What musical should Meron and Zadan do next?

tazber
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Now that SOM was a rating smash attention will be turned to their next live broadcast:

The high ratings will likely open the door for Meron and Zadan to produce future live television broadcasts of Broadway musicals. "It's one big experiment," Zadan recently told Playbill.com. "We're very aware of the fact that if it succeeds, it will prompt the network to ask us about doing it again. It could be the beginning of something new in terms of bringing theatre to America on TV. Once we see the ratings, our wish list will come out of our pockets."

I'd imagine Annie is out since the new movie is coming out in December.

The Music Man, Gypsy, and Bye Bye Birdie have all had TV adaptations (albeit not "live").

I've heard a lot of people mention Fiddler.

I would love to see them do more R&H, specifically The King and I.




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Updated On: 12/6/13 at 10:35 AM
Kad
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What about Hello, Dolly! ?
doodlenyc
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Kelly Clarkson as Anna!!
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Kellie Pickler as Mame!
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C. C Baxter
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Imagine if they did Fiddler with Mandy Patinkin (I guess they'd advertise it as starring "Homeland's Mandy Patinkin"). Fiddler is very similar to The Sound of Music thematically though so my vote goes to My Fair Lady. The show has the name value they need and if they got the right leads, it could be smashing.

Updated On: 12/6/13 at 10:43 AM
Borstalboy
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Last night's success would be hard to duplicate. Carrie Underwood is huge right now and SOM is probably the most household-name musical in the world. In many ways, it's not a surprise at all that it did well, ratings wise.
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Gothampc
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I think the best choice would be Big River.

My second choice would be Oliver.
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On a side not; I just want to thank these two men for all they have done for theatre over the past twenty or so years.
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Gothampc
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"Imagine if they did Fiddler with Mandy Patinkin"

I'd like to see a nice production of Fiddler, but Mandy Patinkin would play Tevye like Norma Desmond. While he's demonstrated he can act on tv, his over emoting singing would look freakish on tv.
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@Gothampc I completely agree! That's why I find the thought of it so funny.
givesmevoice
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I think the best choice would be Big River.

I would be among the dozens tuning in excitedly, that's for sure.


I think another R&H musical would be the best bet, but I can't think of one that has the same cache as The Sound of Music that hasn't recently had a TV adaptation/showing. Someone on ATC suggested that Annie Get Your Gun would've been a good fit for Carrie Underwood and I have to agree with that.
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Gothampc
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What would really blow the ratings for years to come is Daniel Radcliffe doing "How To Succeed In Business..."

Jon Hamm as Biggley and Megan Hilty as Rosemary.
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tazber
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I would also love Big River, but I don't think it's well known enough.

Oliver is a good choice, but there's really only one female character and I can't think of any 10 year old boys who would be a ratings draw like Underwood.

Hello Dolly seems like a safe choice.

ETA - Goth, that's a great idea. I would LOVE to see Radcliffe do HTS live.
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Updated On: 12/6/13 at 10:59 AM
newintown
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Mame with Miley Cyrus.
Marianne2
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It will be Evita with Taylor Swift. Matt Mitovich from tvline said that would be for May sweeps on twitter.

https://twitter.com/MattMitovich/status/408972986059091969

How about they close Wicked on Broadway now and do it next year? Now would Carrie Underwood make a better Elphaba or Glinda?
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It's going to be Meet Me in St. Louis. Big Title, Big cast, big songs, X-mas time.
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Gothampc
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I think if they marketed Big River properly people would tune in. Especially if they ramped up the star wattage and geared it toward the younger generation.

One of the Jonas brothers as Huck, Sean "P Diddy" Combs as Jim, Katy Perry as Mary Jane, Bob Dylan as Pap

I think since Big River has a lot of smaller roles, you could get some nervous stars comfortable with the idea of live musical theater.
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Roscoe
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MAME with Meryl Streep.

I meant that as a joke, but, uhm, hmmmmm.
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Gothampc
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While I would like to see nice productions of "Mame" and "Hello Dolly" I wonder if the younger generation is going to tune in and see old ladies.

I think part of the mission of these live tv broadcasts should be to draw in the younger generation.
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SonofRobbieJ
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I, too, was thinking HOW TO SUCCEED with Radcliffe.

I would also love a BIG RIVER...but an actual river might present logistical challenges in a studio...and don't they say 'nigger' several times?
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What about Carousel?
FindingNamo
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During the opening number last night I thought, "Into the Woods would look great in this kind of environment." Then I remembered it's a hair darker than SOM.

Now I think Punchdrunk should do Into the Woods.
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Gothampc
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The river is a problem but I think a creative set designer could do it.

I think every aging hippie in the world would tune in to see Bob Dylan sing: "Dad gum guv'mint, you sorry so and so's."

And their grandchildren would tune in to see one of the Jonas Brothers.
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thirtythirtyninety
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Hugh Laurie in MY FAIR LADY
Gothampc
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While Hugh Laurie in MFL is great, they need a star for Eliza and it can't be any of these pop princesses. Eliza has to be a legit soprano.
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Gothampc
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Nobody has mentioned Lea Michele in Funny Girl.
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