The Sunday Giveaway: Two Tickets to The Trip to Bountiful on Broadway!

I wrestled the Sunday Giveaway back from my Associate Producer on Macbeth and this week I’ve got two tickets to The Trip to Bountiful on Broadway . . . starring Cicely Tyson, Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Vanessa Williams, not to mention Condola Rashad and Tom Wopat.  Man, I hope The Stephen Sondheim Theatre has enough big dressing rooms for all those big names.

One of you is gonna see all those biggies for freezies . . . and here’s how you enter.

A lot of people may now know this, but The Trip to Bountiful started out as a “television play” by Horton Foote that premiered way back on March 1, 1953!  It was seen on Broadway later that year, but achieved super sized success in 1985 when Horton adapted it for the big screen, producing it as well.

So we often talk about movies that should be made into Broadway musicals or plays or extravaganzicals.  But we rarely look at the small screen.

Comment below the name of a TV movie, or even a show itself that you think could make the jump to the stage like Bountiful.  Example?  The Karen Carpenter Story.  Hands down.  And, of course, The Golden Girls.

Hit those comments and one of you will win tickets to go on your own Trip to Bountiful!


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  • Reesa Graham says:

    Trip to Bountiful is one of my favorites! I love Horton Foote! I was super excited to see that they were re-mounting it!

  • Claudia says:

    After talking to friends last night about the original plot of ANYTHING GOES, I want to see Gilligan’s Island made into a musical! Think of the fun musical numbers for Ginger!

  • Tara says:

    I have to say… Downton Abbey would make a pretty interesting musical.

  • Billy-Christopher Maupin says:

    True Blood!!! 🙂

  • Robb J says:

    Smash would be too on the nose. I sort of want to see a musical of the Walking Dead. All singing all Shambling Zombies on stage

  • Brittany says:

    PARENTHOOD. A TV series based on a movie. Stage should be next! There’s even an episode where Lauren Graham’s character writes and premieres a play about her family. Foreshadowing!

  • Jakob W says:

    It’s not very well known, but the book – turned Hallmark mega-movie – ‘The 10th Kingdom’ would make a brilliant show. I’d argue for it to be a straight play rather than musical. Yes it’s quite long, but with revisions and such it could be just as successful for it’s few, yet brilliant mountings (Just like the full ‘Angels In America)

  • Randi says:

    Brothers and Sisters, which was a TV show would make a good play!

  • Chris says:

    I’ve been DYING for someone to adapt Evening Primrose for the stage. I’ve no idea how to make it happen, but it would be amazing.

  • Kathleen Hochberg says:


  • christine kromer says:

    I would agree with downtown abbey however little house on the prairie might be nice. actually I just want to see that amazing cast in trip to bountiful

  • Teri says:

    I think “Bewitched” would make a fun play.

  • Susan says:

    Mad Men the musical.

  • Karen Campbell says:

    “In Treatment” with Gabriel Byrne and Dianne Wiest

  • Aaron Deitsch says:

    What I wouldn’t give to see “The Big Bang Theory: The Musical”. The characters are all so larger than life that it would not be too much of a stretch for them to burst out in song. Plus wouldn’t it be great to hear “Soft Kitty” as a full-length song?

  • Jamie Luther says:

    What about Fran Drescher’s ‘The Nanny’ ?

    Or ‘Fawlty Towers’

    ‘Arrested Development’

    Something screwball & slightly ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ -esque

  • Morgan M says:

    Ally McBeal

  • Rebecca Black says:

    Sabrina the Teenage Witch! One of my favorites as a youngster. Would be a great musical!

  • Fran K says:

    it would have to be I Love Lucy!

  • Shane says:

    I’d have to second the call for Big Bang Theory if you could find a good show length plot for the characters.

    But if I’m not restricted to appealing to a US audience, I’d indulge the same tech geeks with a stage version of the Channel 4 series “The IT Crowd”.

  • Sierra says:

    How I Met Your Mother would be interesting. They’ve already had songs on the show so it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch for a musical. Not to mention how great it would be if NPH would play Barney.

  • Linda says:

    I don’t know if this counts, but I’d like to see any of the musicals-within-a-show on SMASH–Bombshell, Hit List, and Liaisons.

  • Sara says:

    The Short-lived tv show “Pushing Daisies” seems to have the perfect amount of magic and whimsy to make a really great stage musical. Plus when you have cast members like Ellen Greene and Kristen Chenoweth, how can you not fantasize about them breaking into song?!

