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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After 'Extremely Wicked' And 'The Stranger Beside Me,' We Now Understand The Criminal Mind Of Ted Bundy

1 hour and 50 minutes, plus 550 pages later.


Netflix recently released a movie in May called "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile" (2019), based on the life of Ted Bundy from his girlfriend's viewpoint.

In 1980, an author and former Seattle police officer, Ann Rule, published a book about her experience and personal, close friendship with Ted Bundy, called "The Stranger Beside Me."

These two sources together create an explosion of important information we either skim over or ignore about Ted Bundy. Watching this movie and reading this book can really open your eyes to who Ted Bundy really was. Yeah, there are the confession tapes on Netflix, too, but these other things can really tie it all into one big masterpiece of destruction.

I swear, it will blow your mind in different ways you never thought possible.

In the movie, "Extremely Wicked", Zac Efron stars as the infamous Ted Bundy, America's most notorious serial killer. He portrayed the murderer who kidnapped, killed, and raped 30 women or more. Personally, he made a great Ted Bundy, mannerisms and all. Lily Collins stars as Ted's girlfriend who was easily manipulated by Ted and believed that he was innocent for years.

The movie is told in the order that Liz, Ted's girlfriend, remembers.

In the book, "The Stranger Beside Me", Ann Rule writes about Ted Bundy, who used to be her old friend. They met while working at a crisis center in the state of Washington and were close ever since. Like Liz, Ann believed he was innocent and that he was incapable of these horrific crimes.

Ted Bundy had made both Liz and Ann fools. He easily manipulated and lied to both women about many things for years, his murders being "one" of them.

Okay, so we all know that Ted Bundy was absolutely guilty as hell and totally murdered those women. 30 women or more. He literally confessed to that, but researchers and authorities believe that number to be way higher.

But... you must know that the movie and the book tell two different stories that lead to the same ending. That's why it's so intriguing.

At one point, I couldn't stop watching the movie. Then, I bought Ann Rule's book and was completely attached to it. I couldn't put it down.

For me, Ted Bundy is interesting to me. Unlike most young girls today, I don't have a thing for him nor do I think he's cute or hot. I know that he used his charm and looks to lure women into his murderous trap. That's why it's so hard to understand why this movie and book created a new generation of women "falling in love" with Ted Bundy.

GROSS: He sodomized women with objects. He bludgeoned women with objects or his own hands. He was a necrophile. Look those up if you have not a clue of what they mean. That could change your mind about your own feelings for Ted Bundy.

After "Extremely Wicked" and "The Stranger Beside Me", I now understand the criminal mind of Ted Bundy. He was insane, but he was also smart, put together, educated, charming, and lots more. That's why I'm so interested in why his brain was the way it was.

The criminal mind is an interesting topic for me anyway, but for Ted Bundy, it was amazing to learn about.

I highly recommend both the movie and the book I quickly read in two weeks! If you want answers, they are there.

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