Meryl Streep now (Kevin Winter, Getty Images / June 10, 2012)
The ratings success of "The Sound of Music" on NBC suggests there's a huge audience for more musicals on television. But what to stage next?
The Carrie Underwood "Music" sparked discussions about what musical television should be. TV executives would be wise to challenge veteran performers to take on well-loved projects in what could be more ratings winners. Here are a few suggestions:
Meryl Streep in "Gypsy." Why not have the world's most acclaimed actress tackle Rose, the most challenging female role in musical theater? Streep missed her chance to play "Evita," but she is filming "Into the Woods."
Or Streep in "Mame." The Lucille Ball version was a bomb. This musical is waiting to be remade.
Bette Midler and Billy Crystal in "Hello, Dolly." The Barbra Streisand movie was gargantuan. A smaller TV production would bring out this musical's enduring charm and comedy.
Hugh Jackman in "Man of La Mancha." The man can sing, and he loves musical theater. Imagine his version of "The Impossible Dream."
What would you like to see?