  • miked says:

    A musical version of ‘The Bachelor’…

  • Laurie Bloom says:

    ALIAS! Edina Menzel would make a great booty kickin Sydney Bristow!

  • Lauren says:

    Hatfields and McCoys

  • Dinesh says:

    The perfect musical would be “Miss Congeniality” There is so much potential…

  • Bryan Austermann says:

    I would LOVE LOVE LOVE a Pushing Daisies musical. It would make my life complete.

  • John P. says:

    “The Waltons” — a very successful TV series about a young writer and the family he writes about during The Depression. I think this theme would make a great musical.

  • Laura K says:

    Bunheads with Sutton Foster…starring Sutton Foster!

    Also, Ladies #1 Detective Agency with Jill Scott. There is already a jazz element to it — just give it a Batswana vibe!

    As a different choice, there was a mini-series in the 80s about the first Olympics (in 1896, so not really the FIRST). It was very well done and would translate well to a musical and stage.

  • Sarah P. says:

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer, hands down…it already had a terrific musical episode, and Joss Whedon demonstrated with Dr. Horrible that he can more than write a good musical! 🙂

  • Liz Wollman says:

    “The Burning Bed.”

  • Alexis Marnel says:

    Frasier! The scripts were all written in as if they were short plays – and there are plenty of chances for musical numbers and the playfulness to have a full musical number about the oft mentioned but never seen Maris would be HYSTERICAL!

  • Tracey says:

    I’d love to see Friday Night Lights
    The Musical. You gotta love Coach Taylor
    and those first season Panthers. I can
    hear that big number now- “Clear eyes, full
    hearts, can’t lose”.

  • Michael Reed says:

    You stole my idea with Golden Girls, but I also think Weeds would make a hilarious/dark drama.

  • Christina T says:

    Full House would be awesome! So many memorable quotes that would be perfect in songs — Have Mercy, How Rude, You’ve Got it Dude!

  • Claire says:

    Parks and Recreation is my favorite TV show, and I think it would make a great musical. It’s uplifting and funny, and Amy Poehler can sing, so she could star in the musical!

  • Bert F says:

    Doctor Who – larger than life characters, fantastical stories and there is always the Tardis. Making the Tardis fly out over the audience would be great!!

  • LaSonya Thompson says:

    My Three Sons would definitely work with the right team.

  • Mister Ed. Singing and dancing horses, shouldn’t be too difficult.

  • Rosie says:

    I would love to see “My Sweet Charlie” on Broadway! Very interesting plot that takes place during the civil rights movement

  • Elena Muslar says:

    I too support Pushing Daisies as a musical.

    But I think an even more powerful and romantic play would be “Their Eyes Were Watching God.” It was a novel by Zora Neale Hurston turned TV movie that starred Halle Berry and Michael Ealy.

    This on Broadway would bring a lot more soul and romance!

  • Nancy Paris says:

    It was a novel before it was a TV miniseries,but I vote for The Thorn Birds.

  • Elliot says:

    Doctor Who, the musical

  • Meryl Federman says:

    “Princess Tutu” is (a horribly named animated show) about a fairy tale coming to life under the power of a long-dead undead author, who wants his now real-life characters to play him an epic tragedy. They now have to take up their destinies but try and subvert the cruel endings of their stories. It has “musical” written all over it, and a magical fantasy/epic tone. Beautiful, scary, and gripping.

  • Jim M. says:

    I’d love an epic stage version of Roots, but I’m all for a full day theatrical experience.

  • EllenFD says:

    ROOTS–the Alex Hailey miniseries changed TV viewing habits forever. I think it could be made into a successful sung-through piece in almost operatic terms, as the story of generations has the requisite sweep and range of history.

  • Gosh do I adore Cicely Tyson.

    All the more reason to suggest the musicalization of an old favorite television movie of mine, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.

  • Nancy C. says:

    “Mother Love,” a British 3 parter, starring Diana Rigg as a vengeful psychotic, would make a great Broadway play, or possibly a musical
    a la “Sweeny Todd.”

  • Alexa says:

    Cheers, set in an actual bar with drinks for the audience.

  • Arthur R says:

    Where’s Poppa – the Musical!

  • Sophie says:

    “That Certain Summer”

  • Justin Dormady says:

    Seinfeld – I think it would be a great broadway show! Having Jerry, Elaine, Kramer, George and Newman on the same stage would be hysterical. Thanks for the weekly contests! Huge fan!

