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NBC scored boffo ratings with The Sound of Music two years ago. It’s second live musical production attracted about half the viewers even though Peter Pan received better reviews. NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt attributes that to the star wattage not being as bright for their most recent production. I definitely agree with his sentiment below.

“In spite of the fact that there was a lot of critical negativity, I think Carrie Underwood was an enormous amount of draw for The Sound of Music,” Greenblatt told reporters at the Television Critics Association’s winter TV previews. “That kind of big star helped bring a bigger audience, and it was the first one, and The Sound of Music was a classic, also. Peter Pan’s not as well known as a show. It’s a known fairy tale, but not as well-known a show. We didn’t have stars that were as big as Carrie. I loved what Chris[topher] Walken and what Allison [Williams] did, but I think stars would bring a bigger number.”

On the bright side, 10 million viewers on a Thursday night in December for a 60-year-old musical is still pretty awesome. Not surprisingly, a third foray is being planned for later this year. Greenblatt reveals the network has optioned the rights to both The Music Man (1957) and The Wiz (1975). Personally, I’m rooting for the latter with Jennifer Hudson somehow involved. What do you think? Weigh in below.

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NBC can’t get enough of Minnie Driver. The 44-year-old actress currently stars in About A Boy and this December she’ll be pulling double duty for the peacock network. She’s set to narrate Peter Pan Live! and also play the role of a grown-up Wendy Darling.

“We’re thrilled to have Minnie as part of this Peter Pan adventure,” said Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment. “She appears in the final emotional scene when Peter returns to the Darling home years later only to realize Wendy is now grown up and has a daughter of her own, but you’ll also hear her voice throughout the movie since Adult Wendy is also our narrator. She’s a classy addition to our wonderful cast.”

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Based on looks alone, it appears that Rob Marshall has another hit musical on his hands. As the old adage says though, don’t judge a book by its cover. The 54-year-old director’s 2009 big budget Nine looked fantastic but was a snoozefest and bombed at the box office. Here’s hoping he has a reversal of fortune with Into The Woods.

Bringing the beloved 1987 musical didn’t translate easily to film and the huge creative challenge fell upon Rob’s shoulders. In a recently-released behind the scenes featurette, the cast praises Marshall’s vision and hard work for bringing the hit Stephen Sondheim masterpiece to the big screen.

Check out the entertainingly informative clip below which features snippets of some of the casting singing. Meryl Streep (the Witch) sings her beautiful ballad “Stay with Me” to Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy). Additionally, we hear the opening song “I Wish” sung by Emily Blunt and James Corden (as the Baker’s Wife and Baker), as well as Anna Kendrick (Cinderella), and Daniel Huttlestone (Jack). If that wasn’t enough, Johnny Depp (The Wolf) shows off his howl. Into the Woods hits theaters on Christmas Day!

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Does anyone else have a feeling that NBC’s upcoming Peter Pan musical is going to be one hot mess? Call me pessimistic but I think it’ll be more cringeworthy than Carrie Underwood’s wooden acting in The Sound Of Music last year. It definitely won’t attract nearly the amount of viewers. That’s for sure.

The network unveiled the first promo poster for their musical event. Allison Williams takes flight as Christopher Walken serves his best menacing mug in the artwork. Peter Pan Live! will air on December 4 on NBC. Despite my doubts, I’ll definitely be there to watch it. How about you? Weigh in below.

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Before you get too excited, Nicole Scherzinger isn’t reuniting with the Pussycat Dolls. Although, it wouldn’t surprise me if she did in the future, if her new solo album flops like her previous attempt. Rather, the 36-year-old singer is joining the West End revival production of Cats. She’ll play “Glamour Cat” Grizabella for a 12-week run starting in December at London’s Palladium.

“I am really thrilled to be making my West End debut in such an iconic show and I couldn’t be more excited,” Nicole shared in a statement. “To have the opportunity to work with Andrew [Lloyd Webber], Trevor, and Gillian is a dream come true. I grew up listening to Andrew’s extraordinary music and was lucky enough, a couple of years ago, to record Cats’ beautiful song ‘Memory.’ Andrew’s score is breathtaking and I am truly honored to have been asked to take part in what I know will be a very special time in my career. I can’t wait to begin rehearsals.”

This isn’t the first time Scherzinger has performed songs from an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. She’s previously sang songs from Phantom Of The Opera and Evita for various music specials. Check out the performances below.

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On October 16, Michael C. Hall steps into glittery high heels to play a transgendered East-German singer. The Dexter actor handles the torch from Girls Andrew Rannells who leaves the Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inhc after taking over Neil Patrick Harris. The latter won a Tony for his work.

Hall is no stranger to the Great White Way. He’s appeared in other Broadway productions including Chicago and Cabaret. Michael is expected to perform as Hedwig until January 4, 2015.

Now that the official promo poster of Hall as the titular character has been released, I’m curious to see which of the three actors our readers think is the most convincing Hedwig. Check out the other posters below and cast your vote.

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Previously, NBC shared the above photo of Allison Williams as the titular character for their upcoming Peter Pan Live! airing December 4. While public opinion was divided on how she looked in Pan’s costume, I almost guarantee the same won’t be said about Christopher Walken as Captain Hook. Walken embodies the meanie perfectly.

The network shared a promo pic with Entertainment Weekly of Walken and Williams dueling as their alter egos. Check out the photo below.

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Andrew Rannells is currently playing the titular transgender rocker in the Broadway revival. Production tapped the Book of Mormon star for a limited eight-week engagement after Neil Patrick Harris left after winning a Tony. Beginning October 16, Micheal C. Hall takes over until January 2015.

Production was reportedly to end after Harris’ engagement. It appears box office receipts are still doing well after his departure. The cache of winning all those Tonys is probably helping propel ticket sales.

In case you’re wondering if Hall has the chops for the role, he does. The former Dexter actor, in the past, has taken over roles in other Broadway productions including Chicago and Cabaret. For the latter, he sported some serious amounts of makeup. Check him out playing the Master of Ceremonies in Cabaret below, along with a vocal performance from the HBO series, Six Feet Under.

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