Looks like the peacock has song and dance fever: NBC will stage a live adaptation of "The Music Man" in 2015.
NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt made the announcement Monday during the network's upfronts presentation, confirming the latest in what will most likely be an open-ended series of live musical broadcasts. "The Music Man" is the third such production for NBC, following last year's ratings hit "The Sound of Music," and the upcoming staging of "Peter Pan."
"The Music Man," a Tony award-winning 1957 musical, follows Harold Hill, a con man who poses as a band leader, selling instruments and uniforms to naive members of a small town. The townsfolk get swept up with excitement, thinking Hill will teach them how to play.
The stage version of the show was a hit, and spawned a popular film version in 1962, starring Shirley Jones and Robert Preston. Following a successful Broadway revival in 2000, a 2003 film adaptation aired on ABC, starring Matthew Broderick, Kristin Chenoweth, Victor Garber, and Molly Shannon.
No other details about NBC's staging were revealed, though it is expected to air sometime in 2015. Meanwhile, "Peter Pan" is currently in the casting stage, and is set to air on December 4.
[via The Hollywood Reporter]