  • Scott says:

    “The Girl Most Likely To”—had starred Stockard Channing–written by Joan Rivers.
    I had heard some team was turning it into a musical–not sure what happend to it tho

  • Jen Sandler says:

    The TV movie “The Color of Friendship” that appeared on Disney about a South African girl coming to live with the Dellums family in the 1970’s in the brink of segregation would be a beautiful play or musical. It is even based on a true story!

  • Margie says:

    House of Cards — the number that would bring down the house would be a song called “GREED” or maybe, “GREED AND DECEPTION”

  • Rick Reynolds says:

    The Diana Rigg vehicle from the early 1970’s: “In This House of Brede,” about Benedictine nuns. Excellent story.

  • Kerry says:

    Would love to see mad men!!!

  • Susan says:

    “Seinfeld, The Musical” no question!!

  • Alan B. says:

    The Sopranos

  • Elizabeth Parra says:

    I have to say “Ugly Betty” would make a great comedic play and it’s also a very inspiring story!

  • Sue says:

    The Brady Bunch

    Well, it’s the first thing that came to mind anyway.

  • Brandon says:

    Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, definitely. Or since Douglas Carter Beane has already snagged that one, I’d settle for the 2009 Sigourney Weaver made-for-TV movie “Prayers for Bobby.”

  • Cheryl Dzubak says:

    The Adams Family was already on Broadway so how about The Munsters?

  • Cara says:

    Wow some awesome ideas here! I loved “Pushing Daises” I don’t know many people who know what it is. And “Buffy..” Was definitely one of my first thoughts. But I think I’m going to have to say “Switched at Birth.” Switched is an ABC Family show about two girls who were switched at birth (duh!) Two very different families – one of the girls is deaf. The show is very inspiring and very nicely explores many stereotypes of race, economic status, an also the deaf community.

  • Larry Rosen says:

    Sybil would make an interesting play, particularly if it didn’t try to tell the whole story.

  • Nanda Douglas says:

    Pushing Daisies, cute and fun. And the opportunity for a lot of actors to be a part of it.

  • Tony p says:

    North and South would be a sweeping civil war show!

  • Tony p says:

    Oh! And that delightful “Mrs. Claus” that starred Angela Lansberry!

    • Patrick Neitz says:

      In 1973, Stephen Sondheim and Anthony Perkins wrote a non-musical murder mystery called The Last of Sheila. It would make a great musical. Seems like Sondheim wouldn’t have to work too hard to add a few songs!

  • brian says:

    Dexter with Michael c hall still as the lead.

  • DELIA Torres says:

    Well I have for the older crowd and one for the 20 somethings…Billy Crystal’s SOAP, as a musical…and America Ferrara’ s REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES.

  • Linda Hofmann says:

    law and order

  • Rick Shulman says:

    I have two in mind: Evening Primrose (which I think is a no-brainer) or maybe The Partridge Family (another jukebox musical).

  • Lisa Peterson says:

    The avengers of course and I mean Emma peele and John steed ala Diana rigg not the superheroes! Another great musical would be the Thomas Crown Affair.

  • Aaron L. says:

    I would say

    1) Will and Grace
    2) Scandal
    3) The Cosby Show – Nobody dies in an all black musical!!! lol

  • Tim Realbuto says:

    ‘Boy Meets World’ the musical!!!

  • Norma says:

    Welcome Back Kotter…the Musical!

  • Natalie Randall says:

    The TV movie “The American Dream” based on the life of Michael Jackson! I think it could mostly focus on the Jackson 5 and the family….the Second act could branch off into more of just Michael!

  • Rachel E says:

    Freaks and Geeks the musical…maybe it would finally be appreciated!

  • Evening Shade
    Twin Peaks

  • Fatima says:

    Veronica Mars the Musical!

  • Jeff says:

    I know we have mormon – but I think the team behind South Park could EASILY come up with SOUTH PARK THE MUSICAL. and it would be a BIG hit that would bring in your non typical theater goers.

  • Brian says:

    I agree That Certain Summer would be terrific. Andre’s Mother would also work well. For campy fun I think Bad Ronald starring Josh Gad would be terrific.

  • “Home Shopping Club: The Musical” where every performance is streamed live on the internet and cable TV.

    The product placement fees will go through the roof, and the merch in the lobby will fly off the tables as after every performance live audience members get to buy the costumes the actors wore that day.

    The plot is that the North Korean dictator King John Un is holding the Quacker Factory sales force hostage and unless sales reach a certain number (to be determined by a focus group ahead of time) he is going to nuke the theater and force the #1 Quacker to become his bride.

    King Jong Un is played by that Asian actor on “The Mentalist” who never smiles, the rest of the cast to be determined at a later date.

