Thursday, April 10, 2008

Pure Country Headed To The Great White Way

Pure Country Headed To The Great White Way

It's been 5 long years since the ill-fated musical version of Urban Cowboy came and went from the Broadway stage. And just two have passed since the debacle known as Ring Of Fire that sought to capitalize on late country great Johnny Cash. The former lasted a mere 60 performances (and miraculously hung on to dear life through the musicians' strike), while the latter eked out only 57 performances.

But Broadway's decidedly urbane predilections have not deterred producers Chris Presley, Ellen Rusconi and Randall L. Wreghitt from trying to infuse a twangy country flavor into the Big Apple. According to Playbill, they'll be bringing a tuner based on Rex McGee's 1992 film "Pure Country" to the Great White Way. McGee and Peter Masterson are penning the book for Pure Country that will feature a score by Steve Dorff and John Bettis.

For those of you who, like me, had never even heard of the film, Pure Country promises to tell:
...the story of Del Hubbard, a country music superstar known as “Rusty,” who cracks from the pressure of his endless life on the road, escapes his tour, and returns to his Texas stomping grounds, hoping to find what he’s missing.
Masterson, who co-wrote and co-directed 1978's The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas, is also set to helm the new musical.

My question is whether Masterson can do with Pure Country what he did for Whorehouse in reversing the less than stellar odds of a country-themed show scoring big on Broadway. My bet is that it will all depend on the casting -- I say bring back Reba McEntire and I'm sold on at least giving it a whirl.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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At 10 April, 2008, Anonymous BroadwayBaby said...

Reba might be persuaded to go back to Broadway- and add a Tony to her mantle next to all the grammys.

At 10 April, 2008, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

If Reba can do for any other stage outing what she did for Annie Get Your Gun, she deserves all the accolades she can get.

At 11 April, 2008, Blogger SarahB said...

Pure Country and King George Strait are my guilty pleasures. I'd pay big money to see HIM on Broadway.

At 11 April, 2008, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Wow! An official endorsement from AITEPOE! Is it a good story? I completely missed hearing anything about the film....

At 11 April, 2008, Blogger SarahB said...

Well, it's not a great movie, but George Strait is the King of Country. He's old fashioned in that pure country way without being twangy country & western. And's he goooood lookin' in Wranglers. And he's a real cowboy. He grew up in South Texas and still lives in San Antonio. Leslie Ann Warren is in the movie and is completely campy as his manager. He leaves his rock star country lifestyle to go back to the simpler and of course finds his roots and love - very cliche but the music is great if you like country music and of course, he does his own singing. 38 albums and counting - over 70 million sold. I grew up on Country Music for the most part - in the car, in the house.


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