The creator and star of the ’90s show The Nanny, Fran Drescher is working on a Broadway musical based on the show. She is working with the co-creator and her ex-husband Peter Marc Jacobson on the project. The Broadway show will be directed by Marc Bruni, who also worked on Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.
Fran and Peter released a joint statement that read, “We are SO excited to be working on the Broadway musical The Nanny. We’re equally excited that the wildly talented Rachel Bloom will be writing the lyrics and music with the fantastic Adam Schlesinger, and to have the brilliant Marc Bruni directing.”
Fran Drescher is working on ‘The Nanny’ musical
The statement continued, “Nobody is cast yet — we’re plotting — but we feel confident we will find a fabulous actress who is funny, charming and has a great voice. Of course, I would do it myself [Fran]. But we’d have to change the title to The Granny.”
One of the writers, Rachel Bloom said, “The Nanny was a fundamental part of my childhood because it was the first time I saw an openly Jewish female protagonist on television. The story of Fran Fine, however, is a universal one. It has touched the hearts of people of every race, religion, and orientation. I am so proud to be using the characters established by The Nanny to tell a new story about one woman’s journey to becoming proud of who she is and what makes her different.”
The Nanny aired on television from 1993 to 1999 and Fran earned two Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominations. What do you think of the sitcom turning into a musical? It sounds like it would be pretty funny! We can’t wait to learn more and eventually be able to see the musical!