  • Duncan says:

    Tori Spelling’s “Co-Ed Call Girl”

  • Ed says:

    The Thorn Birds. It’s just too bad that Richard Chamberlain and Rachel Ward can’t still play Ralph de Bricassart and Meggie.

  • Nydia Simone says:

    How about “The Fresh Prince if Bel-Air”?! It has mainstream appeal. It could totally be a family show. The set would be in a home so it’s not too crazy to build, and it would be awesome to bring the 80’s-90’s fashion and culture to a broadway stage!

  • lonnie cooper says:

    Monday Night Football, The musical




  • burt says:

    VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA—costumed fish with adorable ts elliot names like “gills” -the theater fish and “skimblesharks” –the port fish; singing songs like “invitation to the jellyfish ball” and the show stopper “manatees.”

  • Hubert H says:

    Ugly Betty screams to be made into a musical. Or American Dreams (if people can remember that show).

  • K C Turner says:

    The Mary Tyler Moore Show. It would have “spunk”

  • says:

    Zoobilee Zoo, the best TV show ever. While it was already a musical, it would be great to see the dancing, singing zoo animals for a full-length piece. Also, it starred Ben Vereen, so it’s practically already got a Tony.

  • Michael M says:

    I have two: First, “Bewitched” — it would provide ample opportunity for some pretty terrific special effects and a fantastic supporting cast, with today’s analogs for Paul Lynde and Agnes Moorehead, among others.

    Second, probably years from now, “Modern Family”, though it’s a toss-up as to whether Gloria, Lily or Luke should have the eleven o’clock number (Cam would just be too, too obvious – though the first act could close with his rendition of Rose’s Turn in a non-traditionally-cast community theater production of u-know-what).

  • Marybeth says:

    Firefly the Musical. Just imagine space cowboys singing and Whedon fangirls and fanboys flocking to the box office.

  • Michael says:

    Saved By The Bell: The Musical. So many amazing musical numbers in that show. Not to mention there were various incarnations of a band.

  • Amanda says:

    Awhile back, MTV did an adaptation of a famous opera – CARMEN – as “Carmen the Hip Hopera” starring Beyonce and Mekhai Phifer. What a strange musical that would be. What big box office dollars it would make if you could cast two people in it like Beyonce and Mekhai.

  • Samantha says:

    So, I adore (literally adore) “The Nanny”, and I wish I could see the whole story in one evening on stage. The show is witty and vibrate! Fran Fine is a shameless, hilarious, loving, nurturing,and human character with fabulous hair who I would love to see on stage. I can’t get enough of her, and wish that I could be her friend. I think with the right episodes combined into a complete story the show would be a famously good time.

    P.S, I am a student who, after reading this blog post, was having a minor “why don’t I know what that is! Should I know what that is?” type moment. I was unaware that extravaganzicals were a thing. I wonder if “The Nanny” could be an Extravaganzical? Maybe with her dresses and hair alone, yes. Anyway, I felt compelled to look it up, and now I know a good deal more about Broadway in the 1800’s and a show called “The Magic Deer”… I learn something awesome every time I read your blog, Thank you!

    • Samantha says:

      I am going to shamelessly admit that I was too excited to respond to this Sunday’s post, and there are a few spelling and grammar errors in my comment. But I still stand by “The Nanny”, A witty and vibrant show that I would love to see one Broadway.

  • Melissa N. says:

    Top of the Lake would make a great stage play (with Elisabeth Moss starring of course). I would also be very interested in a stage play of Band of Brothers or Alex Haley’s Queen.

  • Patrick says:

    I went really back and forth on this one about whether I thought BOY MEETS WORLD would be good. I said yes, then no, then yes again. In the end, yes I think Boy Meets World would make a great audience.

  • How about the early 90’s ABC show Dinosaurs. “Not the mama!”

  • Monica says:

    The Nanny;
    Downton Abbey;

  • Rick Hinkson says:


  • Mary says:

    Bewithched (from my childhood)and Shameless (one of my current favs from SHO)

  • Queerbec says:

    “Love Among the Ruins” the Kate Hepburn/Laurence Olivier teleflic, perhaps with Betty Buckley and Len Cariou

  • David says:

    Happy Days . . . wait, was that already done?

  • Luke says:

    Perhaps Tiger Cruise (a made for TV film about a bunch of kids on an USA Aircraft carrier when 9/11 hit).

