Hands up those who remember the 1992 film Pure Country! Anyone? Oh, all right. Well, it’s being adapted as a Broadway musical, aiming to make its debut in the 2010-2011 season.
Pure Country, which will feature a book by Peter Masterson (of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas fame) and Rex McGee, music by Steve Dorff and lyrics by John Bettis, tells the story of Rusty, a Country music superstar at the height of his career. When the high-stakes pressures that come with the job take their toll, Rusty abandons his overblown concert tour, and begins his search to find himself – and the love he left behind.
The show’s official website says that the show will be directed by Masterson, with choreography by Warren Carlyle, who recently directed and choreographed the current revival of Finian’s Rainbow. Joe Nichols will play Rusty and Lorrie Morgan will take the part of his manager, Lula.
Sounds fascinating, no? Especially with a one-liner telling us that “Pure Country is about the price of fame and one man’s journey home”. Yee-ha!
I’m not so excited because I’m not so much into country, but if there ever were a time for a country musical, it’s now. Although one could argue that Next to Normal is influenced as much by the alt-country movement as exemplified by Cat Power and the like as it is by rock.