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(Deadline)   NBC feels that since The Sound of Music did so well, they're going to make a live musical show an annual franchise. So to all of you who watched the trainwreck, hope you're happy   (deadline.com) divider line 33
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2013-12-10 08:15:14 AM  
4 votes:
Please do Book of Mormon next. Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease
2013-12-10 11:09:20 AM  
3 votes:
Eh, I'm not a big musical fan, but this seems kind of harmless considering the onslaught on shiatty reality programming tv is usually under.
2013-12-10 09:04:22 AM  
3 votes:
I'd be down for a "Gwar Holiday Spectacular"
2013-12-10 07:48:57 AM  
3 votes:
As long as they get a better cast next time, I'm ok with this. My issue with their live Sound of Music was that I didn't like Carrie Underwood's acting and didn't feel she was the right person for the role. Carrie can sing, but she can't act. If they cast someone else, I'm perfectly fine with it. I wouldn't mind a live-action Singing in the Rain if it was cast well.
2013-12-10 05:21:08 PM  
2 votes:
So basicly its going to be a yearly vehicle for near talentless winners of a singing show? ( You know NBC wanted someone from the Voice so far they have yet to have a winner or runner up that is a household name )

it could have been better..A LOT better. The problem was that it was slightly dull and Underwood has the acting chops of a ham sandwich. Plus she was not suited to sing the songs.

 If they had any sense they should have casted Kristen Chenoweth. She can act and sing. And is incredibly beautiful. Perhaps next year but I doubt it. It will be another pretty mediocre singer who cant act from a staged singing contest.

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2013-12-10 02:41:22 PM  
2 votes:
I said it in the other thread and I'll say it here: I found it entertaining.

And I think it's a great idea to turn this into an annual thing.
2013-12-10 12:55:03 PM  
2 votes:
I do not see many comments on FARK about any of the shows from the "Great Performances" series.
2013-12-10 11:38:03 AM  
2 votes:
Clueless NBC Exec: Muppets? In a Broadway musical? I don't need to see any more. That's an instant family classic! Green light it immediately and schedule "Avenue Q" for Christmas 2014!
2013-12-10 11:02:02 AM  
2 votes:
My friends and I were talking about this the other day and we all agreed: We didn't HATE the idea of broadway being introduced to the masses, it's just that this attempt had some issues that could easily be rectified.

1.) Hire a cast that's full of triple threats.  IE: They can sing, dance, act.   If you need a "star" name, it's possible. See: Hugh Jackman, Neil Patrick Harris, etc.
2.) Do it on a REAL stage with a LIVE audience/orchestra.  Sell tickets to the live show and make it a charity event for the arts (most of the $$$ from this thing is going to come from the spot buys anyway.   Get an extra ratings boost by giving some cash to a worthy cause.)
3.) Pick a musical with a lesser movie.  The Sound of Music is a classic that pretty much EVERYONE has seen the film version of.  The film, however, differs quite a bit from the stage book.  Don't set your audience up for disappointment by picking something like West Side Story.Do the The Music Man, Oklahoma, State Fair, The Pajama Game, etc.

There were probably more ideas, but you get the gist.
2013-12-10 10:18:12 AM  
2 votes:

Persnickety: greentea1985: As long as they get a better cast next time, I'm ok with this. My issue with their live Sound of Music was that I didn't like Carrie Underwood's acting and didn't feel she was the right person for the role. Carrie can sing, but she can't act. If they cast someone else, I'm perfectly fine with it. I wouldn't mind a live-action Singing in the Rain if it was cast well.

Trouble is, no one will watch if it's just a bunch of Broadway types that most people have never heard of. I would guess that most of the audience had already seen SOM before.  What people tuned in to see was Carrie Underwood playing Maria.  Remove the star and there goes the audience.

SOM used the same shtick as Dancing with The Stars.  No one tunes in to watch professional dancers do stunning moves.  They watch to see Kirstie Alley or Bill Nye The Science Guy cutting a rug.


I disagree with your comparison. People tune into dancing with the stars to see "stars" either make fools of themselves or turn out to be good dancers.  I would say most fans of Miss Underwood tuned in to see her do well and most thought she did and those of us who tuned in hoping to see a good teleplay were disappointed. 

