HEE HAW Musical Heading to Broadway in 2015?
As BroadwayWorld previously reported, a musical based on HEE HAW, the television series that ran 1969-71, got a staged reading last month at Pearl Studios. The project was directed by Michael Barakiva, and features a book by Robert Horn, with music and lyrics by Shane McAnally and BRandy Clark.
Now according to the New York Post's Michael Riedel, the show is Broadway-bound and will likely arrive in the Spring 2015 theatre season. Major producers present at the workshop included Bob Boyett, Jill Furman, and representatives from The Shuberts, the Nederlanders and Jujamcyn Theaters. One of them told Riedel: "I haven't laughed so hard since I saw 'Book of Mormon.' "
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Hee Haw was an American television variety show featuring country music and humor with fictional rural Kornfield Kounty as a backdrop. It aired on CBS-TV from 1969-1971 before a 20-year run in localsyndication.
The show was inspired by Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, the major difference being that Hee Haw was far less topical, and was centered on country music and rural Southern culture. Co-hosted by country artists Buck Owens and Roy Clark for most of the series' run, the show was equally well known for its voluptuous, scantily-clad women in stereotypical farmer's daughter outfits and country-styleminidresses, and its cornpone humor.