5 Other Live Broadway Shows NBC Should Bring to TV
Friday, December 06, 2013
NBC's experiment with a live production of The Sound of Music
starring Carrie Underwood paid off in a big way, with over 18 million
viewers tuning into the event. The show's success should immediately
inspire the network to attempt similar live event programming. But with
so many Broadway musicals to choose from, how do you decide?
Well, here are five suggestions for what NBC might want to attempt next, with some crazy casting suggestions.
This musical is quite dark, but maybe it would make for an interesting live event around next Halloween. And if NBC wants to keep it all in the family, why not The Voice's Adam Levine as the titular demon barber of Fleet Street?
The Lion King
In honor of the 20-year anniversary of the film's release this summer, NBC could bring the inspiring stage production, puppets and all, to life. The best part would be if they could land a couple of the original voice actors from the film to appear, like Jeremy Irons as Scar or Nathan Lane as Timon.
Some of the success of The Sound of Music comes from it being a beloved show for many people, and Grease, in a different way, has those same kinds of memories. The perfect live event for May or June (the end of the school year, the start of summer), it's the kind of show that seems wide open to stunt casting. Here's a crazy idea: Taylor Swift as Sandy. Throw in Miley Cyrus as Rizzo and you have must-see TV.
The iconic all-African American Wizard of Oz remake could definitely attract a large and diverse audience to NBC. They could easily bring back The Sound of Music's Audra McDonald and it would seem obvious to cast The Voice's Cee Lo Green as the Wizard.
Everybody loves this story of a plucky young redhead singing about tomorrow. If NBC could lure her back, Saturday Night Live veteran Kristen Wiig could be a killer Miss Hannigan, and it would help that she's no strange to live television.
What did you think about NBC's live Sound of Music event? What other Broadway musicals would you like to see on television?
(Image courtesy of NBC)