These shows should be done either one of two ways. One get the original broadway cast and you will get a market of people who love the shows and will watch it again and those who love the shows but can't afford to go. Second way get a star, stars and make sure if playing the main role they have the talent to pull it off and if you want a "the voice" star in it put them in a minor role where they have a song that shows off their voice. 

I hope NBC continues these type of shows and the next few should be the very popular shows.
2013-12-10 10:07:34 AM  
2 votes:

greentea1985: As long as they get a better cast next time, I'm ok with this. My issue with their live Sound of Music was that I didn't like Carrie Underwood's acting and didn't feel she was the right person for the role. Carrie can sing, but she can't act. If they cast someone else, I'm perfectly fine with it. I wouldn't mind a live-action Singing in the Rain if it was cast well.


Trouble is, no one will watch if it's just a bunch of Broadway types that most people have never heard of. I would guess that most of the audience had already seen SOM before.  What people tuned in to see was Carrie Underwood playing Maria.  Remove the star and there goes the audience.

SOM used the same shtick as Dancing with The Stars.  No one tunes in to watch professional dancers do stunning moves.  They watch to see Kirstie Alley or Bill Nye The Science Guy cutting a rug.
2013-12-10 09:11:57 AM  
2 votes:
hinges on finding a title that can be rated G

That leaves out the recent Tony Best Musical winners.

and has loads of very familiar tunes

That could mean the Disney ones.

NBC

That leaves out the Disney ones.

securing the services of another music star with a large fan base

Dammit.  We're getting someone from The Voice.
2013-12-10 08:21:27 AM  
2 votes:

Mugato: I never even saw the original so I'm completely blameless.

/fark musicals
//except The Blues Brothers


You have to leave room in there for Willy Wonka and Mary Poppins
2013-12-10 03:15:24 PM  
1 votes:

shabu: White Christmas


Oh man... torn about this. Would totally watch it and totally rage hate it because i isn't the original.

/that one and Miracle on 34th street are the only Christmans movies that get played year around in my household
2013-12-10 02:45:53 PM  
1 votes:
If I had my pick, I'd have them do How To Suceed in Business Without Really Trying with Daniel Radcliffe.

Radcliffe proved himself in the role in the recent Broadway revival. And he's a big enough of a name to get viewers to turn in. And the movie version isn't nearly so iconic so you don't have to worry about how a live version would compare. The dated elements can be tweaked and the overall satire on climbing the corporate ladder itself is timeless.
2013-12-10 01:53:19 PM  
1 votes:
Do Jesus Christ Superstar. If you have the BALLS.

/They don't have the balls.
2013-12-10 01:24:46 PM  
1 votes:
I am very happy, thank you very much. I am rooting for Anything Goes. The music is very singable if they want a name (although, please, not in the two lead roles). The book is by P.G. Wodehouse, so it's hysterical.
2013-12-10 01:13:13 PM  
1 votes:

Persnickety: Jim from Saint Paul: Persnickety: No one will watch if it's Broadway types. Back in 2007, MTV taped the live Broadway version of Legally Blonde, promoted the hell out of it and broadcast it uncut during prime time. It's based on the reasonably well known movie, targeted at MTV's main demographic. The songs were snappy, the actors were on target, the choreography was upbeat and live audience really added to the energy. But with no Reese Witherspoon or other big name star, the ratings were terrible and they've never done anything like that since

While I agree with most of your point, keep in mind that Legally Blond came out in 2001. The demographic of people who watched that show were the same people who had been watching TOtal Request Live with Carson Daly. Not TRL. Not TRL without Carson Daly either.

I probably didn't say it well.  What I meant to say is that Legally Blonde is a story that appeals to teens, which has always been MTV's main demographic.  There's no reason the teens of 2007 would enjoy it any less than those of 2001 did.  By 2007, Legally Blonde the movie had made its way onto the small screen many times so there's even a good chance that the target audience was familiar with it and as such the 2007 showing had a bit of the Hollywood "remake" thing going for it.  Afterall, a story like Batman originated way back in 1939 but every generation is still eager to see "their" version of it.  That's kind of the marketing they were going for.  Still, no star = no ratings.


I thought Legally Blonde handled the entire "underdog" story in a way that hadn;t really been done before, so it was a solid movie.

It wasn't groundbreaking, the idea of it being a msuical is awful (just like "Bring it On") and didn;t resonate with those same people.

