According to the Hollywood Reporter, NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt announced May 12 during the network's upfront presentation that NBC has closed a deal to broadcast a version of the 1957 musical.
The Music Man, which features a book, music and lyrics by Meredith Willson, took home 1958 Tony Awards for Best Actor ( Robert Preston), Best Conductor and Musical Director (Herbert Greene), Best Featured Actor ( David Burns), Best Featured Actress ( Barbara Cook) and Best Musical.
The musical opened Dec. 19, 1957, at Broadway's Majestic Theatre, where it played through Oct. 22, 1960, before transferring to the Broadway Theatre for a run through April 15, 1961. The musical was given a City Center revival in 1980 and a 2000 revival at Broadway's Neil Simon Theatre (where it was nominated for eight Tony Awards, including Best Revival).
The announcement comes off the heels of Fox's news to bring a live television presentation of Grease to the network in 2015.
At the upfront presentation — in regards to Fox's Grease — Greenblatt said, "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery."