Another Musical for Broadcast — This is a Good Thing

Photo from the Carpenter Performing Arts Center, CSULB's production of The Music Man

Photo from the Carpenter Performing Arts Center, CSULB’s production of The Music Man

First there was Sound of Music, and then the announcement of Peter Pan at the Holidays this year. Now NBC has announced that it’s going to broadcast The Music Man, though the date hasn’t been announced.

Let me restate my unequivocal belief that this is good. It’s good because it means more people will come into contact with a live entertainment product. As I said before, more people saw Sound of Music on TV last December than saw a Broadway show live in the entire year. This simply can’t be bad. I couldn’t be less interested in hearing the quibbles of the Theater Suicide Cult about how Carrie Underwood isn’t a serious enough actress or whatever other overly fussy reason for saying that it would be better for nobody to see the show than to see this. You can critique all you want; that’s fine and that’s fair, but if that’s the only thing you have to say about this phenomenon, you’re so far from seeing the big picture that I couldn’t care less about your view of the minutiae.

Yes, it would be cool for HBO to produce a live version of Book of Mormon. For all I know Jordan’s got that in the works. And yes, speaking of Jordan and the Roth Doctrine in particular, The Music Man probably isn’t going to dazzle the yunguns (or even the middle-aged’uns), but this doesn’t have to be the end of the line for this process. Things that work get copied and modified.

As a rule, obscurity is the enemy of anything, but especially to a form of entertainment on the wrong side of the convenience gap.

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