And 6 years is an eternity to teenagers, you know that. Let's not act like LB was some kind of cultural corenerstone or something. It was an amusing movie. It was also a movie that had an awful sequel that was even fresher in the minds of anyone still hanging around MTV to watch it.
2013-12-10 11:59:20 AM  
1 votes:
How about doing Mamma Mia, except this time with people who can actually sing.
2013-12-10 11:37:02 AM  
1 votes:

Persnickety: Back in 2007, MTV taped the live Broadway version of Legally Blonde, promoted the hell out of it and broadcast it uncut during prime time.  It's based on the reasonably well known movie, targeted at MTV's main demographic.  The songs were snappy, the actors were on target, the choreography was upbeat and live audience really added to the energy. But with no Reese Witherspoon or other big name star, the ratings were terrible and they've never done anything like that since.


MTV showing something music-related? Yeah, right. Pretty sure this never happened.
2013-12-10 10:49:15 AM  
1 votes:
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2013-12-10 10:37:15 AM  
1 votes:

Larry Mahnken: Annual live stage performance on television: Great idea
Using non-stage actors to do it: terrible idea


Not having an audience there to react to the stage show: Worst idea.
2013-12-10 10:20:12 AM  
1 votes:
Avenue Q or Sweeney Todd
2013-12-10 10:03:28 AM  
1 votes:

Waldo Pepper: Chelle82: It's going to be Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber in "Bye Bye Birdie," isn't it?

Grease


...

SHUTUP.

SHUTUP RIGHT NOW.

SOMEONE COULD HEAR YOU AT NBC!!!
2013-12-10 09:54:18 AM  
1 votes:
Which ABC will counter with a yearly Star Wars Christmas Special LIVE! which evolves into a postmodern deconstruction of the televised entertainment genre.
2013-12-10 09:39:14 AM  
1 votes:

GameSprocket: They could do Into the Woods. I would love to hear the comments from people who let their kids keep watching after the first half.


There's a movie version coming out next year so probably not that one, much as I'd like to see it.
2013-12-10 09:34:15 AM  
1 votes:
They could do Into the Woods. I would love to hear the comments from people who let their kids keep watching after the first half.

Actually, it is a good life lesson. Actions have consequences. Maybe kids should watch it.
2013-12-10 09:33:13 AM  
1 votes:
1. The main problem is that they did/are-doing the live stage show WITHOUT AN AUDIENCE. These shows, especially those with a great deal of humor like SoM, feed off of audience participation. It gives the story a flow to hear applause for songs once completed.

2. While Underwood wasn;t god awful, she certainly was wooden and didn't really settle into the character till AFTER Maria comes back from the abbey. Funny, she felt more confident playing the character when the character starts displaying CONFIDENCE and willingness to take control of her life (which I would bet that Underwood related alot more too then the Maria that starts the show). So yes, please hire someone with a tad more acting chops fot the main character.

The thing is, you can;t tell me Underwood wouldn;t have relaxed and gotten into it alot more with an audience to work off of. She very much so is an audience participation kind of preformer and that would have helped her immensely.

3. Speaking of acting chops, Mr Von Trapp and every kid but Leisel and Grettle were pedestrian and replaceable. Very, very mediocre.

4. All complaints aside, I am happy they will continute to do it. I love me a good stage show. I just hope they add an audience of some kind for the actors to feed off of. The music was solid enough (then again, the music has stayed popular for almost 50 years so it would take alot to screw THAT part up.
2013-12-10 09:03:42 AM  
1 votes:
I am happy, I admire their ambition regardless of the outcome.
2013-12-10 09:02:43 AM  
1 votes:

greentea1985:  I wouldn't mind a live-action Singing in the Rain if it was cast well.


Joseph Gordon-Levitt!
2013-12-10 08:42:13 AM  
1 votes:
According to commentary on IMDB, the orchestra was pre-recorded (don't know if true). I thought the singing of some of the non-professional singers was out of sync. It was noticeable in some places. Let there be a live, orchestra, too, and I'd watch again.

And get some real actors who can sing, instead of Carrie Underwood.
2013-12-10 08:13:15 AM  
1 votes:

Mugato: fark musicals


Duck Soup was a great musical, you bite your tounge!
jbc [TotalFark]
2013-12-10 08:08:46 AM  
1 votes:
"Sharknado: The Musical"
 
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