10 Musicals We Would Love to See Telecast Live

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The Wiz Live! has come and gone (and it's still all we can talk about). From the glitzy costumes to the incredible new orchestrations and flawless performances, we loved NBC's take on the "Wizard of Oz"-inspired story. But what comes next? We took to Twitter to ask our readers which musicals they'd love to see live telecast (and added a few of our own ideas in as well).

Little Shop of Horrors:

Ellen Greene and Jake Gyllenhaal in <i>Little Shop of Horrors</i>
Ellen Greene and Jake Gyllenhaal in Little Shop of Horrors Photo by Joan Marcus


This cult classic musical about an alien plant with plans to take over the world was an easy choice for us. We would love to see original stage and screen star Ellen Greene and Jake Gyllenhaal reprise their recent Encores! roles as Audrey and Seymour. Add in James Monroe Iglehart as the singing voice of Audrey II, and we're sold! Gypsy:

Laura Benanti, Patti LuPone and Boyd Gaines in <i>Gypsy</i>, 2008
Laura Benanti, Patti LuPone and Boyd Gaines in Gypsy, 2008 Photo by Joan Marcus


Gypsy is due for a remake, so why not turn it into a live television event starring Meryl Streep as the stage mother to end all stage mothers, Rose? Her daughter Mamie, who is currently starring in Roundabout Theatre Company's Ugly Lies the Bone, would be an excellent choice to play Rose's daughter Louise. They could even bring back previous Broadway Roses, including Bernadette Peters, Patti LuPone and Tyne Daly to play the "Gotta Get a Gimmick" strippers. My Fair Lady:

Julie Andrews in <i>My Fair Lady</i>
Julie Andrews in My Fair Lady Photo by Friedman-Abeles


The classic musical My Fair Lady would lend itself to a live telecast quite nicely. Anna Kendrick would be "Pitch Perfect" as Eliza Doolittle with her "Into the Woods" co-star Chris Pine as the lovesick Freddy Eynsford-Hill. We could imagine "dancing all night" with them. Sweeney Todd:

Angela Lansbury and Len Cariou in the original Broadway production of <i>Sweeney Todd</i>
Angela Lansbury and Len Cariou in the original Broadway production of Sweeney Todd


This dark musical, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, would be quite different from what we're used to seeing in live telecasts, but imagine Taye Diggs as the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, alongside Uzo Aduba as Mrs. Lovett. We would go wild to see Aduba's rendition of "By the Sea." The Music Man:

Craig Bierko and the company in <i>The Music Man</i>
Craig Bierko and the company in The Music Man


There had been rumors circulating that Meredith Willson's The Music Man would be the 2015 NBC live musical event, so why not make those rumors reality? Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth could reprise her role as Marian Paroo from the 2003 film adaptation. Perhaps she could be joined by fellow Tony Award-winning actor Hugh Jackman as everyone's favorite con-man, Harold Hill. Ragtime:

Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell in <i>Ragtime</i>
Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell in Ragtime


This musical, based on E.L. Doctorow's 1975 novel of the same name, might just be the heartbreaking live musical event that we all need. Of course, we would want to see Tony Award winners Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell return as Sarah and Coalhouse Walker Jr.  Next to Normal:

Aaron Tveit, Alice Ripley and J. Robert Spencer in the Broadway musical <i>Next to Normal</i>, 2009
Aaron Tveit, Alice Ripley and J. Robert Spencer in the Broadway musical Next to Normal, 2009 Photo by Joan Marcus


Next to Normal won three Tony Awards when it opened on Broadway in 2009, and we think it would make an excellent live musical event. Golden Globe Award winner Toni Colette proved that she had singing chops when she was nominated for a Tony Award for her portrayal of Queenie in The Wild Party, and we would love to see her portrayal of Diana Goodman. Perhaps with Zac Efron as her son Gabe? Dirty Rotten Scoundrels:

Norbert Leo Butz and John Lithgow in <i>Dirty Rotten Scoundrels</i>
Norbert Leo Butz and John Lithgow in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels


This musical, based on the 1988 film of the same name, would leave us all in stitches as a live musical event. In the original film Steve Martin took on the role of Freddy Benson, but we would love to see him switch things up and step into Lawrence Jameson's shoes. We bet that Josh Gad could learn a few things from Martin if he hammed it up as Freddy. Mary Poppins:

Laura Michelle Kelly and Christian Borle in <i>Mary Poppins</i>
Laura Michelle Kelly and Christian Borle in Mary Poppins Photo by Joan Marcus


A new "Mary Poppins" adaptation has been announced, but why couldn't it become a telecast musical? Anne Hathaway would make a stunning Mary Poppins alongside Tony Award winner Neil Patrick Harris as chimney sweep Bert. We would love to see Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke take part in the musical as well — perhaps as The Bird Woman and Admiral Boom! In the Heights:

Lin-Manuel Miranda and the company of <i>In the Heights</i>
Lin-Manuel Miranda and the company of In the Heights Photo by Joan Marcus


While Lin-Manuel Miranda is currently busy starring in Hamilton and writing music for the new Disney movie "Moana," we would be eternally grateful if he took a little break to bring In the Heights to life on television (and bring the entire original Broadway cast along with him!).

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