Last night’s televised The Sound of Music Live! got great ratings, meaning there will (hopefully) be more to come! I’ve got a few ideas for the ol’ Peacock:
This is a bit of a deep cut, and the original cast was filmed for television, but I’d love to see a 21st century update. It has a number set in a gay bar! Think how great that would be now.
DREAM CASTING: Stockard Channing, Vanessa L. Williams as Margo; Patina Miller, Laura Benanti as Eve, Jessie Mueller in the Bonnie Franklin role, Norm Lewis as Bill Sampson
2. Fiddler on the Roof
I know: another musical set in a mountain village on the brink of an extremist regime. But more importantly, this is another classic musical that deserves to be discovered by a new audience. Timeless and perfect for the whole family!
DREAM CASTING: Mandy Patinkin as Tevye, Bette Midler (a replacement Tzeitel in the original production!) as Golde, Jessica Walter as Golde, Laura Benanti(I’m gonna try and put her in everything CAN YOU BLAME ME???) as Fruma Sarah, Cristin Milioti as Tzeitel, Jessie Mueller as Hodel
3. The Wiz
This would be AMAZING.
DREAM CASTING: Amber Riley as Dorothy; Stephanie Mills (the original Dorothy!) as Glinda; Patti LaBelle, Jennifer Holliday as Evilene, Janelle Monae as the Scarecrow; Billy Porter as the Tin Man; Norm Lewis as the Lion; Aretha Franklin as Addaperle
4. Anne Hathaway
This is just a general plea to cast Anne Hathaway, who clearly has the chops and the drive to pull off a live musical on TV (one would argue she’s been auditioning for it mfor years).
Suggestions on Twitter have included Cabaret and My Fair Lady. I’ll throw one in and suggest She Loves Me(where Anne would get to deliver the show-stopping “Vanilla Ice Cream”), another classic show looking to be rediscovered by a modern audience.
5. Bombshell: The Musical
COME ON, NBC. You have a musical crying out to be staged RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU. You’ve even still got Meg Hilty under contract; how hard could this be??? Hit List is getting its own live concert. How about giving a full staging to the Tony award-winning smash of SMASH?
Anyway, just thought I’d throw these out into the universe. Who knows! Maybe one them will actually come true…..