The Nanny is heading to Broadway.
Fran Drescher, aka the nasally-voiced Fran Fine, and original series co-creator Peter Marc Jacobson are teaming up to work on The Nanny: A New Musical, which is in development. The two announced the news Wednesday.
“We are SO excited to be working on the Broadway musical The Nanny,” they said in a joint statement. “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,” they added.
Drescher and Jacobson, who will co-write the book, also teamed with Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) to write the lyrics and co-write the music with Adam Schlesinger.
“The Nanny was a fundamental part of my childhood because it was the first time I saw an openly Jewish female protagonist on television,” Bloom said in a statement. “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.”
Marc Bruni is set to direct.