So far we've enjoyed seeing The Sound of Music, Peter Pan, The Wiz, and Grease: Live on our televisions in the past several years. I have long been a lover of theater arts, singing, and dance, so I have faithfully watched every single incarnation that has appeared on NBC and FOX. I sincerely want these productions to keep coming, so I have made a list of shows that should be considered for the next live television production!
ABC has yet to get in on the live musical trend, but I have a few ideas for what they should do. ABC and Disney are owned by the same company, so personally I would love to see either Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, or Aladdin live. Heck, they should do all three!
I'm a sucker for nostalgia, and Disney classics from the Disney Renaissance never get old for me. Not to mention, the live action Beauty and the Beast film starring Emma Watson will be coming out soon; what better way to promote the movie than to have the musical on television? Please consider this, ABC!
2. West Side Story
This is one of my favorite musicals because it has the best of everything; beautiful, soaring melodies, fabulous choreography, and a story that will break your heart. Until I get to see this production live, I will keep myself content by watching the movie for the 1000th time.
I have actually never seen this musical, but I've heard so much about it and have friends who were borderline fanatical and frothing at the mouth anytime Wicked was mentioned. So, I have to recommend it to the musical producers out there. I feel it deserves to be produced on television for the 5% of people like me who haven't seen it. Why not? I might even end up frothing at the mouth once I see it.
4. The Phantom of the Opera
I had the pleasure of seeing this show live on Broadway several years ago and it was definitely a treat. A live rendition of this show on television wouldn't be bad at all. Sets and costumes alone would be worth turning the channel on to watch.
5. Les Misérables
It might be wise to wait a few more years to produce this one for television, in light of the fantastic movie released in 2012, but I think this is a terrific musical that I would like to see on stage because the movie (and an audition I did as a child) are the only ways I'm familiar with the famous adaptation.
Well, there you have it. My top five musicals I would like to see next on live television. There are sure to be hundreds that are deserving of a production that I've never even seen or heard of, but I hope at least one of these makes it to television in the near future.