9 Shows (And Their Stars) That Should Be NBC’s Next ‘Sound of Music Live’

Who doesn't want song and dance from Neil Patrick Harris, Jennifer Hudson and Justin Timberlake?

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Neil Patrick Harris performing during the 65th annual Tony Awards in New York.

After The Sound of Music Live brought in 18.5 million viewers, NBC’s highest ratings since the ER finale in 2009,  the network told the New York Times that it plans to do a live musical again … “and again and again” over the next few years.

TIME decided to help producers come up with a list of family friendly musicals, complete with casting options made up of A-listers who can secure viewership and a Walmart sponsorship, but also have the acting and singing chops to hold their own.

Vote on which musical you think should be produced next with our poll on the right.

1. The Wiz
Starring Jennifer Hudson as Dorothy, Beyonce as Glinda, and Taye Diggs as the Wizard. Maybe throw in Ru Paul as the Cowardly Lion for good measure.

2. Guys and Dolls
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Channing Tatum have already talking about making a film version of the show—let’s just shrink it down to the small screen. Anna Kendrick could play Sarah Brown and Lea Michele would make a mean Adelaide.

3. Damn Yankees
Starring Neil Patrick Harris as the Devil, Scarlett Johansen as Lola, and Drake as Joe Boyd. (Hey, he acted in Degrassi).

4. Oklahoma
We know that Hugh Jackman has already played Curly, but if it ain’t broke… Cast additions would include Amy Adams as Laurey and Jane Lynch as Aunt Eller. We’re torn between Hayden Panettiere and Rebel Wilson for Ado Annie. It would really depend on the kind of mood  you’re going for…

5. Bye Bye Birdie
For the teenyboppers out there—Selena Gomez as Kim and Nick Jonas (already a Broadway star) as Hugo, and a shirtless Zac Efron as Conrad, who let’s face it, mostly gyrates. The Dick van Dyke role goes to Jimmy Fallon.

6. The Music Man
Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried. Done.

7. Oliver
It’s kind of a downer, so maybe Rico Rodriguez (Manny on Modern Family) could give it some light. Steve Buscemi has the perfect teeth for Fagin and Adele makes a proper Nancy. For extra tween appeal, the boys of One Direction play the pickpocket crew. The cute one gets to be Dodger.

8.  South Pacific
Yes, Hugh Jackman is already on this list, but we’re bringing him back to play Emile, anyway. Connie Britton is his opposite, Nellie.

9. A Chorus Line
You need a big, cohesive company. So we’ll just do the easy thing: Combine the casts of Glee and  So You Think You Can Dance.

6 comments
SaraJoyLebowitz
SaraJoyLebowitz

Where's the 10. All of the Above choice?  Really, any show where they can get Neil Patrick Harris and Hugh Jackman would be golden.  Did you not see their duet at the 2011 Tony Awards? Come on!

KristenW
KristenW

My money's on either West Side Story or Annie.  Not that those are my personal picks, but either of those seems like it would be a TV musical.  

jessied44
jessied44

Put Brigadoon on the list.  No revival in years.  Great music and half the songs were left out of the movie.  Again with Jackman as Tommy and Samantha Barks as Fiona.  Alternate definitely Jackman as Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls.  

jowa504
jowa504

Love this list! I would especially love to see NPH in pretty much anything, Justin Timberlake in The Music Man, or Jennifer Hudson in The Wiz