  • John Dallal says:

    I loved ‘The Waltons’ & one of my favorite episodes,
    which I think could transition quite nicely
    to stage,was ‘The Pony Cart’,for which Beaula Bondi
    won an emmy,portraying an elderly family member
    who comes home to die,warmly touching the hearts of
    the family before she does.

  • Scott E. says:

    Charlies Angels… totally camp fun!

  • Preston G. says:

    BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER!!!! They already had a musical episode, but a broader musical would be phenominal! Joss Whedon is a genius!

  • eva says:

    I agree with Pushing Daisies and was excited to see someone bring up SOAP. but my favorite is still “THE DAYS AND NIGHTS OF MOLLY DODD” Blair Brown, Victor Garber and Nathan Lane can certainly sing and they even had musical numbers.

  • Jared says:

    I think Mad Men would make a riveting play. That material is so character/actor focused that it would translate so easily. You couldn’t have as many subplots but it would still be awesome!

  • Rodney Ingram says:

    Frasier: The Musical
    Kelsey Grammer back on Broadway.

  • Andy Monroe says:

    Okay, this is an odd choice, and you’d have to be my age to remember this TV movie, but I’d vote for JAMES AT 15. Or maybe the TV movie BRIAN’S SONG (it even SOUNDS like a musical, doesn’t it?). How about the TV movie DOING TIME ON MAPLE DRIVE?

  • How about “Two and a Half Men, The Musical”? We could extend the drama with the “issues” the show had with Charlie Sheen and cast changes. Lots of drama! I think this would be hilarious. Or— how about “Live with Kelly and Michael”? A talk show could make a great musical too.

  • Caitlin C says:

    Downton Abbey!

    Maybe we’d even get Dan Stevens back involved since he seems to have grown so fond of NYC 🙂

  • Laura L. says:

    Two words: Baywatch.

    Wheel of Fortune

  • Shannon D. says:

    Sooooo many great ideas already mentioned!!!
    The First thing I thought of was “Roots”
    But as far as tv shows, my Favorites growing up were “Family Ties” – “Growing Pains” – and “Who’s The Boss?”
    With “Family Ties” Alex could be running for a School Election and Malory could of course be having love problems with Nick and she could learn what SCUBA means… Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus — Please tell me you remember that episode?! LOL 🙂
    p.s. There was a “GOLDEN GIRLS” Musical Off-Off Broadway a few years back and was HYSTERICAL!

  • ECP says:

    Nice to see some telecasts from the 60s and 70s remembered fondly.

    All hail TAXI! Lotsa fun among a diverse group of struggling NYC cabbies.

    Enlist VERNA, USO GIRL. I think I fall a little in love with Sissy Spacek whenever I spend time with one of the striving characters she portrays. This late 70s teleplay, adapted from a Paul Gallico short story, charmed when broadcast as part of the Theater in America series. Wonderful ops for today’s talented performers to step into roles played beautifully by Spacek, William Hurt, Sally Kellerman, and Howard Da Silva.

  • Ed Ertle says:

    The original daytime drama “Dark Shadows” (1966-71) inspired 2 feature films at the time, a prime-time revival series in the 90’s, and Tim Burton’s movie last year. The occult hasn’t been explored enough on Broadway, and vampires, time-travel, and melodrama would provide enough fuel for at least one show, if not a trilogy! A cult musical for the masses, if there ever was one!

  • Ging S. says:

    Instead of having TV sitcoms turn into musicals, how about a Broadway production of Law and Order or CSI? A hardhitting drama with language so raw and real that it can’t be shown on the small screen.

  • Ryan McCurdy says:

    Freaks and Geeks.

    As adapted for the stage by Joss Whedon & Judd Apatow in their theatrical debuts.

  • Cameron K says:

    Bewitched would make a great broadway show.

  • Paula says:

    Many bios are being done on Broadway and Off.
    What about — pick one –Perry Como, Dean Martin,or
    a duo–Jack and Mary with George and Gracie?
    There’s also I Dream of Jeanie. And going way back in
    TV history, we had The Goldbergs. That show pulled
    neighbors together to watch the one TV on the block.

  • Rob Cote says:

    Frasier with the original cast! So many of them have been on Broadway.

  • Paula says:

    Let’s have some laughter with Archie Bunker and All
    in the Family.

  • Blanca says:

    Isn’t it obvious? Motown: The Musical is already a great success. A musical based on the life and career of Michael Jackson would be ideal! There’s already a show in the U.K. based on the Thriller album and we’ve already seen MJ Immortal and soon there will debut MJ One show in Vegas. Why not Bad: The King of Pop?

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