Since 2013 musicals have been making big news on small screens. This wave of live TV musicals started with NBC’s live “The Sound of Music” in 2013 and has continued through with “Grease” on Fox in February.
Networks have been embracing TV musicals as a way to get ratings to go back up in the prime time slot. With the advent of binge watching, many people are no longer actually turning on the TV.
The next big live production will be NBC’s Hairspray Live, airing December 17. With the full cast list officially revealed, fans are really starting to rally behind the show.
It will be interesting to see if Hairspray is able to stand up to the tough criticism often given to the live TV musicals.