I don’t quite know how to feel about the fact that The Sound Of Music Live starring the dubious Carrie Underwood did so well for NBC. On the one hand, it gives creatively-minded people access to great live theater that they might not have if they don’t live in a big city, but on the other hand, that was in no world great live theater. That was a lead actress with no acting training and a supporting cast of actors with minimal singing training tromping around on a cheap set in between inappropriately-belted songs.
But it was also one of the most fun things to watch all year, especially if you were on Twitter while it was happening. If we’ve learned anything about reality TV, it’s that televised trainwrecks can be fun, and this was a trainwreck of the first order.
But even if I don’t know how to feel about it, I do know that it scored over eight million viewers, so you know people have been in back-to-back meetings ever since it aired, trying to figure out how to duplicate it. There are a lot of classic musicals out there (and even more celebrities available and eager to get mis-cast in them), so here are ones I think will be next in line for the live treatment, and the stars who’d be best (or worst) -suited for the role.
Bottom line, you’re gonna have a good time. Even if it’s against your will.
Starring: Tina Fey as Velma Kelly and Amy Poehler as Roxie Hart
They do re-imaginings of superhero movies all the time, so what’s to stop them from doing a remake of Chicago with less dancing and more laughing. Or even the same amount of dancing, just still more laughing. I would watch the shit out of that, as would every human I respect in the world.
2. WEST SIDE STORY
Starring: Selena Gomez as Maria
It would be a starring vehicle for her costar, who’d be some no-name in the role of Tony, but it’s actually a perfect fit because Selena’s strength is her acting, and her character doesn’t have to dance all that much. All she’d have to do is lip sync sweetly into a mic while all across the nation, people squinted at their TVs to see if they could tell.
3. THE MUSIC MAN
Starring: Justin Timberlake as Harold Hill
It’s the one stage of his own career that Justin hasn’t gotten around to, yet, so you know he’d be on board. I’m imagining a modern-day version of the slick and charming Harold Hill, with some specially-written songs added from Justin’s own catalogue. (At his insistence, of course.)
4. SINGING IN THE RAIN
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Don Lockwood
I actually really love this casting. The role was made famous in the original movie by Gene Kelly, who’s an insane triple threat, obviously, but I think JGL can come pretty close to filling his shoes. He can dance, sing, and act, and he has that charming little spark that’s so crucial to the part.