Pure Country On Broadway Rehearsals Pushed Back
January 8, 2010 at 7:14 AM (PT)
As reported by THE BOOT blog, rehearsals for PURE COUNTRY on BROADWAY have been pushed back to early fall. If all goes as planned, PURE COUNTRY should open late fall or early winter of 2010 in NEW YORK CITY. The BROADWAY play is an adaptation of the 1992 film by the same name starring GEORGE STRAIT.
SHOW DOG-UNIVERSAL MUSIC/NASHVILLE's JOE NICHOLS will play main character role of "Rusty" and COUNTRY CROSSING/NASHVILLE's LORRIE MORGAN will play his manager "Lula."
NICHOLS said: "I'm excited. I don't think anybody expects me to jump out of the box and be this BROADWAY sensation or anything like that. The pressure is kind of low. First of all, (I'll be) singing Country songs which I do every night anyway. I'm playing a country singer, which I already am. It doesn't seem like that far of a stretch! NEW YORK's never heard of me, so there's nobody keeping their eyeballs on me expecting me to do great things. I think the only thing I'm going to try to remember is to go up to NEW YORK and have a little bit of fun and represent NASHVILLE and Country music in a classy way, and maybe try to get away from a little bit of the 'thumbs-in-the-belt-loops,' 'aw shucks,' 'howdy partner' kind of stigma that NEW YORK seems to have on us."
For more on PURE COUNTRY on BROADWAY, see www.purecountryonbroadway.com.