It’s nice to know musicals, or those with featured musical components, will be front and center in a number of upcoming television series or shows for 2015. We’ve already seen the success of “Glee” that will air its final season starting in January. One in particular that comes to mind is the upcoming musical comedy series on ABC titled “Galavant.”
This medieval song and dance extravaganza premieres shortly after New Year’s Day on Sunday, Jan. 4 at 8 p.m. ET. The songwriting team of composer Alan Menken, best known for Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” and lyricist Glenn Slater, for the animated musical film “Tangled,” will provide the weekly song compositions.
Even non-competitive reality TV is now getting into the musical wave with its recent premiere of “Branson Famous” on TruTV. This is a behind-the-scenes look at the Mabe Family and their long-running variety show at Branson, Missouri. Branson is considered the non-Las Vegas of wholesome family entertainment.
A number of fascinating television musicals and music series are currently in development that’s worth looking into. NBC is the network behind the revival of live broadcast shows of musical theatre with the grand success of “Sound of Music Live!” and social media’s Twitter-trending “Peter Pan Live!” earlier in December. It was also the network responsible for the remarkable Broadway-esque “Smash” TV series. It took viewers on a journey into the machinations of putting together a Broadway musical.
If you love the eclectic music from the 1970s you will certainly want to tune in to “The 1970s.” This will be a 10-hour series on NBC that focuses on the artists and music executives responsible for this era of music starting out with rock and ending with disco.
“Robin Hood & Marian” seems like they are trying to capitalize on “Galavant.” This NBC musical series, slated for 10-hours, is set in the Middle Ages. Its focus is on the history of Robin Hood.
Here’s another take on the Shakespearean tale of “Romeo and Juliet” set as a musical mini-series. The FOX project will bring the play in contemporary times, much like the 1990s feature film of the same name starring an unknown Leonardo DiCaprio and Showtime’s “Homeland” star Claire Danes.
“Tuned” seems to be the most innovative of all the musical productions for any network, whether traditional, cable or premium. It will star Zachary Levi, formerly of NBC’s “Chuck.” This will be a musical comedy about a man who starts having hallucinations relating to music.