ABC Developing For the Record Live Musicals Based on Iconic Soundtracks

When it comes to the growing live-musical genre, ABC is taking a decidedly cinematic approach.

The network is partnering with Dick Clark Productions to develop For the Record Live, which it describes as “a genre-bending production turning the soundtracks of iconic director’s films into thrilling immersive live entertainment events.” (You can see trailers for a pair of For the Record productions embedded below.)

Creators Shane Scheel and Anderson Davis launched For The Record in 2010 in a small bar in East Hollywood, mounting shows centered on the work of directors including Quentin Tarantino, John Hughes, Baz Luhrmann and Martin Scorsese. Their work has since been featured on Norwegian Cruise Line’s Escape (with a show that celebrating the soundtracks of ’80s Brat Pack films, pictured); led to a co-production with Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas; and has spawned a residency that begins later this month at the Las Vegas Palazzo Theatre exploring Luhrmann’s movie music. In the fall, For The Record will mount an L.A.-based tribute to Scorsese called “American Crime Requiem.”

For The Record Live is a first-of-its-kind live musical event made for ABC,” said network president Channing Dungey, in a release. “The show will be a game-changer for the genre, and the network is proud to partner with Dick Clark Productions and For The Record for this exciting experience.”

Does the concept behind For the Record Live strike your fancy? Which movie or director would you like to see tackled first? Sound off below!


FTR: Dear John Hughes – Official Trailer from FTR Live on Vimeo.

For The Record: Baz – Official Trailer from FTR Live on Vimeo.