In a somewhat odd move for a broadcast network (but one that was kind of inevitable following the huge success of shows like Glee and Smash), NBC is teaming up with producers of the latter musical series (Craig Zadan and Neil Meron) to stage a live broadcast of The Sound Of Music. Just to be clear, this is not an attempt to remake the classic film, but is instead a new production of the long-standing Broadway musical.
Bob Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment, offered up the following thoughts on the new venture: "It is our supreme pleasure to broadcast - live - a new version of the seminal Broadway musical The Sound of Music for a whole new generation. There used to be a tradition of broadcasting musicals live back in the 1950s and we’re thrilled to do it once again with a musical that has been a family classic for five decades. There is no more talented and creative producing team than Craig Zadan and Neil Meron to bring Rodgers and Hammerstein’s final – and most beloved – collaboration to network television in this groundbreaking live telecast.”
Craig Zadan added his thoughts as well - "It isn’t our intention to produce a remake of the movie version of ’The Sound of Music’ - that would be artistic blasphemy. What we want to do, instead, is to give audiences a completely fresh experience of this great Tony Award-winning stage musical in the form of a classic television event, combined with the spontaneity of a live performance. And all of the actors will be singing live; there will be no lip-synching to pre-recordings.”
Casting for the new version of The Sound Of Music is set to begin immediately, with an airdate to be announced shortly after that. The audience for musicals on TV has grown by leaps and bounds in the last decade, and it will interesting to see if that translates to a live broadcast of an actual stage production.
Will you check out The Sound Of Music when it debuts on NBC?