With the May 12 announcement that NBC will follow up its live presentation of “Peter Pan” (previously seen on TV starring Mary Martin in 1960) with a production of “The Music Man” (which aired in a new TV adaptation starring Matthew Broderick and Kristin Chenoweth in 2003), Backstage looks back on other frequent musical visitors.
“Once Upon a Mattress” (1964, 1972, 2005)
The original Broadway production of “Once Upon a Mattress” made Carol Burnett an overnight star—and she reprised her performance as Winnifred the Woebegone for TV audiences twice, first in black and white in 1964, and then in living color in 1972 in a production that co-starred Bernadette Peters. And though Tracey Ullman took on Winnifred in the 2005 adaptation, Burnett was still on the scene playing the evil Queen Aggravain.
“Cinderella” (1957, 1965, 1997)
The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, which features classic songs such as “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible,” and “Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful?,” originally starred Julie Andrews. That version was thought lost for decades, paving the way for frequent repeat airings of a later,
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