Joe Nichols says he no longer thinks he will be a part of the Broadway musical, Pure Country, he tells CMT.com. He had been cast in the lead role as Rusty in the Broadway version of the 1992 George Strait film. Rehearsals were scheduled to begin earlier this year for the production that also starred Lorrie Morgan in the role of Lula. “The status is, I don’t think it’s gonna happen for me,” he said Wednesday (April 28). Because of the economic crunch in New York City, many theaters have been forced to shut down, Nichols said. As a result, several productions were delayed, including Pure Country. “When they backed up the show, it put us in a difficult situation because we had blocked off about six to eight months of time just for that show,” he said. “That’s without touring, no media, no nothing. So now I just don’t see that we could probably take another six-month gap in our schedule, especially with how hot ‘Gimmie That Girl’ is and the album.” Nichols did say, however, that he believes the show will go, adding, “But if we’re in it, it might be a long shot.” His current single, “Gimmie That Girl,” is No.1 on Billboard‘s country chart this week.