NBC to Make Live Musicals a Thing
NBC preps one for next year ... and likely the next and next
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Dec 10, 2013 10:54 AM CST
The cast of "The Sound of Music Live!"   (AP Photo/NBC, Will Hart)

(Newser) – NBC's live version of The Sound of Music may not have wowed critics, but it pulled in 18.6 million viewers—the most to watch the network on a Thursday night since the Frasier finale in 2004, the Huffington Post notes (that is, if you don't count sports). So NBC is eying another live musical (no word on which one specifically yet) for next year, and perhaps the one after, and the one after that, a network boss tells the New York Times. "I think we could do this again—and again and again," says entertainment chair Robert Greenblatt.

"All weekend, people have been calling us and emailing us," Greenblatt adds. "Rights holders of musicals have said, 'Please do one of our shows.'" Key to The Sound of Music's success, he notes: Carrie Underwood, even if social media users had some less-than-friendly assessments of the choice. "I’m not sure almost 20 million people would have come out for a lot of other names," says Greenblatt. (He also notes that other suggested stars, like Anne Hathaway, probably wouldn't have been able to dedicate 10 months to prepping, like Underwood did.) As to the social media reaction, it has its upside. "I’d rather have people deeply engaged than ignoring it," he notes, and anyway, "There is no snarkier universe than the Broadway world." In other Sound of Music news, a star of the original film has died at age 91.

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winterfairy
Dec 11, 2013 2:59 AM CST
Didn't think the live Musical thing on TV worked. The most important thing about any musical is the sound and singing. I thought the audio was horrible. No depth, no highs, too hard to distinguish the different women. The video cuts were ham handed and seemed to be made on the spur of the moment. Not enough closeups because the director was scared of where and when the actor might move out of the shot so you got constant safe distance shots. Why have TV then? Yes its really hard to get those things right. too bad, thats why you are making a million. Do it right or don't do it.
Lefty_Libby
Dec 11, 2013 2:30 AM CST
NBC, Please spare us, and save your money. Musicals are great live. TV is not live. TV is TV. That's why musical numbers on the Oscars are sooo boring. Song and dance on TV just isn't the same as live theater. It just doesn't work.
asenecaut
Dec 10, 2013 9:33 PM CST
Lets hope they hire actors with talent next time!