Pick-a-little, talk-a-little—have you heard? The Music Man is coming to NBC! According to The Hollywood Reporter, NBC honcho Robert Greenblatt announced in his upfront presentation on May 12 that the network will air a live telecast of the iconic 1957 musical. The broadcast follows on the heels of the mega-successful telecast of The Sound of Music, starring Carrie Underwood, and the upcoming Peter Pan. (Meanwhile, Fox recently announced plans to bring Grease to the small screen.)
The Music Man features music and lyrics by Meredith Willson and a book by Willson and Franklin Lacey. It centers on Harold Hill, a traveling con man who poses as a band leader—despite not knowing the first thing about playing an instrument. Marian Paroo, the town librarian, sees through his act, but as the two fall in love, Hill risks being revealed as a fraud. The musical includes such famous songs as "Good Night My Someone," "Seventy-Six Trombones," "Gary, Indiana," "Shipoopi" and "Til There Was You."
The Music Man premiered on Broadway in 1957 starring Robert Preston and Barbara Cook, and has been revived twice since. The tuner has been adapted for film twice: first in 1962 (with Preston and Shirley Jones) and again for TV in 2003 with Matthew Broderick and Kristin Chenoweth.
Details about the broadcast, including casting and an air date, will be announced later.