NBC’s “The Sound of Music, Live!” production was a big hit for NBC on Dec. 5, so it seems almost guaranteed that the network will try to recreate that magic at a future date. The live stage reproduction of one of the most beloved musicals of all time earned some mixed responses, but the general consensus was that the Carrie Underwood and Stephen Moyer-led production was quite fun.
If NBC — or another network — does decide to give another go at a live musical special event, then they’ve got a whole lot of good choices to choose from. But to strike the right note of family-friendly tone and holiday vibe, here are some suggestions that Zap2it thinks would do particularly well.
This musical retelling of “The Wizard of Oz” has become a modern Broadway classic, but even those who aren’t fans of “Wicked” will find plenty to love in this story. Unlike a straightforward reproduction of “The Wizard of Oz” which would have the leading lady constantly compared to Julie Andrews, “Wicked” at least has enough of a hook to get people interested while also providing something fresh.
Suggested stars: Lea Michele as Elphaba and Taylor Swift as Glinda
“Oklahoma!” is a musical that has its stage productions still aired on TV today, so why not give viewers something new to watch? Its continued popularity and string of popular leading men make it still relevant today, so tossing some currently buzzworthy stars in there would help get younger generations on board.
Suggested stars: Zachary Levi as Curly, Mae Whitman as Laurey and Katy Perry as Ado Annie
“Guys and Dolls”
In choosing a beloved musical with well-known songs — and a famous movie version — NBC’s “The Sound of Music” already had a built-in fan base. Why not take that route again with this story of gamblers and criminals in 1940s New York City?
Suggested stars: Justin Timberlake as Sky Masterson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Nathan Detroit and Anna Kendrick as Miss Adelaide
The fact that ABBA music gives “Mamma Mia!” its soul is something any musical-loving fan should get on board with, but its Broadway and big screen pedigree have made it a household name. Thanks to its modern family messages and its upbeat vibe, it would be a rousing way to bring the family together around a TV set.
Suggested stars: Idina Menzel as Donna and Ariana Grande as Sophie
“Fiddler on the Roof”
This might not be the happiest of all musicals, but goodness is it a great — and popular — one. Throw a leading man like Mandy Patinkin into a musical that most people know the songs from (whether they’re aware of it or not), and TV live production would be a perfect way to bring this musical to life.
Suggested stars: Mandy Patinkin as Tevye, obviously
“West Side Story”
“West Side Story” is about as classic as they come, so the key to making this fun for a new audience is to bring in a batch of new blood. In this case, we looked to the Disney Channel for inspiration, with tried-and-true Broadway star Nick Jonas as Tony, and Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato as Maria and Anita, respectively. Come on, you know it would be amazing.
Suggested stars: Nick Jonas as Tony, Selena Gomez as Maria and Demi Lovato as Anita
Just for fun: “Spamalot,” “Rocky Horror Picture Show” and “Book of Mormon”
These musicals would never get made on a network, but what about if cable channel’s decided to get in on the fun? Imagine an FX-produced reproduction of “Rocky Horror Picture Show” and rejoice.
What would be the next musical you’d like to see performed live on TV?