'Sound of Music Live' Success Might Inspire NBC to Order These 6 Other Musicals for TV
If you were effectively a salamander living under a rock for the last 10 days, firstly, ick, secondly, you might have missed that The Sound of Music Live! was a massive hit. The NBC spectacular starring Carrie Underwood aired on Thursday night and brought in a whopping 18.6 million viewers and probably twice as many live tweets. Accordingly, NBC has ordered more live musicals, the first to come in 2014.
According to an interview with The New York Times, NBC's chairman of Entertainment Robert Greenblatt sees a long future for Broadway classics on the small screen. "There may be a little bit of a phenomenon to the first one of these. Who knows what happens year two, three or four. But you’ve got to have events. I think we could do this again — and again and again.”
The catch is, of course, the programming has to be popular favorites that are oh-so family-friendly. So as much as we'd like to see The Book of Mormon or Hedwig and the Angry Inch, they're not the likeliest of choices. Here are our hopes for NBC's big Broadway future.