The subject of Reba McEntire's 1991 country song Fancy has inspired a new musical.
The tune about a fictional 16-year-old Louisiana girl who becomes a prostitute to escape poverty was originally written by Bobbie Gentry in the late 1960s.
MCEntire scored a big hit with her cover and now the song has inspired producer Margot Astrachan to turn the project into a new country-themed musical, featuring anthems performed by Loretta Lynn, Bonnie Raitt, Carrie Underwood, Johnny Cash, Garth Brooks, and Merle Haggard.
"Fancy is a new American musical that brings together some of the all-time greatest crossover country songs onstage with some of the theatre's brightest talents," Astrachan states in a press release, revealing there are plans to take the project to Broadway in the near future. "We're looking forward to this developmental presentation and hope it will inspire producing partners to join us as we look to a production at a major regional theatre company prior to a New York production and national tour."
The developmental production of Fancy will debut at the Westside Theatre in New York on 16 and 17 March (17), according to BroadwayWorld.