Zooey Deschanel to play Loretta Lynn on Broadway
May 11th, 2012
10:35 AM ET

Zooey Deschanel to play Loretta Lynn on Broadway

The "New Girl" is going to Broadway with a huge endorsement from country legend Loretta Lynn.

As Zooey Deschanel, 32, revealed via Twitter Thursday night, "Loretta Lynn asked me to do 'coal miner's daughter' on broadway! I said YES!"

Lynn unveiled the plan to adapt her story for Broadway during a show at the Ryman Auditorium on Thursday.

"It's a long way from Butcher Holler to Broadway in New York City," Lynn, 80, told the audience. "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."

In 1979, Lynn revealed that she'd picked Sissy Spacek to portray her in the film version of "The Coal Miner's Daughter" at the Grand Ole Opry, and she repeated the tradition by inviting Deschanel on stage Thursday.

"I'm going to sit right there in the front row," Lynn said. "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!"

According to a statement, the Broadway production will recount Lynn's path to becoming a legend, "from her impoverished Kentucky childhood to her unlikely and triumphant rise to become the First Lady of Country Music and one of the greatest women of her generation."

Deschanel, who performed "The Coal Miner's Daughter" with the country star Thursday, added in a statement that “Lynn and her music have been inspirations for me for as long as I can remember. She is a true legend and to be chosen to play such an iconic woman is a dream come true."

Deschanel's work on the stage production of "The Coal Miner's Daughter" won't interfere with her work on Fox's hit "New Girl."

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    May 19, 2012 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. 6foot2sf

    I am thrilled that Zooey Deschanel is doing something other than being an airhead. I've seen her perform live and have enjoyed some of her films in the past but the "characters" she presents in her recent work and commercials has turned me off. SNL has nailed this indescribable quality about her that has become grading to me.
    I look forward to see how she will become Ms. Lynn.

    May 13, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ZOOEY

    Ohhh, let's get tomato soup delivered!

    May 11, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Carolyn

    In a serious college film class, the prof had us tell our favorite movies and why...oh, the pretenious snobs all put Citizen Kane,The Africian Queen, etc...these were college freshmen taking on of our first film classes.
    My favorite? Coal Miner's Daughter! I wasn't considered "serious"....they can all kiss my foot! It's a great movie and I'm so going to NYC to see this!

    May 11, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joe

    I'd blow the biggest load right in those alien looking eyes of hers....splurt!

    May 11, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Zooey Deschanel

    Oh my God, I am so adorkable. It's not like, I whine or anything, but no one's paying attention to me here. Hello, I'm adorkable!

    May 11, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Shorty

    Loretta Lynn is an icon. I live in a very small town and she is an idol. I loved the movie and would love to see the play.

    May 11, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Angel

    I have only seen this actress in silly movies and her acting abilities leave much to be desired. Is she related to a movie producer or something because i dont see the attraction!! Anyway, Loretta Lynn is a Legend, so I guess if she wants zoey to play her, then so be it!! I just hope she doesnt mess it up!!

    May 11, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  10. luciano

    That is one butiful white gurl...Im so in luv wit her pho realz. I bet she id rilly purtier in persun I tell you. I hupe she win dat oscar pho dat ther movie film. I wunder wut she go out wid me pho a drink ya think? I bet her like me tu I tell you.

    May 11, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Anton

    I hope the 3rd act is just zoey whining for 30 minutes.

    May 11, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  12. DandyLion

    Sounds like a good reason to round up friends & go to NY! I liked the movie, so how much fun would it be to see the play...in NY. Keep us informed on that 1 CNN, ok?

    May 11, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  13. Dewayne

    Please correct Ms. Lynn's age, she is only 77.

    May 11, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |

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