The ’90s sitcom “The Nanny” is being developed into a musical, with music and lyrics by “Crazy Ex Girlfriend’s” Rachel Bloom.
The musical will feature a book co-written by Fran Drescher, star of the original series, and Peter Marc Jacobson, who created the series alongside Drescher. Marc Bruni, director of “Beautiful,” will direct.
Bloom will write the lyrics and co-write the music alongside Adam Schlesinger, who also worked on “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” Brian and Scott Zeilinger are producing.
A production timeline, additional creative team members and casting will be announced at a later date. Drescher notes in the press release that she will not star in the musical.
“We are so excited to be working on the Broadway musical ‘The Nanny,’” Drescher and Jacobson said in the press release. “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.”
“The Nanny” aired on CBS from 1993 to 1999, totaling 146 episodes. It was partly based on Drescher’s life growing up in Queens.
“‘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 the press release. “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.”