Five Classic Musicals NBC Should Tackle & The Stars Who Should Headline
December 10th, 2013
by Josh Ferri
After the success of NBC’s The Sound of Music Live!, the network has announced plans to produce another live televised staging of a Broadway classic in 2014. Seeing as the Sound of Music formula worked so well (a Grammy-winning star surrounded by theater and TV actors), BroadwayBox has compiled our dream list of five classic musicals for NBC to broadcast next and the singer/actor pair who should headline.
Fiddler On the Roof
We’d like to see Tony and Emmy winner Mandy Patinkin (Homeland) take on the role of Tevye, the devout Russian milkman, with eight-time Grammy winner Barbra Streisand as his outspoken wife Golde.
My Fair Lady
After trending worldwide on Twitter for her scene-stealing performance as Elsa in The Sound of Music Live!, Laura Benanti is a natural choice to lead the next NBC broadcast. Let’s see this Tony winner learn about the rain in Spain as Eliza Doolittle opposite Jon Bon Jovi’s Henry Higgins.
It’s time America fell in love again with the awesome music of The Wiz. The popular Wizard of Oz story is sure to get viewers’ attention; and how could you go wrong with two-time Tony nominee Condola Rashad as Dorothy and Grammy winner Fantasia Barrino as the wicked Evillene?
West Side Story
The classic Romeo and Juliet musical set in the New York City streets could get an all-new life if Glee’s Lea Michele took on Maria and Maroon 5’s Adam Levine played Tony.
Guys and Dolls
If NBC wants to break the bank, here’s a list of four all-stars we’d like to see take on Guys and Dolls’ two central couples: Golden Globe winner Steve Carell as Nathan Detroit, Tony winner Jane Krakowski as Miss Adelaide, Oscar winner Anne Hathaway as Sister Sarah Brown and Grammy winner Justin Timberlake as Sky Masterson.