Seventy-six trombones are about to make their way to NBC! The network announced today during its Monday upfront presentation that it will be staging a live rendition of the beloved hit muiscal 'The Music Man' in 2015, which will serve as a follow-up to last year’s ratings smash 'The Sound of Music Live!'
Pretty terrific, right? That's Terrific with a capital T and that rhymes with P and that stands for Perfection! (Sorry, but I just couldn't help myself.) As of now, no exact timetable has been set, however, the performance will air sometime after the network's production of 'Peter Pan,' which takes flight on Dec. 4 of this year.
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For those unfamiliar with the 1957 Broadway hit, 'The Music Man' centers around a con man named Harold Hill, who poses as a boys' band leader in order to collect money from the naive folks of a small town in Iowa. However, his plans to cut and run get off track as he starts to fall for the town librarian, who becomes suspicious of his intentions.
A 1962 big-screen version of 'The Music Man' starred Robert Preston and Shirley Jones as the central couple, Harold and Marian. Matthew Broderick and Kristin Chenoweth then headlined in a 2003 TV remake on ABC.
Meanwhile, FOX is busy gearing up for its own live musical production. As previously reported, the competing network will air its own version of 'Grease' sometime in 2015 as well. That should give us all something to talk, talk, talk, talk, bicker, bicker, bicker about for quite some time.