‘Nashville’ TV Show To Become Broadway Musical

The Lionsgate/ABC Studios series Nashville, which ran for six seasons on ABC, CMT and Hulu, will soon be adapted as a Broadway musical.

Scott Delman, a 10-time Tony Award winner, will serve as lead producer, and has acquired the live theatrical rights from Lionsgate and ABC Studios. Additional information, including production dates and the complete creative team, will be announced at a later date.

Delman has served as producer or co-producer on 55 Broadway productions, including the musicals American Idiot, Ragtime, Book of Mormon, Hello, Dolly!, and more. Twenty-eight of his productions have garnered Tony Award nominations for best production of their respective categories, and 10 have won.

Nashville represents Lionsgate’s first-ever Broadway production, kicking off a series of live stage productions based on Lionsgate film and television properties.

Nashville, with its complex, relatable characters and sweeping emotional gestures, has all of the narrative elements that I look for in great theatrical source material. From that rich DNA, we will be building an original story with entirely original music written by major Nashville and Broadway songwriters,” said Delman. “We are particularly excited to deliver Broadway’s first score of true contemporary country music—a genre that has exploded with mainstream audiences in recent years. Lionsgate has a treasure-trove of sterling I.P., and I’m honored to be a part of this new phase of their live entertainment division.”

“Nashville represents a unique opportunity to collaborate with Tony Award-winning producer Scott Delman to bring one of our most beloved properties to the stage in our first-ever Broadway production,” said Jenefer Brown, Lionsgate Sr. VP, global live & location-based entertainment. “It kicks off an exciting slate of iconic Lionsgate properties that we will be bringing to a variety of platforms, transforming them into events that will expand the viewing experience for their fans and take our already successful live entertainment business to the next level.”

For six seasons the award-winning hit show Nashville, created by Callie Khouri, was set against the backdrop of Music City’s music industry scene and followed the lives of country music superstars as well as the up-and-coming performers and songwriters trying to get ahead in the business.



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