Country music hits and the showstopping appeal of Broadway are about to collide, with one of country's own behind the wheel.
In June 2022, "May We All" will debut at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. The musical is being constructed by CuzBro Productions, an enterprise recently launched by Florida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley, alongside Lively McCabe Entertainment.
The debut and subsequent "multi-week run" will be part of the venue’s "Broadway at TPAC" series, also serving as the kickoff for the production's 2022-23 national tour.
According to a release from TPAC, "May We All" is a story of "disappearing small-town America as seen through the hopeful eyes of its youth." The main character, Jenna Coates, is a fledgling country singer who reluctantly comes home after a rough start in Nashville. There, she "discover that her roots may take her a lot further than her dreams."
On tap are tunes from Tim McGraw, Sara Evans, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, Brooks & Dunn, Shania Twain, Kacey Musgraves, Chris Stapleton, Little Big Town, Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts, John Denver, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, the Chicks, Old Dominion, Jessica Andrews and LOCASH, among others.
The production also will feature two original songs co-written by Kelley and fellow Florida Georgia Line member Tyler Hubbard.
According to a release from TPAC, ticket information will be shared at a later date.
“We’re so excited for 'May We All' to be in residence in Nashville next summer,” Lively McCabe Entertainment Executive Producer Michael Barra said in a prepared statement. “Music City followed by a coast-to-coast tour has been our goal for this show since day one, and the overwhelming response from country music fans has granted us the opportunity to achieve this milestone. We’re so grateful to Jennifer Turner and her first-rate team at TPAC for their support and partnership on this production.”
According to TPAC, after production delays in 2020 due to the pandemic, the previously announced "developmental production" of "May We All" at Playhouse on the Square in Memphis, Tennessee, is now planning to proceed this fall.
"May We All" is written by Troy Britton Johnson, Todd Johnson and Eric Pfeffinger, with arrangements and orchestrations by Brian Usifer, and is directed by Shelley Butler.
A film adaption directed by Andy Fickman is also in the works.