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NBC announces second in potential series of live musicals after 'Sound of Music'

Posted by Emily Wright  December 10, 2013 09:41 AM

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The homes of NBC viewers will come alive with the sound of a musical once again.

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Robert Greenblatt, the network's chairman of the entertainment division, said that Storyline Entertainment partners Neil Meron and Craig Zadan will be at the helm of another live musical production next year, following "The Sound of Music" success last Thursday. The live event garnered 18.6 million viewers.

No word yet on what next year's musical will be, but during a phone interview with the New York Times, the aforementioned said that they already have a few in mind.

The production must fit a few simple prerequisites:

  1. It must be a Broadway classic
  2. It must be family-friendly
  3. It must be full of popular, well-known songs

During the same interview, Greenblatt added that there is potential for "a handful of" live musicals over the next few years.

“There may be a little bit of a phenomenon to the first one of these," he said. "Who knows what happens Year 2, 3 or 4. But you’ve got to have events. I think we could do this again — and again and again.”

Were you into "The Sound of Music?" Think NBC is doing the right thing by making this an annual event? Let us know in the comments.


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