Seventy-six trombones will take the stage in a live NBC production of the hit Broadway musical "The Music Man."
Last year, the network earned record ratings for "The Sound of Music Live!," which starred Carrie Underwood. Earlier this year, NBC announced it would air a live "Peter Pan" musical production this December. On Monday, May 11, the network's entertainment chairman, Bob Greenblatt, announced during the network's upfront presentation that a live rendition of "The Music Man" is also in the works, according to Time magazine. TV Line reported that it is set to air in 2015.
"The Music Man" is about a con man who arrives in River City and wants to swindle its residents into paying for instruments and equipment to start a marching band. Memorable songs include "Ya Got Trouble," "Seventy-Six Trombones" and "The Wells Fargo Wagon." In 1993, FOX's "The Simpsons" spoofed elements from "The Music Man" in an episode titled "Marge vs. the Monorail."
"The Music Man" first ran on Broadway in 1957 and won six Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Actor for Robert Preston, who played main character Harold Hill. He reprised the role in a 1962 movie adaptation. Dick Van Dyke played the part in a 1980 Broadway revival, and Craig Bierko portrayed the role in a 2000 production. Also, in 2003, ABC aired a pre-taped TV adaptation of the musical starring Matthew Broderick, Kristin Chenoweth, Molly Shannon and Victor Garber.
NBC's "Music Man" reveal also follows FOX's late April announcement of plans to broadcast "Grease Live!" in 2015.
Watch a clip from the 1962 movie "The Music Man" below.