Lionsgate and ABC Studios have sold live theatrical rights to the ABC/CMT drama series. “Nashville, with its complex, relatable characters and sweeping emotional gestures, has all of the narrative elements that I look for in great theatrical source material. From that rich DNA, we will be building an original story with entirely original music, written by major Nashville and Broadway songwriters,” says producer Scott Delman, who is heading up the production. “We are particularly excited to deliver Broadway’s first score of true contemporary country music — a genre that has exploded with mainstream audiences in recent years. Lionsgate has a treasure-trove of sterling IP, and I’m honored to be a part of this new phase of their live entertainment division.” ALSO: Nashville stage adaptation likely won't feature songs from the TV series.