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Zooey Deschanel to Play Loretta Lynn on Broadway

Associated Press Modified: May 11, 2012 at 4:15 pm •  Published: May 11, 2012
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It's been a song, a book and a movie, now 'Coal Miner's Daughter' will be a Broadway musical starring Zooey Deschanel. Loretta Lynn made the announcement Thursday night in Nashville. (May 11)

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Nashville, Tennessee, 10 May 2012

1. Loretta Lynn walks out on stage during Opry Country Classics at the Ryman Auditorium

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Loretta Lynn, Recording Artist:

"There's a little girl backstage that's going to do the play of 'Coal Miner's Daughter' on Broadway, and I think she can sing her...self to death. I didn't say it!"

3. Live performance clip - "Coal Miner's Daughter" Zooey Deschanel during Opry Country Classics at the Ryman Auditorium

4. SOUNDBITE (English) Loretta Lynn, Recording Artist:

"You going to help me sing 'Coal Miner's Daughter'?"

Zooey Deschanel, singer/actress: "I'm going to help you sing. Well this is a great honor for me. This is my hero."

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5. Actress-singer Sissy Spacek, right, and country singer Loretta Lynn pose at a post-Oscar party. Spacek won the Oscar for best actress for her portrayal of Lynn in "Coal Miner's Daughter" at the 53rd annual Academy Awards, March 31.

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Nashville, Tennessee, 10 May 2012

6. SOUNDBITE (English) Loretta Lynn, Recording Artist:

"I don't know if ya'll remember when Sissy Spacek was with me. I brought her out on this stage and she about fainted. We both fainted. But anyway, she went on to do the 'Coal Miner's Daughter,' and you know from there."

7. Live performance clip - "Coal Miner's Daughter" Loretta Lynn and Zooey Deschanel during Opry Country Classics at the Ryman Auditorium

8. SOUNDBITE (English) Loretta Lynn, Recording Artist:

"Don't forget her name. Her name is Zooey."

9. Loretta Lynn and Zooey Deschanel walk off stage at the Ryman Auditorium

LORETTA LYNN WANTS ZOOEY DESCHANEL IN HER MUSICAL

ANCHOR: LORETTA LYNN'S LIFE STORY IS COMING TO BROADWAY.

Loretta Lynn, Recording Artist: "There's a little girl backstage that's going to do the play of 'Coal Miner's Daughter' on Broadway, and I think she can sing her...self to death."

THE 80-YEAR-OLD, COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAMER MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT DURING A GRAND OLE OPRY COUNTRY CLASSICS SHOW AT THE RYMAN AUDITORIUM THURSDAY NIGHT.

LYNN HAS TAPPED ACTRESS AND SINGER ZOOEY DESCHANEL (ZOH'-EE DAY-SHUH-NELL') TO PORTRAY HER. SHE BROUGHT DESCHANEL ON STAGE TO SING THE TITLE TUNE.

Zooey Deschanel, Singer/Actress: "This is a great honor for me. This is my hero."

MORE THAN 30 YEARS AGO, LYNN DID THE SAME THING TO SISSY SPACEK, WHO WON AN OSCAR FOR HER MOVIE PORTRAYAL

Loretta Lynn: "I don't know if ya'll remember when Sissy Spacek was with me. I brought her out here with me. She about fainted. We both fainted. She went on to do the 'Coal Miner's Daughter,' and you know from there."

THE 32-YEAR-OLD DESCHANEL IS A GRAMMY-NOMINATED SINGER, CURRENTLY STARRING ON THE FOX COMEDY "NEW GIRL." SHE'S ALSO STARRED IN FILMS SUCH AS "ELF," ''(500) DAYS OF SUMMER" AND "YOUR HIGHNESS."

THE BROADWAY SHOW WILL BE PRODUCED BY THE TEAM BEHIND "LEGALLY BLONDE," ''THE COLOR PURPLE," AND "THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE."

Loretta Lynn: "Don't forget her name. Her name is Zooey."

AND WITH THAT, ANOTHER COAL MINER'S DAUGHTER WAS BORN.

CAITLIN KING, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, NASHVILLE.