If you haven’t heard the news, hit 90s sitcom “The Nanny” is getting a musical adaptation set for an upcoming Broadway debut. Now, the original show’s star, co-creator, and producer Fran Drescher is offering an inside look into the ongoing process of adapting it for the stage.
In an interview with Us Weekly, the actress shared some exciting details about the forthcoming Broadway musical.
Based on the book she wrote with her ex-husband Peter Marc Jacobson — who also co-wrote the show with her — the musical will feature original music and lyrics from Rachel Bloom.
“They have several songs already. It’s a very collaborative art form, and it’s something that already exists and is beloved, so it’s important we’re all true to that,” Drescher teased about the exciting new project. She also noted that Bloom – the star and creator of the musical comedy series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend — is exactly who they need to get the musical going.
“One of our huge concerns was that we wouldn’t find a lyricist funny enough to capture the comedy of the series,” she told Us Weekly. “The Nanny was always kind of a musical without the music. It’s going to be a very elegant transition … contemporized attitudinally and stuff.”
As for what she’s looking for in the next actress who will star as her previous character Fran Fine, Drescher notes that she has to be able to “carry clothes, be funny and sing!” The actress even mentioned that she thinks rapper Cardi-B would be perfect for a “21st-century” reboot of the original comedy.
Ben is is a senior journalist and sport columnist for Best in Australia. He previously worked for the BC and other radio stations.