Based on Nash's play The Rainmaker and set in Texas in the 1930s, the musical tells the story of Lizzie Curry, a single woman on the verge of becoming an "old maid," whose life changes when the charismatic rainmaker Starbuck comes to town. The musical has been seen only once before on Broadway, during the 1963-1964 season, with Inga Swenson as Lizzie and Robert Horton as Starbuck. A 1992 New York City Opera production starred Karen Ziemba and Brian Sutherland.
The creative team of the Roundabout production includes Dan Knechtges (choreography), Paul Gemignani (musical direction), Jonathan Tunick (orchestrations), Santo Loquasto (sets and costumes), Christopher Akerlind (lighting), and Dan Moses Schereier (sound). Among Price's many directorial credits are the Broadway musicals Urban Cowboy and A Class Act, and concert versions of Passion, Kismet, Candide, and Sweeney Todd.
Kazee has been seen on Broadway in Monty Python's Spamalot and Seascape; additionally, he starred in the Kennedy Center production of The Subject Was Roses and in the The Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park production of As You Like It.