Monday, October 25, 2021
– Country musical "May We All," produced by Florida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley, will make its world premiere at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville June 7 – July 17, 2022, it was announced today.
A rotating lineup of country music guest artists will step into the role of "Bailey Stone." Kelley, Alana Springsteen, Alexandra Kay, BRELAND, Canaan Smith, Caleb Lee Hutchinson, Chris Ruediger, Cooper Alan, Danielle Bradbery, Jamie O'Neal, Lainey Wilson, Lindsay Ell, LOCASH, Nick Fradiani, Scarlett Burke, Thomas Mac, Tigirlily, Trent Harmon are among those slated to join the show.
"I've been dreaming and scheming on a musical for a while now, and for 'May We All' to debut in Nashville next June is so surreal. It wouldn't be a country music party without some special guests and surprises," said Kelley. "I'm thrilled to welcome my friends and fellow artists to the cast and can't wait to see what each one brings to the character of 'Bailey Stone.'"
=Executive Producer Michael Barra said, "From the very beginning, we created the role of 'Bailey Stone' to be played by a different guest artist at every performance in Nashville. We're already blown away by the caliber of talent and are looking forward to making these special guest moments fun for both the artist and the audience."
The show is the story of Jenna Coates, a small-town girl whose big-city singing career is over before it even begins, and how she returns to the people and the places of her past to find a path to the future. But going home is never easy. A lot has changed in Harmony, Tenn., since Jenna left and not necessarily for the better. If Jenna and her hometown are going to dig themselves out of their current crises, they're going to need each other. And they're going to need music.
The score features music from Brooks & Dunn, Chris Stapleton, Dolly Parton, Florida Georgia Line, Jessica Andrews, Johnny Cash, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Little Big Town, LOCASH, Loretta Lynn, Miranda Lambert, Old Dominion, Sara Evans, Tim McGraw and The Chicks. Debuting exclusively as part of the musical are two original songs co-written by Kelley and Tyler Hubbard.
"We are thrilled to host the world premiere...next summer and to be a part of this exciting collaboration," said Jennifer Turner, TPAC President and CEO. "In Nashville, you never know who is going to appear on the many stages around town. With this impressive list of guest artists making each performance a one-of-kind experience, this engagement is no exception. It's the perfect fit for Music City."
Lively McCabe Entertainment and CuzBro Productions developed the stage musical in partnership with BMG. The previously announced developmental production of "May We All" at Playhouse on the Square in Memphis will proceed in January 2022.
The show features a book by Troy Britton Johnson, Todd Johnson, and Eric Pfeffinger, with arrangements and orchestrations by Brian Usifer, and is directed by Shelley Butler. Joining the creative team is Geoffrey Ko (Music Director), Lauren Helpern (Scenic Design), Lex Liang (Costume Design) and Zach Blane (Lighting Design).
Earlier this year, the producers also confirmed that a film adaptation is in the works, directed by Andy Fickman ("She's the Man," "Parental Guidance").
Tickets performances go on sale to the general public beginning at 10 a.m. central this Friday via TPAC.org, by phone at 615-782-4040, or at the TPAC Box Office (505 Deaderick Street, Nashville, TN). For groups of 10 or more, call 615-782-4060.