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NBC Wants To Do A Live Musical Version Of Broadway Hit Hamilton — But We'll Have To Wait HOW LONG To See It??

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With critical acclaim and unprecedented box office sales, Hamilton was the biggest broadway sensation of 2015!

And since the latest trend in network TV is broadcasting live performances of hit musicals, it seems like Lin-Manuel Miranda's smash hit would be the perfect choice to being put onto the small screen!

Interestingly enough, NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt is an investor in the biographical musical about the founding father.

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While he said he would "love" to film Hamilton at the network, the executive admitted we'll have to wait awhile until it gets to that point!

Speaking at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, he explained:

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The Next Live NBC Musical Is Hairspray!!!

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The Sound Of Music, Peter Pan, The Wiz, and now… Hairspray!

Fresh off of Mary J. Blige & Co.'s production of The Wiz LIVE! back in December, it's now confirmed that NBC's live stage show for 2016 will be Hairspray!

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will return as executive producers having worked on the previous three live events, and we're hoping they just continue to improve.

Related: Celebrities React To The Wiz LIVE

NBC head Robert Greenblatt announced the decision ahead of the TCA Press Tour on Wednesday, saying:

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Dirty Dancing Is Getting A Remake — Starring Chanel No. 5 Abigail Breslin!

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Nobody puts Chanel No. 5 in the corner!

Fresh off of the success of NBC's The Wiz Live! and with Grease Live! airing in January on FOX — it looks like ABC wants in on the Primetime musical craze.

That's because it was announced on Tuesday that Abigail Breslin has been cast as Jennifer Grey's lead character in a 2016 remake of Dirty Dancing!

Related: Celebs React To The Wiz Live!

While Disney's adaptation won't be live like Peter Pan Live!, The Sound of Music Live!, and the others, it will still be interesting to see who the House of Mouse casts in Patrick Swayze's part alongside the Oscar-nominated actress…

We have to say, we're surprised by this casting. Abigail seems like an odd choice to star in her very own musical, especially after her — let's say questionable — performance in Scream Queens!

Luckily, Adam Anders and Peer Åström from Glee will be writing the music, so at least that aspect of the 3-hour show will be tight.

Make sure to catch Abigail Breslin & Co. when Dirty Dancing not-Live airs in 2016 on ABC!

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The Cast Of Grease Live! Watched The Wiz Live! Together — The Pressure Is On Now!

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Nothing like a little friendly competition!

The cast of Grease Live!, which will be broadcast next month on FOX, all got together on Thursday night to watch NBC's broadcast of The Wiz Live! — and it looks like a great time!

Related: Celebs React To The Wiz Live!

Of course, NBC's telling of the classic tale was very well-received by television critics, which only set the bar even higher for the upcoming musical starring Julianne Hough!

Hough's co-star Carlos PenaVega shared a photo on Instagram (above) of Grease's cast having their watch party, captioning it:

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The Wiz Live Soared Above Peter Pan Live In The Ratings — But Neither Came Close To THIS TV Musical!

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Anna Kendrick wasn't the only one who tuned in to watch NBC's The Wiz Live!

Not only did the special starring Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige charm critics, but it KILLED in the ratings compared to last year's musical Peter Pan Live!

The Wiz averaged a 3.4 rating for adults 18-49 and 11.5 million viewers on Thursday night, while Peter Pan scored a 2.3 rating and 9.1 million viewers!

With The Wiz's talented cast — including the breakout performance of lead star Shanice Williams — we're not surprised people couldn't help but tune in!

Related: Twitter Questions The Whereabouts Of Toto

Neither broadcast came close to 2013's The Sound of Music Live starring Carrie Underwood! Broadcast TV's first live musical in years scored a 4.6 rating and a whopping 18.6 million viewers!

We'll see if Fox can take on that ratings benchmark when Grease: Live takes the stage on January 31!

What did YOU think of The Wiz Live?

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Anna Kendrick Had MANY Feelings While Live-Tweeting The Wiz Live — Read Her Rave Reviews!

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It's no secret that Anna Kendrick is the Queen of social media.

With irreverent musings and self deprecating anecdotes, the Pitch Perfect 2 star always manages to say exactly what's on our minds!

And Thursday night was no exception as the actress decided to live-tweet The Wiz Live! to express the rollercoaster of emotions she went through while watching the NBC broadcast!

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It helps that the 30-year-old is no stranger to musical theater considering she's a Tony-nominated stage actress — so she's got the expertise to back up her various Twitter claims, such as:

Anna's other thoughts on the musical included comparing Queen Latifah's hair to Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada, and using Common's costume as her inspiration for next year's Met Gala! LOLz!

Check out the rest of the actress' HIGHlarious thoughts about The Wiz Live! (below)!!!

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The Wiz Live! Was A Huge Success — But Did It Have Heart, Brains, AND Courage? See What Critics Thought HERE!

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All around, nicely done!

It may have had its share of sarcastic reactions on Twitter, but last night's The Wiz Live! generally lived up to — and probably even exceeded — expectations as far as theater on live TV is concerned!

Related: Celebs React To The Wiz Live!

Sure, Toto was missing after the first scene (not cool!), but besides that, the three-hour show was crisp, fun, and dazzling with some spectacular performances and an all-around strong, original version of the classic tale of Wizard Of Oz!

Found off an open casting call, Shanice Williams dazzled as Dorothy, and Entertainment Weekly thought she made the perfect main character:

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