The Live TV version of musicals is a trend that, considering the previously released projects – and the ones that are still in production – doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon. So here’s the question: what other musicals would be a great fit for this trend? This week’s Seriesly Ranking is leaving you with a few suggestions of our own. Please, do check our Top Five Musicals that Deserve the Live TV Treatment right here:
5. Singin' in the Rain
4. Mary Poppins
3. The Wizard of Oz
2. Moulin Rouge!
1. The Phantom of the Opera
5. Singin' in the RainIf musicals are your thing, chances are you've heard the name Gene Kelly. And the actor/singer/dancer made a strong impression on this musical that showed the initial struggles of transitioning from the silent movie industry to the sound industry. Suffice to say, the musical was an astonishing success, spurring new version for the stage. So, could a live TV version pull off the same success? Why not giving it a try?
4. Mary Poppins"Mary Poppins" has left her mark to an entire new generation of moviegoers around the world, even going as far as giving birth to an upcoming sequel. However, the same can't be said about seeing the iconic nanny on stage, a trend that a live TV adaptation could change for the better!
3. The Wizard of OzEven after almost 80 years. hearing a then-young Judy Garland putting her lungs to work on a touching rendition of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" still sends chills down our collective spines, gearing what would be known as one of the best musical movies ever! Such popularity gave birth to several successful version for the stage, so why not doing the same thing for the live TV format?
2. Moulin Rouge!Baz Luhrmann is infamously known for "sparing no expense" in his movies, whether they fail miserably or bring an astounding success. And Moulin Rouge! remains, to this day, one of his strongest outings in the musical world! Just imagine the same plot being broadcast live from the ACTUAL Moulin Rouge! How epic would that be?
1. The Phantom of the OperaOur top spot goes to the musical based on the Gaston Leroux novel of the same name. After two successful adaptations (one by the legendary Andrew Lloyd Webber for the stage, the second by Joel Schumacher for the big screen), is it any wonder that this tragic love story between a soprano and a disfigured musician remains one of the most popular and well-recognized musicals ever?