Friday, May 11, 2012

Zooey Deschanel to play Loretta Lynn in Broadway play

Zooey Deschanel with Loretta Lynn 
Last night during the Grand Ole Opry, Kentucky native, Loretta Lynn, made a surprising announcement. There will be a Broadway musical version of Coal Miner's Daughter. It will be on the life story of Loretta Lynn.

While on stage, Loretta introduced Zooey Deschanel to the audience. “I have a friend here tonight. I don’t know if ya’ll remember when Sissy Spacek was with me. I brought her out here with me. She about fainted. We both fainted,” Lynn said with a laugh. “She went on to do the Coal Miner’s Daughter, and you know from there. Well, there’s a little girl back stage that’s going to do the play of Coal Miner’s Daughter on Broadway,” Lynn continued. “Zooey, where you at honey?”

Zooey Deschanel replied with, "“This is a great honor for me. This is my hero.” Zooey is known for her work on the Fox sitcom,New Girl.

They would then perform a duet version of Coal Miner's Daughter. The song was a number one hit for Loretta Lynn in 1970. It was written about growing up as one of eight children in rural eastern Kentucky in the hills of Butcher Holler.

According to the Coal Miner's Daughter on Broadway website, "This stage version of Coal Miner's Daughter will tell the remarkable story of country music legend Loretta Lynn, from her impoverished Kentucky childhood, to her unlikely and triumphant rise to become the First Lady of Country Music and one of the greatest women of her generation."
Plans for a stage adaptation are still in the beginning stages, with no creative team attached or workshop dates announced. For more information on Loretta Lynn, go to