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Reba McEntire’s ‘Fancy’ Inspires Broadway Musical

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Fancy’s mother would be proud of her for this one. The fictional 16-year-old Louisiana girl in Reba McEntire’s iconic 1991 hit “Fancy” will soon be the focus of a Broadway musical, according to Broadway World.

In mid-March, theater producer Margot Astrachan and the Peccadillo Theater Company in New York City will present Fancy, the story of a poor young girl whose mother encourages her into a life as a courtesan to escape poverty.

The musical features “Fancy” (originally written and performed by Bobbie Gentry in 1969 before McEntire recorded her cover) as the title track, as well as a mix of female country anthems such as Loretta Lynn‘s “Don’t Come Home a ’Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind),” Bonnie Raitt‘s “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” Carrie Underwood‘s “Before He Cheats” and Gretchen Wilson‘s “Redneck Woman.”

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Famous songs by Johnny Cash, Garth Brooks, Randy Travis, Merle Haggard, George Strait and Alabama are also incorporated into the musical.

Fancy is a new American musical that brings together some of the all-time greatest crossover country songs onstage with some of the theater’s brightest talents,” says Astrachan in a press release. “We’re looking forward to this developmental presentation and hope it will inspire producing partners to join us as we look to a production at a major regional theatre company prior to a New York production and national tour.”

The developmental production of Fancy debuts March 16 and 17 at the Westside Theatre in New York City.

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