NBC lines up 'Music Man' musical
May 13th, 2014
11:40 AM ET

NBC lines up 'Music Man' musical

NBC is turning up the "Music."

The network has announced that it will stage a live, televised production of the 1957 musical "The Music Man" to follow this year's production of "Peter Pan."

NBC has been bitten by the musical bug since its 2013 production of "The Sound of Music," which apparently revived the live musical event format for TV. The network's production may have been criticized, but it was also watched by millions and successful enough to give execs the courage to put on another musical in 2014. The network evidently wants to stick with family-friendly and classic properties, as it doesn't get more nostalgic than "The Music Man."

After appearing on Broadway, the musical's story of a con artist pretending to be a band leader in a Midwestern town landed on the big screen in 1962. Robert Preston played the swindler Harold Hill, and Shirley Jones was the librarian Hill falls for.

The story later reappeared as a TV movie in 2003 starring Matthew Broderick and Kristin Chenoweth.

According to TVLine, NBC is planning to re-introduce "The Music Man" to audiences sometime in 2015.


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