With all the revivals and reboots happening, many were hoping that the next TV series to get an update would be The Nanny — including series star Fran Drescher. Alas, that isn’t happening but there’s light at the end of this screeching tunnel as the ’90s sitcom will instead be developed into a Broadway musical.
The stage version of The Nanny comes from creators Drescher and Peter Marc Jacobson, both of whom will write the show’s book. But the best part is that the two are teaming up with Crazy Ex-Girlfriend‘s Rachel Bloom (that series’ star) and Adam Schlesinger (the executive music producer).
“We are so excited to be working on the Broadway musical The Nanny,” Drescher and Jacobson said in a statement to Deadline. “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 (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical) directing.” They added that they’re still currently plotting and no one has been cast just yet, “but we feel confident we will find a fabulous actress who is funny, charming and has a great voice.” Drescher did joke she she would “of course” star in the project herself “but we’d have to change the title to The Granny.”
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It makes perfect sense that the worlds of The Nanny and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend would collide as both series had their share of glorious fantasy sequences, not to mention all the musical numbers on the former CW series. “The Nanny was a fundamental part of my childhood because it was the first time I saw an openly Jewish female protagonist on television,” said Bloom. “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.”
Drescher revealed in 2018 that she’d love it if Cardi B would be part of a reboot of the sitcom, maybe playing Fran’s daughter. Hmm, their voices do have a similar cadence about them so it wouldn’t be impossible to believe. In fact, it was when the rapper gave off some serious Fran Drescher vibes in 2018 that got the actress thinking seriously about the possibility of a Nanny 2.0.
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While that never came to be, the idea of bringing it back in some form still persisted. And last April, Drescher first divulged that she, Jacobson and Bloom were working on “something Nanny related.” And here we are today.
The musical was announced on Wednesday by producers Brian Zeilinger and Scott Zeilinger who have a little experience under their belt, what with being co-producers on Dear Evan Hansen, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Mean Girls on Broadway as well as Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Magic Mike Live and Dreamgirls in London’s West End.
The Nanny ran for six seasons, from 1993 to 1998, and earned 12 Emmy nominations during its run.