MUSIC NEWS - Actor/singer/tv pitch-person Zooey Deschanel, has signed on to portray Loretta Lynn in a Broadway stage adaptation of the 1980 film "Coal Miner's Daughter." Ms Lynn announced the casting and musical at a performance at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN on Thursday, where she was joined onstage by Deschanel. The two then sang the country music legend's signature song, "Coal Miner's Daughter."
"It's a long way from Butcher Holler to Broadway in New York City. 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," Lynn said in a statement. "I'm going to be right there in the front row. 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!"
"Loretta Lynn and her music have been inspirations for me for as long as I can remember," said Deschanel, who is also part of She & Him, with singer/songwriter M. Ward. "She is a true legend and to be chosen to play such an iconic woman is a dream come true."
"Coal Miner's Daughter" is the story of the country singer's rise from poverty to country music legend. Sissy Spacek won the Oscar for her portrayal of Lynn while Tommy Lee Jones was nominated for a Golden Globe for playing her husband, Doolittle Lynn.