‘The Wiz,’ ‘The Sound of Music,’ and ‘Peter Pan’ have all been made into Live action shows on NBC and with Fox’s ‘Grease’ on the horizon, it’s time to make a list of other iconic musicals that should be adapted for TV!
Our heads are still spinning from the success of The Wiz Live which aired on Dec. 4, it was unbelievable. The talent was just overflowing and each performance became more jaw dropping. But this got us thinking about all of our others favorite musicals like West Side Story and My Fair Lady, that should totally be made into live action TV specials!
West Side Story, is such an iconic musical, with a backdrop of NYC in the 50s. Imagine that as a modern day musical with perhaps Nick Jonas as Tony and Victoria Justice as Maria? Just a thought. But it would be the perfect musical that everyone could relate to, we’ve all fought for love at some point or another. The musical numbers alone, “Maria,” “Tonight,” and “I Feel Pretty” are just a few that we would all be bopping along to from the comfort of our couches.
Cinderella, yes it’s been done twice live on TV. Once in 1957 with Julie Andrews as the lead, then again in 1965 with Lesley Ann Warren as Cinderella then again in 1997 with Brandy Norwood but it wasn’t live. This story never gets old, we’d love to see this make its way back on TV with a modern twist and why not cast an unknown like NBC did with Shanice Williams in The Wiz Live.
Can we please talk about, My Fair Lady? We would love to see Eliza Doolittle on TV in a live action musical! It made its Broadway debut in 1956 and ended up having the longest run in theatre history! We think Emily Blunt would be perfect for this role! Plus, wouldn’t you love to see Bye Bye Birdie adapted for TV? We think Emma Stone could take on the role as Kim MacAfee!
HollywoodLifers, which of these musicals should be made into a live action TV performance? If there’s one not listed, put it below!