Reba McEntire’s ‘Fancy’ inspires Broadway musical

Fancy is currently in development

Reba McEntire is returning to Broadway… sorta. A new musical inspired by her 1991 hit “Fancy” is in the works. Playbill reports that a two-day development lab of Fancy will be presented on March 16th at 4 pm and March 17th at 11 am and 3 pm at Off-Broadway’s Westside Theatre, located at 407 West 43rd Street.

The musical is helmed by Margot Astrachan and the Peccadillo Theater Company. Susan DiLallo and Dan Wackerman are credited as book writers with Denis Jones directing and choreographing the play.

Besides the title track, the score will feature “I Walk The Line,” “Redneck Woman,” “Before He Cheats,” “Hit The Road, Jack” and “I Can’t Make You Love Me.”

The musical stars Katie Boeck (Spring Awakening) as Fancy, Matt Bogart (Jersey Boys), Felicia Finley (The Wedding Singer), Jon Patrick Walker (Young Frankenstein), Colin Cunliffe (Finding Neverland), Kara Mikula (White Christmas), Sydney Morton (American Psycho), T. Oliver Reid (Sunset Boulevard), Blair Ross (Side Show), Kirstin Tucker (A Bronx Tale), Scott Wakefield (Hands on a Hardbody) and musician Sam Sherwood.

Bobbie Gentry wrote and recorded “Fancy” in 1969 about a young woman overcoming poverty after her mother sends her to become a prostitute. McEntire recorded the track for her 1990 album, Rumor Has It, and popularized it with a Top Ten hit in 1991. It is McEntire’s signature hit.

No word on McEntire’s involvement, if any, in the musical.

Author: Buddy Iahn

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