...The NBC-TV remake of Rogers & Hammerstein's THE SOUND OF MUSIC as a " live play " production's airing is about one month in the past now , and I meant to post about it here before that ! But I didn't...
With 18 million viewers IIRC , it certainly qualified as " a hit " . NBC even repeated it a week-and-a-halfish later .
I saw it both times:-) .
It was meant to be a " TV play/live production " in the mode of the PLAYHOUSE 90/BELL TELEPHONE HOURs of yore , NBC claiming " For the first time in fifty years..." . I , myself , on the West Coast of the continguous 48 states of the USA (California) saw it as an immediate taped repeat , anyway , being 3 time zones to the west of the Eastern Time Zone , where it would have indeed shown live ~ along with the Central Time Zone .
The Mountain Time Zone , especially for such a " holiday special " as this , I am not so sure about . Anyone ?????
Has it shown outside of the U.S,. yet ~ I know we have Australian and Canadian residents here , others ???
My favorite version is the Robin Williams/Dustin Hoffman movie Hook. I'm not sure if I've seen any previous live action versions.
Tiger Lily was played by a real Native American. Her tribe appeared to be played by Native American actors. It's my understanding that scenes were reworked to give Tiger Lily and her tribe a more active role in the outcome. Tinkerbell was as jealous and homicidal as ever.
It doesn't appear that they are rerunning it yet. They were touting a DVD recording which I'm sure will be available for rental soon.
From Mark Evanier -
If you missed it, NBC is rerunning Peter Pan Live! on Saturday, December 13 when kids can stay up later. I hope the network has the decency to retitle it Peter Pan Not Live! Once again, it will probably have more Walmart commercials than there are Walmarts.
Yes, I see in the TV Guide magazine that they have it listed for that day. I was looking at NBCs website and my cable schedule and it wasn't showing.
I just saw an ad on NBC that they're repeating The Sound of Music - Live tomorrow night, no longer live.
After a month or so, my wife and I finally got around to watching Peter Pan LIVE! ... and gave up after the first hour. We were thoroughly bored. We might try to finish it, but it's not looking good.
NBC has begun promoting this year's live TV musical, scheduled for Thursday Dec 3, 2015. It will be The Wiz. My wife saw this "back in the day" but it will be my first viewing.
One thing NBC learned from these previous productions -- and particularly from Peter Pan LIVE! -- is to get some star power. Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, and Stephanie Mills, the original Dorothy from Broadway's The Wiz, as Auntie Em!
There's a lot of hopes riding on this one at the network, says Adweek:
I didn't watch The Wiz Live! live (life tends to get in the way of TV watching sometimes), and then discovered, somehow, that we didn't record it. Thanks to the magic of On Demand, though, I did see it last night. (Isn't it wonderful living in the future?)
All in all, a winning effort. Here's to the next one!
Also, if you missed it, and don't have On Demand, NBC will rebroadcast The Wiz Live! on Saturday, Dec. 19 at 8 p.m.
We saw it "sorta live," skipping through the commercials. Of course in the Pacific Time Zone it wasn't live anyway. My wife had seen the touring stage version when it was new, which she says included Stephanie Mills. She didn't see the movie, and is grateful. I had not seen The Wiz in either form before. We both enjoyed it very much. I hope the ratings justify more live musicals in the future. The Peter Pan version wasn't very impressive.
p.s.: Your link doesn't work.