It might be a good time to take a swig of that moonshine, because the wacky 1969 TV variety show Hee Haw (yes, Hee Haw) has been made into a musical—and it could be pickin’ and grinnin’ on Broadway as early as spring 2015, The New York Post reports. Featuring a book by Robert Horn (Jason Robert Brown's 13) and music and lyrics by country singer-songwriters Shane McAnally and Brandy Clark, Hee Haw held an industry only reading in December that was reportedly attended by several big-name Broadway producers. No official opening dates or theater have been announced.
Instead of a variety show format like the original series, the musical boasts an actual plot about a woman from Kornfield Kounty who wants to see the world before getting hitched to her beau. But don’t worry, Hee Haw fans—the tuner will still feature all of your favorite characters, including Misty Rowe, Lulu Roman, Junior Samples and Grandpa Jones.
Although there are plenty of silly songs in Hee Haw: The Musical, there are also reportedly a few “tear your heart out country ballads,” one attendant of the reading said. “I haven’t laughed so hard since I saw The Book of Mormon,” said another. Whoa! Maybe this doesn’t seem like such a chicken-fried idea after all.
Get back in the Hee Haw saddle with the show's iconic tune “You Was Gone!”