return home to introduce her city-boy beau to her friends and family.

Brandy Clark. Photo: David McClister

Brandy Clark. Photo: David McClister

“We both grew up watching ‘Hee Haw,’ so it’s thrilling that we get to make our musical theater writing debut using source material that really shaped and defined so much in terms of the history of country music,” composers Clark and McAnally commented. “We’re loving the collaborative process of writing for the theater too, and can’t wait to get the show in front of audiences!”

Moonshine: That Hee Haw Musical will be produced by Opry Entertainment (Steve Buchanan, Sally Williams) and Fox Theatricals (Kristin Caskey, Mike Isaacson), in conjunction with Dallas Theater Center. The design includes Tony Award-winner John Lee Beatty (Scenic Design), Mara Blumenfeld (Costume Design) and Tara Rubin (Casting). Nina Lannan serves as Executive Producer.

Subscriptions for the complete Dallas Theater Center season (including Moonshine: That Hee Haw Musical) go on sale Feb. 9, 2015 and will be available starting at $126. Subscriptions can be purchased online at www.dallastheatercenter.org or by calling the AT&T Performing Arts Center Box Office at (214) 880-0202.

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