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The flashy girl from Flushing is headed to Broadway. Deadline report that a stage musical based on the hit ’90s sitcom The Nanny is in development. Series creators Fran Drescher (who also starred as the titular character) and Peter Marc Jacobson will write the musical’s book.
As for the music, the Emmy-winning creative team behind The CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend—Rachel Bloom and Adam Schlesinger—will write the score. Bloom, also a Golden Globe winner, will pen the lyrics. Producers Brian Zeilinger and Scott Zeilinger (Dear Evan Hansen) announced the production Wednesday, confirming that Marc Bruni (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical) will direct.
Bloom released her thoughts about the personal project in a statement:
The Nanny was a fundamental part of my childhood, because it was the first time I saw an openly Jewish female protagonist on television. The story of Fran Fine, however, is a universal one that has touched the hearts of people of every race, religion, and orientation. I am so proud to be using the characters established by The Nanny to tell a new story about one woman’s journey to becoming proud of who she is and what makes her different.
Director Bruni also spoke about the show, connecting it to another famous musical, The Sound of Music:
The Nanny television series began from a familiar theatrical premise—but what if instead of Maria Rainer with her guitar, Fran Fine showed up on the doorstep of a fractured family? Over its six seasons, the show examined class, coming of age, feminism, love, and Broadway with heart and laughs. I am thrilled to be working with Fran, Peter, Rachel, and Adam in bringing these characters to the stage in a fresh new light that I hope will delight fans of the show, as well as capture the imagination of a new generation of theatre-goers.
In their statement Drescher and Jacobson confirmed, “Nobody is cast yet—we’re plotting—but we feel confident we will find a fabulous actress who is funny, charming and has a great voice.” As for Drescher reprising her Emmy-nominated role on stage? She said, “Of course I would do it myself but we’d have to change the title to The Granny.”