‘The Nanny’ cast reunites for a Zoom read-through of the show’s first episode

(LOS ANGELES) — The cast of The Nanny reunited Monday to raise the spirits of fans who are in quarantine during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

In the video, entitled The Nanny Episode 1: Pandemic Table Read, the sitcom’s co-creator and star, Fran Drescher, was joined for a table read of the premiere episode by her ex-husband and co-creator, Peter Marc Jacobson, as well as all of her former co-stars.

They included Charles Shaughnessy who played Maxwell Sheffield; Daniel Davis, the beleaguered butler Niles; Nicholle Tom, who played Maggie Sheffield; Benjamin Salisbury who played Brighton Sheffield; Madeline Zima, who played Grace, and Renee Taylor, who played Drescher’s mom, among others.

Singer/songwriter Ann Hampton Callaway, who wrote the show’s memorable theme song, was also on hand to perform it.

The only original cast member who did not join the table read was James Marsden, who appeared in the show as Maggie’s boyfriend, Eddie.

Speaking to Variety, Drescher called the get-together a “once in a lifetime Pandemic Performance for our fans around the world who are currently stressing in isolation and could use a real upper!”

Incidentally, Drescher, 62, is also developing a Broadway musical version of The Nanny along with Jacobson. Adam Schlesinger and Rachel Bloom, who won an Emmy for their work on Bloom’s series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, were set to write the music for the show but sadly, Schlesinger died last month from complications of COVID-19.

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