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NBC adds 'Music Man' to live production lineup

NBC adds 'Music Man' to live production lineup © AP NBC adds 'Music Man' to live production lineup

By Tony Maglio

NBC has a live production of "The Music Man" in the works -- the network's most-recent attempt to bring a stage musical to the small screen.

The order follows 2013's uber-successful "Sound of Music Live," which earned 19 million viewers. NBC had previously ordered a live version of "Peter Pan," which will air on Dec. 4.

Competitor FOX is also getting in on the stage-on-screen action, recently ordering a live TV adaptation of "Grease."

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The 1957 "Music Man" production follows a con man who comes to a Midwestern town with a scam using a boy's marching band program, but things don't go according to his plan. The stage show won five Tony awards.

The 1962 film adaptation, starring Robert Preston and Shirley Jones, won an Oscar for Best Music and was nominated for Best Picture. It won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture -- Musical.

In 2003, the production was remade as a TV movie starring Matthew Broderick, Kristin Chenoweth, Victor Garber and Molly Shannon. It was nominated for five Emmys.

NBC does not have an airdate yet for "The Music Man."

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