I'm gonna be dustin' off my ropers to get ready to boot scoot on Broadway when the new musical Pure Country comes to town. Pure Country is being developed into a stage musical from the 1992 film of the same name which starred George Strait. It wasn't a great movie, but the music was undeniably great to any country fan, especially this George Strait fan.
Joe Nichols has been cast in the George Strait role. Today, producers announced that Lorrie Morgan will make her debut as his manager, campishly played in the movie by Leslie Ann Warren.
As far as the book goes, bookwriters Rex McGee (who also wrote the movie) & Peter Masterson
have a lot of room for improvement. I could be grumpy about yet another sub-par movie (even if it was a hit - hello, Wedding Singer, 9 to 5, Legally Blonde... - being made into a musical, but I won't be with this one if the music is as great as it was in the movie. Steve Dorff on music and John Bettis on lyrics have a lot to live up to. In fact, Joe Nichols has a lot to live up to - in the Country Music world, especially in Texas, George Strait is known as King George. Word on a premier date is coming soon.
George Strait in Pure Country: