17 Musicals That Should Be Performed Live On TV

17 Musicals That Should Be Performed Live On TV

There are so many plays that should take the big screen.

Recently, famous stars such as Ariana Grande, Vanessa Hudgens, Derek Hough, Julianne Hough, Kristin Chenoweth, Dove Cameron, Carlos PenaVega, Mario Lopez and Carly Rae Jepsen have hit the stage, I mean the screen, to star in musicals that millions of people watched broadcasted live across the globe.

No, it wasn't in a theatre that could hold millions of people (if those even exist). Rather, it was on a set in Hollywood from where NBC broadcast the musical being performed and sung by these stars live, that is being done at the same time in Hollywood as it was on the TV screen, no editing.

On Easter Sunday, John Legend, Alice Cooper, Brandon Victor Dixon and Sara Bareilles hit the stage in Brooklyn, N.Y. to tell the story of the Passion of Jesus Christ through the eyes of Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar: Live in Concert.

I have thought since then that there are so many plays that should have the opportunity to take the screen, as well as the stage, for those who have not, and even those who have had, the opportunity to see them on Broadway.

1. "Wicked"

The musical is jaw-dropping in real-life, but adapting it to a TV special, including the special effects that are part of the show already, would be amazing.

2. "Hamilton"

For all of the people who are *anxiously* waiting to see it on Broadway. Honestly, the set already looks like it belongs on TV.

3. "The Lion King"

Bring back all of the childhood memories and relive a Disney classic. Not to mention, the songs sung Broadway style? Yes, please. Hakuna Matata.

4. "School of Rock"

A classic musical. Having the actors play real instruments on live TV instead of having a voice over/instrument over would be so cool.

5. "Once"

Much like School of Rock, Once is known for live music, so seeing the actors play real instruments without a track would be amazing.

6. "Dear Evan Hansen"

The musical is blowing up Broadway. For everyone who has not yet had the chance to experience it in person, and might never, please give us a Dear Evan Hansen musical on TV. If musical powerhouses were cast for the TV rendition, minds could be blown.

7. "The Phantom of the Opera"

The musical has run on Broadway for a long time, and I feel as though a remake with popular stars may be cool for those who have and haven't yet seen it.

8. "Anastasia"

Another Disney movie turned musical, Anastasia is a fairly new musical that people are just starting to fall in love with.

9. "West Side Story"

I cannot be the only one that wants to see the classic musical with a whole new modern cast.

10. "Aladdin"

Another Disney classic that is popular on the stage. It would be cool for the two forms that it already exists in (movie and Broadway musical) to come together and create "a whole new world," no pun intended.

11. "Spongebob Squarepants"

A childhood classic taking the Broadway stage? Yes, please!

12. "Hello Dolly"

Another classic that would be great to see with an updated cast.

13. "The Color Purple"

The book and the movie are popular, and those who are fans that can't make it to Broadway would benefit from being able to see the musical live on their TV.

14. "Bye Bye Birdie"

Another "oldie, but goodie" musical that would be amazing with a modernized cast.

15. "The Book of Mormon"

A modern musical comedy taking Broadway by storm. If done with a cast of musical powerhouses, the play live on TV would be amazing.

16. "Les Miserables"

A popular classic Broadway musical, book and motion picture. A remake with a modern cast would be amazing to see.

17. "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was remade into multiple movies, a book and a musical. For people like myself who were always big fans, it would be so great to see a Broadway musical rendition with a famous cast.

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The End Of The Semester As Told By Todd Chrisley

Because we're all a little dramatic like Todd sometimes.

The last 3-4 weeks of every college student's semester are always crazy hectic.

We have last minute assignments, group projects, and exams all squeezed into the last few weeks before break.

Sometimes we all need a little humor, and sometimes we are all a little dramatic, so why not experience the last few weeks of the semester as told by the king of drama himself, Todd Chrisley of "Chrisley Knows Best."

1. Sitting in class listening to your professor explain upcoming assignments/exams.

2. When your group project members refuse to do anything until the night before it's due or just show up the day of to present.

3. When you and your roommate try to cook with whatever few ingredients you have left in stock.

Because we definitely want to avoid going to the grocery store at the end of the semester if we can.

4. When your parents get tired of you calling them about every little inconvenience in your life.

5. Sitting down to work on assignments.

6. Your thoughts when the professor is telling you what they want from you out of an assignment.

7. When you've had about 30 mental breakdowns in two days.

8. Trying to search out the class for the right group members.

9. The last few days of classes where everyone and everything is getting on your nerves.

10. When your friend suggests going out but you're just done with the world.

11. This. On the daily.

12. When all you want to do is snuggle up and watch Christmas movies.

13. Studying and realizing you know nothing.

14. When your finals are over and it's finally time to go home for break.

You're finally back to your old self.

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The Top 10 Gay-Themed Commercials That Should Be Celebrated

Gay-themed advertisements are an important part of our representation in pop culture. Here are the ten best gay-themed commercials that deserve celebration.


Advertisements have a long history of reflecting and influencing popular culture. As someone from one of the boroughs of New York City, I've always been surrounded by advertisements. So it is extremely obvious to me why representation in these advertisements matter. Commercials online and on television are no exception. As a gay man, I'd like to present you with ten commercials that make me feel a sense of pride.

1. Israeli Gays Get Distracted On The Beach

Israel is a safe haven for LGBTQ people living in the Middle East. While places like Saudi Arabia and Iran treat gay men horrifically by enforcing Sharia Law, Israel welcomes them with open arms. That open minded attitude was even more obvious with this commercial from 2006.

2. Pepsi Brings Out The Confidence In One Guy (With A Gay Twist)

This Pepsi ad from the UK has a comedic twist that will delight the viewer with the main character's confidence. I find the women's reaction to him passing by each of them even more humorous than his friend's reactions.

3. Doritos Gay Sauna Contest Entry That Could've Gayed Up The Super Bowl

This commercial was created as a contest entry where aspiring filmmakers could create commercials for Doritos. The winning entry would be aired during the Super Bowl and the filmmaker would win a cash prize. This viral smash didn't make it, however. It seemed unfair, as several straight-themed commercials feature tons of innuendo. Unfortunately, it seems as though gay male sexuality is still threatening to some.

4. Campbell's Soup Portrays The Adorable Gay Household We All Wish We Had

This Campbell's Soup commercial is a short and sweet depiction of two gay dads sharing a sweet moment with their son. If it proves anything, it's that gay households are just like any other.

5. Marriage Equality Gets An Endorsement From Tide

While marriage equality has been a source of debate over the years, the only thing wrong with this union was the attire chosen for it. A brilliant twist ending courtesy of Tide.

6. This Heinz Commercial Is A Gay New Yorker's Dream Come True

As a gay man and a New Yorker, this commercial makes me very happy. Affection between same sex couples hasn't always been something we could see on television. However, this Heinz commercial squashes all that.

7. A Sweet And Unexpected Coming Out At McDonald's

This McDonald's commercial from Taiwan features a twist ending that is heartfelt, not comedic. For anyone who has struggled coming out, this should hit you right in the feels!

8. Sister And Brother Fight Over The Hot Pool Boy... With Coca-Cola

A nice bottle of Coke is quite refreshing. Who knew it was the perfect ice-breaker to approach your crush? This ad features a brother and sister competing for the pool boy's attention. However, it seems like someone else beat them at their own game.

9. This IKEA Commercial Was A Historic Turning Point

This classic IKEA ad from 1994 was groundbreaking for gay representation in advertising. It would be remiss of me not to include this important commercial on the list.

10. What Happens When Your Dad Sets You Up On A Tinder Date?

It's always nice to have your parents acceptance. However, even for gay guys, parents can get a little too close for comfort. This Vote Savvy ad portrays just that. But hey, they mean well, right?

Whether comedic, heartfelt, or provocative, these ten commercials have done wonders for gay male representation in advertising. It also reflects the representation of gay men around the world. From Israel to Taiwan to the UK, these commercials reflect the growing acceptance around the gay community. As far as I'm concerned, that's something to be celebrated.

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