For a minute there, it seemed as though the live TV musical had fallen out of favor once again.
Beginning with NBC’s 2013 production of The Sound of Music Live!, we found ourselves in the midst of a minor craze as the networks (well, mostly NBC and Fox) gathered A-list casts to mount annual specials, bringing some of Broadway’s most beloved musicals to life on the small screen. But after a 2019 that saw Fox have to rely on Rent: Live’s taped dress rehearsal footage while ABC’s The Little Mermaid Live! made us wonder whether they really understood the assignment or not, it felt like a good time to press pause for a bit.
Of course, that all changes on Wednesday, Dec. 9, as NBC revives the genre somewhat for a special holiday production of Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch Musical starring Glee‘s Matthew Morrison as the titular green beasty. Pre-taped in London under strict COVID-19 protocols, the switcheroo left Morrison feeling slightly scared, he told Daily Pop‘s Justin Sylvester.