Anyone else still humming “Summer Nights” after Grease: Live? Fox’s debut live musical on Sunday, January 31, was a runaway hit, proving that TV and Broadway go together like “rama lama lama ka dinga da dinga dong.”
Watching Vanessa Hudgens slay “There Are Worse Things I Could Do” — after Julianne Hough‘s spot-on “Hopelessly Devoted” and Aaron Tveit‘s fired-up “Greased Lightnin'” — made Us long for even more live musicals on the small screen. (Grease 2, anyone?) NBC — which has already produced The Sound of Music Live!, Peter Pan Live! and The Wiz Live! — is prepping for Hairspray Live! in December, but we have some ideas for Fox’s next project after Rocky Horror Picture Show this fall (which will not be live). Our wish list is below — add your own favorites in the comments!
Jonathan Larson’s ’90s musical (about impoverished artists living in NYC’s East Village) made its Broadway debut 20 years ago this April and is still one of the most seminal shows of the modern era.
Two words: “Cool Rider.”
This retelling of the classic Wizard of Oz story changed Us all “For Good.”
In the Heights
Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda earned his first Tony Award for this 2008 musical set in New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood.
We’d take that old “Razzle Dazzle” (and “All That Jazz”) anytime.
A Chorus Line
Given some of the lyrics — particularly in “Dance: Ten; Looks: Three” — this raw yet transcendent masterpiece about a typical audition might be better suited for cable. But at least the set would be simple. Also: leotards!
West Side Story
OK, this one doesn’t have the happiest ending. But it does have some pretty epic dance sequences, not to mention songs like “Tonight,” “America” and “Somewhere.”
Little Shop of Horrors
There’s a man-eating plant — what more could you want? Jake Gyllenhaal, perhaps? He starred as Seymour in a staged concert reading of the show just last year in New York City.
Guys and Dolls
There’s a reason this New York–set show — about gangsters and gamblers and the women who love them — is a classic. And how fun would those Hot Box numbers be live?
It’d probably be close to impossible to recreate the grandiosity of Baz Luhrmann‘s 2001 movie, but “Come What May” is just too good to pass up. (And let’s not forget about all the awesome pop hits, such as “Lady Marmalade” and “Your Song.”) Love in the time of tuberculosis isn’t the most joyful theme, but sometimes you need a good cry.
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