By Andrew Gans
11 May 2012
|Photo by Russ Harrington|
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 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.