Plans for the previously announced musical of the same name as a track by Florida Georgia Line are expanding, as the team behind May We All announce a movie version of the project, directed by filmmaker Andy Fickman.
Being developed by FGL member Brian Kelley’s CuzBro Productions alongside partners Stephen Snedden and Justin Halliwell, Lively McCabe Entertainment, and BMG, the May We All project was first announced as a musical in the fall of 2019, with plans to premiere a theatrical stage show in Nashville this year. That timetable has been pushed back due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but work is now underway again with a “developmental production” at Playhouse on the Square in Memphis, Tennessee, set for later in 2021.
Meanwhile, the story is spreading to the silver screen as well. Fickman will serve as director for the movie, and both versions will feature music by Tim McGraw, Sara Evans, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, Brooks & Dunn, Shania Twain, Kacey Musgraves, Chris Stapleton, Little Big Town, Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts, John Denver, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, The Chicks, Old Dominion, Jessica Andrews, and LOCASH, plus two new original songs by Florida Georgia Line, and more.
“My partners and I are really excited to welcome Andy [Fickman] to the May We All fam!” shares Kelley in a press statement. “Not only do we connect on a country music-lovin’ level, but I admire his work as a director and truly believe he’ll bring the heart of our script to life. It’s been a long time coming and I can’t wait for everyone to finally be able to enjoy May We All – from the stage to the big screen.”
“Growing up in Texas, loving country music, and being a massive Florida Georgia Line fan, it is a dream come true to be joining the May We All creative team,” says Fickman. “The script uses powerful, heartwarming songs from some of country music’s most celebrated artists to examine the complexities of how our hometowns shape and mold our hopes and aspirations. I can’t wait for the world to join us on this uplifting, musical journey.”
May We All is described as “a story of disappearing small-town America as seen through the hopeful eyes of its youth. Jenna Coates, a fledgling country singer, reluctantly comes home after a rough start in Nashville, TN, ultimately to discover that her roots may take her a lot further than her dreams.” It’s inspired by the 2016 single of the same name, which featured McGraw and a stock car racing music video.
The theatrical stage version of May We All features a book by Troy Britton Johnson, Todd Johnson, and Eric Pfeffinger, with arrangements and orchestrations by Brian Usifer, and is directed by Shelley Butler. The show aims for an eventual commercial residency in Nashville.