Airing from 1993 to 1999 on CBS, The Nanny is a series that became cult over the years, particularly thanks to its main character, Fran Fine, portrayed by Fran Drescher. In addition to co-creating the series with Peter Marc Jacobson, her husband at the time, Fran Drescher has long advocated the return of The Nanny to the TV. Although her voice has not yet been heard, she is still very attached to this universe and has decided to transform it into a musical. A nice allusion to the series since Maxwell Sheffield, Miss Fine’s employer, portrayed by Charles Shaughnessy, was a Broadway theatre producer.
Rachel Bloom and Adam Schlesinger will write the music
Fran Drescher and Peter Marc Jacobson, the creators of the series, will write the screenplay for the musical, while Rachel Bloom and Adam Schlesinger, a duo that has largely proved its worth in the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend series, will write the lyrics and music.
Fran Drescher and Peter Marc Jacobson have stated: “We are so excited to be working on the Broadway musical The Nanny. We’re equally excited that the wildly talented Rachel Bloom will be writing the lyrics and music with the fantastic Adam Schlesinger, and to have the brilliant Marc Bruni directing. Nobody is cast yet – we’re plotting – but we feel confident we will find a fabulous actress who is funny, charming and has a great voice.”
Rachel Bloom also commented on this collaboration: “The Nanny was a fundamental part of my childhood because it was the first time I saw an openly Jewish female protagonist on television. The story of Fran Fine, however, is a universal one that has touched the hearts of people of every race, religion and orientation. I am so proud to be using the characters established by The Nanny to tell a new story about one woman’s journey to becoming proud of who she is and what makes her different.”
The Nanny will be produced by Brian Zeilinger and Scott Zeilinger, two big names in the industry who are behind Dear Evan Hansen and Mean Girls, among others. Marc Bruni, who is responsible for Beautiful The Carole King Musical, Grease and Legally Blonde, will direct the production.