“Green Acres, we are there!”
Remember Green Acres, the classic 1960s sitcom? How about the theme song? We can almost hear it now—“Green Acres is the place for me. / Farm livin' is the life for me…” We’d know that theme song anywhere, which is why we were excited to learn that Green Acres is going to be adapted into a musical bound for Broadway.
The idea of a Green Acres musical has been floating around since at least 2012, but it’s now finally getting off the ground and has a creative team attached to the project. The new musical will be brought to life by producers Pan Laudenslager and Colleen Lober, who helm the production company Center Stage Capital, and Richard Chapman. It will be directed by Thomas Caruso (Matilda, Groundhog Day) with music, lyrics, and book by Tor Hyams and Lisa Rothauser (Mommy Needs a Timeout). Green Acres the Musical will continue the story of one couple and their adventures—and misadventures—in small-town U.S.A.
Green Acres aired on CBS for six seasons, from 1965 to 1971. It starred Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor as Oliver Wendell Douglas and Lisa Douglas, a well-to-do couple who relocate from bustling New York City to a farm in rural Hooterville in search of the simple life. Small-town hijinks ensue. Other characters include Mr. Haney, an underhanded salesman; Arnold Ziffel, a pig that’s treated like a child; and Eb Dawson, a young man who helps out on the farm. It was based on a 1950s radio show called Granby’s Green Acres, which followed a similar premise.
We can’t wait to learn more about the production, and we’re hoping four-legged Green Acres co-star Arnold Ziffel gets a cameo too. Stay tuned for more information about the musical and its development, casting, and eventual premiere.
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Did you watch Green Acres when it first aired? Will you buy tickets for this new musical? We have just one thing to say: “Green Acres, we are there!”