NBC already planning another live musical for 2014: ‘We could do a handful over the years’

by Nick Barnes

The Sound of Music Live - Carrie Underwood

NBC is already looking to air another live musical on the back of the success of The Sound of Music Live.

Well, some would disagree that it was a success, but nobody can argue with the ratings and with almost 19 million viewers tuning in to see Carrie Underwood in the live extravaganza, NBC is looking to the future.

Robert Greenblatt, chairman of Entertainment at NBC has said that the network is already planning a similar event for the 2014 holiday season.

He said that they are “circling a couple of titles” that feature some classic songs the whole family can sing along to.

In an interview with the New York Times, he gushed: “All weekend, people have been calling us and emailing us. Rights holders of musicals have said, ‘Please do one of our shows.’ We’re excited to try it again”.

But, when a network tries something as big as a three-hour live musical on TV, it’s certain to be met with a little bit of backlash – possibly from the stars of the original.

Of course, The Sound of Music was originally released as a movie back in 1965 starring the likes of Kym Karath and Julie Andrews. The former wasn’t best pleased about the performance stating that she was disappointed by Underwood’s role as Maria.

Karath originally played the role of Gretl and following the event on Thursday (December 5) evening, she took to Twitter to air her opinions.

Kym kicked off her tirade of tweets by writing: “Mystified & disappointed so far by SO special. So far only happy with Stephen Moyer.

“Must admit some scenes are actually painful to watch”.

Carrie Underwood

Her third tweet took a shot at Carrie Underwood, as she wrote: “Love Carrie Underwood but this role is just not right for her. She is lovely her voice is beautiful but acting is wrong”.

However, despite the critics, Greenblatt has stated that it could become a tradition over the next few years.

“There’s enough to do a handful of these over the next years, if we keep increasing the learning curve,” he said “There may be a little bit of a phenomenon to the first one of these. Who knows what happens [in] year 2, 3 or 4. But you’ve got to have events. I think we could do this again – and again and again”.

Would you like to see another live musical air on the network again? If so, what changes would you make to the format?