“The Sound of Music” is truly one of my favorite things. Hopefully, NBC doesn’t eff it up with it’s attempt to bring the seminal musical to a brand new audience. The peacock network is going old school and planning to air a live broadcast of the beloved film. Back in the 1950s, broadcasting musicals live was the norm, and NBC is hoping to revive that tradition. They’ve enlisted Smash producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron to helm the project. Along with “Smash“, the duo have also done film versions of “Chicago” and “Hairspray”.
“It isn’t our intention to produce a remake of the movie version of ‘The Sound of Music’ – that would be artistic blasphemy,” Zadan says in a statement. “What we want to do, instead, is to give audiences a completely fresh experience of this great Tony Award-winning stage musical in the form of a classic television event, combined with the spontaneity of a live performance. And all of the actors will be singing live; there will be no lip-synching to pre-recordings.”
The new live adaptation will be based on the 1959 Broadway show instead of the film starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. That said, their version will feature songs from the movie along with additional music from the Broadway show that theater buffs will appreciate. No air date for the upcoming broadcast has not yet been set, but casting for the show has already begun. Who do you think should play Maria Von Trapp? An established star or an unknown? Sound off below.