A wave of trepidation slowly overcame the audience of the Met's December 4th performance of Die Fledermaus, as people opened their playbills and read the insert that said Mireille Asselin would be on for Lucy Crowe, who was ill, in the pivotal role of Adele. Fortunately, the immensely charming Asselin displayed no signs of nervousness at having to command the gargantuan Met stage. She has a beautiful voice that suits Adele nicely. It should be noted that a cover being a highlight of the evening is not unlike a chambermaid becoming the sensation of the New Year's Eve party at the center of the story.
With The Wiz Live! being both a critical and ratings success, it seems inevitable that the tradition of the airing a live musical will continue next year. The Sound of Music was a good production of a great musical, Peter Pan was a so-so production of a so-so musical, The Wiz was a great production of a good musical. So what musical should NBC do next? Given the stipulations that whatever musical is chosen, it has to be family friendly and have recognizable songs, there aren't really that many to chose from. Here are some musicals I think could work: