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Lynn names Daschanel to play her on Broadway

Saturday, May 12, 2012 – Loretta Lynn announced Thursday evening from the stage of the Ryman Auditorium during Opry Country Classics that she chose Zooey Deschanel to portray her in an upcoming Broadway-bound stage adaptation of "Coal Miner's Daughter."

Following the announcement, Deschanel, who has sung with M. Ward as She & Him, joined Lynn to sing Coal Miner's Daughter.

The onstage announcement and performance mirrored the 1979 Grand Ole Opry appearance where Lynn invited Sissy Spacek onstage to announce that she had chosen the actress to portray her in the forthcoming film. Spacek went on to win the Academy Award for her performance.

"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," said. Lynn. "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. "She is a true legend and to be chosen to play such an iconic woman is a dream come true."

The Broadway-bound stage version will tell the story of Lynn from her impoverished Kentucky childhood to her unlikely and triumphant rise to become the first lady of country.

The show will be brought to the stage by two Tony Award-winning producers, Fox Theatricals (Kristin Caskey and Mike Isaacson) and Scott Sanders Productions, which have collectively brought some of the biggest hits to the stage, including "Legally Blonde," "The Color Purple," "Red", "Thoroughly Modern Millie," "Death of a Salesman" with Brian Dennehy, "Elaine Stritch: At Liberty" and the current revival of "Evita" starring Ricky Martin.

The schedule will not conflict with Deschanel's current commitment to the hit Fos show, "New Girl," on which she stars and produces.

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