In spite of some of the awful reviews Carrie Underwood and The Sound of Music received, the ratings told a different story. According to E! Online on Jan. 19, NBC wants to capitalize on that success with another live musical. This time they are planning Peter Pan.
NBC boss Robert Greenblatt said the story will receive a live adaptation and said, "We had so much doing a big musical that the family could watch over the holidays, so we're going to do it again."
No casting has been set but when asked who he’d like to see in the lead, Greenblatt said "I want Miley Cyrus!" He went to say that he would "be coy" about the casting as the project is too new at this point. He added, however, "Get ready for flying children and some start-of-the-art technology for Tinkerbell."
So just how well did “The Sound of Music Live” do? It raked in more than 19 million viewers and 3 million more who tuned in via DVR playback. It even out-performed the network’s football programming.
Greenblatt later released the following statement:
"We're very pleased to be underway on Peter Pan as our next live holiday musical for the whole family. We were all delighted to see how The Sound of Music Live! struck such a chord in December and brought nearly 19 million people to the live telecast plus another several million viewers over the weekend. In the hopes that lightning strikes twice, we think we've landed on another great Broadway musical — which ironically also starred Mary Martin—that is a timeless classic for all audiences, young and old, who just never want to grow up."
The same team, Smash's Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who helped bring The Sound of Music to life, will work on the new Peter Pan production.
No air date has been set for “Peter Pan” at this time. We’ll let you know when there is. Until then, check back often for more news and updates.
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