...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 ???
Emerkeith Davyjack said:
Does anybody remember that, in the 90s, NBC (I think ) had a franchise going of filmed classic musical remakes? I recall ones of THE MUSIC MAN and BYE BYE BIRDIE - The latter having Vanessa Williams (who I think uses her middle initial as an actress due to an Actor's Equity conflict) , an African-American, as Rosie, created by Chita Rivera in th he original Broadway production. This gains relevance considering the " joking on Latino stereotypes " " Flaming " song in BBB. A few years back I saw the San Francisco PBS was broadcasting the San Francisco Opera's production of SHOW BOAT. Could this have been a San Francisco-only exclusive?
There's another actress named Vanessa Williams -- we saw her on The Flash as Joe West's estranged wife Francine -- so Vanessa Williams the former Miss America was obliged to use her middle initial for a while. As I understand it, she really didn't want to. There was some argument that she was already famous from other ventures -- singing, Broadway, being Miss America -- so she didn't have to use the middle initial and eventually stopped doing it.
As for the performance of Show Boat that you mention, your description of it answers your own question.
The ABC live remake of an episode each of ALL IN THE FSMILY and THE JEFFERSOMS is to-night - I guess it's already started in the U.S. Eastern time zone already? It's nearing 7 PM here in Cali as I write this...apparently ABC here in SF will run it at 8 PM, delayed, but not waiting Tim's what I understood to be the 9:30 Eastern start time...It may bleep out some language that the original shows allowed!! I meant to write of this here before...
The Hollywood Reporter looks at the state of things with live TV musicals: "Network TV's Live Musical Boom Hits Sour Note"
NBC scrapped Hair, in part because the executive who greenlighted it doesn't work there anymore and the new leadership is wary of the returns on these musicals relative to their cost. It's got a remake of Bye, Bye Birdie in limbo, as well as A Few Good Men (although that one wasn't planned to be a musical). Also, ABC has backed off The Little Mermaid.
It looks like The Little Mermaid is back on, at least for now. From Vulture.com: "ABC Is Staging The Little Mermaid Live With Auli’i Cravalho, Queen Latifah, and ... Shaggy!"
No buzz on The Little Mermaid Live?
The show's formal title is The Wonderful World of Disney Presents The Little Mermaid Live!, which tells you one thing that was wrong with it; it's another piece of Disney corporate synergy and branding, instead of being an evening's entertainment.
We all weren't home when it aired, and it took a while before we all were home and wanted to see it and made the time to do so.
This presentation is not to be confused with the pending live action movie version of The Little Mermaid, slated for next year. Various people went batcrap crazy with the news that Halle Bailey of the singing duo Chloe x Halle and the cast of grown-ish, was cast in the title role, because, well, she isn't White.
However, the lead in the TV movie version isn't White, either; she's Auli'i Cravalho, who also was the lead in Moana. Clearly, she was cast for her lovely singing voice, because this vehicle didn't let her do much acting. This "live-action" production featured flesh-and-blood singers and dancers only for the songs. For those, the producers pulled out all the stops, with elaborate costumes and extensive choreography on a set in a soundstage on the Disney lot.
For the rest of the story -- as it is known in musical theater circles, the libretto or "the book" -- they just played the animated movie! So only about two-thirds of this production was "live-action."
Now, the cast was game. Clearly, John Stamos (as Chef Louis) and Queen Latifah (as Ursula, the Sea Witch) were having fun, and Auli'i Cravalho gave it her all. Then there was Shaggy, as Sebastian, who wore a red jumpsuit reminiscent of Eddie Murphy's in that old concert movie Raw. But the proceedings really weren't as advertised.
The movie is iconic but is the stage musical?
Philip Portelli said:
The movie is iconic but is the stage musical?
Probably not, but these things tend to be a blend of the movie versions and the musical versions.
For what it's worth, the original Broadway production of the musical was nominated for three Tony awards.
Probably the only way that most of us can get to see it.