Zooey Deschanel Will Star in Broadway Stage Adaptation of "Coal Miner's Daughter"

By Andrew Gans
11 May 2012

Zooey Deschanel and Loretta Lynn
Zooey Deschanel and Loretta Lynn
Photo by Russ Harrington

Country music legend Loretta Lynn announced May 10 from the stage of the Ryman Auditorium during Opry Country Classics that she has chosen Grammy and Golden Globe-nominated actress Zooey Deschanel, who stars in Fox TV's “New Girl,” to portray Lynn in a Broadway stage adaptation of "Coal Miner’s Daughter."

In 1979 at the Grand Ole Opry, Lynn invited a young Sissy Spacek onstage to announce that she had chosen the actress to portray her in the film "Coal Miner's Daughter." Spacek went on to win the Academy Award for her performance.

“It’s a long way from Butcher Holler to Broadway in New York City. I never imagined I’d see 'Coal Miner’s Daughter' on a movie screen, and now I can’t believe it’s going to be on a stage for people to see,” said Lynn. “I’m going to be right there in the front row. And I know Zooey is going to be great – she sings and writes her own songs just like I do, and we even have the same color eyes!”

“Loretta Lynn and her music have been inspirations for me for as long as I can remember,” added Deschanel. “She is a true legend and to be chosen to play such an iconic woman is a dream come true.”



The Broadway-bound stage version of "Coal Miner’s Daughter," according to press notes, 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."

Coal Miner’s Daughter will be brought to the stage by Tony Award-winning producers Fox Theatricals (Kristin Caskey and Mike Isaacson) and Scott Sanders Productions.

The creative team and dates for the production will be announced in the coming months. The schedule will not conflict with Deschanel’s current commitment to “New Girl."

For more information visit www.CoalMinersDaughterBroadway.com.