- by Taylor Seltzer
- May 10, 2012
One of the greatest names in country music, Loretta Lynn, is taking her life story to Broadway. During a Grand Ole Opry show Thursday night, the Country Music Hall of Fame member unveiled plans to adapt Coal Miner's Daughter for stage.
Similar to the way Lynn, 80, revealed in 1979 on the Opry stage that Sissy Spacek would play her in the film version, she invited film and TV actress/singer Zooey Deschanel on stage Thursday to reveal that Deschanel, 32, will portray a young Lynn for the Broadway adaption.
"I have a friend here tonight," Lynn told the audience, before referencing her 1979 announcement with Spacek. "There's a little girl back stage that's going to do the play of Coal Miner's Daughter on Broadway. Zooey, where you at, honey?"
Deschanel, the star and a producer of the Fox comedy New Girl, then joined the famed country singer onstage and the two performed the title song together.
Besides her work on New Girl, Deschanel has starred in such films as Elf, (500) Days of Summer and Your Highness. She has also established herself as a great vocal talent, appearing on some of her own movie soundtracks and releasing three albums with M. Ward as one-half of the duo She & Him. Her song, "So Long," was nominated for a Grammy for Best Song Written For Visual Media.
The musical is not likely to conflict with season two of New Girl.