Shane McAnally and Brandy Clark’s Musical to Star Justin Guarini?


File this story under one that I’d never thought I’d write. Justin Guarini, the fluffy-haired American Idol runner up to Kelly Clarkson and the super creepy dude in those Dr. Pepper commercials, will be starring in Shane McAnally and Brandy Clark‘s Moonshine: That Hee Haw Musical. The show will premiere at the Dallas Theater Center from September 2 – October 11, with sights on Broadway.

The show features music and lyrics by Clark and McAnally (who has ironically written a bevy of songs for Clarkson) and a book by Robert Horn. The play tells the story of Kornfield Kounty and Misty Mae, a small town girl who meets a boy in the big city.

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Moonshine: That Hee Haw Musical, according to press notes, “distills the spirit of an iconic television series and bottles it into an original musical comedy! Set in present day Kornfield Kounty, this highly anticipated show introduces a new generation of irresistible characters as it tells the story of Misty Mae, the ultimate hometown girl who heads out to follow her dreams in the big city… of Tampa. When she returns home to introduce her slick city-boy beau to her friends and family, everything goes haywire!”

While there’s no word on if Justin will play the “slick city-boy beau,” based on his performance in From Justin to Kelly (Yes, I’ve seen it…multiple times), we think he’s got what it takes. Hey Justin, C U @ PRL.


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    Really hate to see Justin Guarini so short-changed here. I actually think his is one of the more impressive post-Idol careers. He’s built a solid stage career, including Broadway, in leading roles. He’s also worked with the likes of Patty Lupone, Orlando Bloom, John Mellancamp, T Bone Burnett, Keith Carradine, in a long list of talented people. So, I’m sure he’ll be just fine working w/ Shane McAnally and Brandy Clark who probably know all of this. (And the humorous Dr, Pepper commercials were very popular, btw.)

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