Sunday, June 16, 2024

NBC Decides Live Naked Hippie Musical “Hair” Isn’t for Them, No Longer Mentions JLo “Bye Bye Birdie,” Aiming for Family Fare Now


NBC has cancelled its live musical, “Hair.” Apparently no one told them it was about hippies, and naked ones at that. It was supposed to air live on May 19th against “Game of Thrones,” which is “Hair” without music.


NBC’s last musical was “Jesus Christ Superstar,” from April 2018. Now they have nothing in the hopper. They were supposed to do “Bye Bye Birdie” with Jennifer Lopez until someone told them JLO doesn’t actually sing live. So they said it was postponed, and now they don’t talk about it anymore.

Part of the reason for killing “Hair” may be the low ratings and botched production on Fox of “Rent,” which modeled itself on “Hair” for a new generation.

Now NBC wants family fare. They can’t do Disney musicals, because they’re owned by ABC. They can’t do “Hello, Dolly!” unless they deliver gold bricks to producer Scott Rudin. They should do “Sweeney Todd” with Andy Lack in the title role, and Megyn Kelly as Mrs. Lovett.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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