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.

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  1. ChellemaBelle says:

    I saw the John Hughes show when Rumer Willis was in it. Phenomenal idea and was waiting to see it show up on Broadway, but think it would be even better as a live summer musical event.

    • Will says:

      I’ve seen a handful of their productions and thoroughly enjoyed it… although I did not like their newer location at DBA on SaMo Blvd… much preferred when they were in Los Feliz/Silverlake area (which is father from me than DBA); it just had a more intimate feel.

      Do they not even perform at DBA anymore? Looks abandoned almost..

  2. NC says:

    So is this ABC’s live musical event in the vein of NBC’s “Sound of Music”, “The Wiz”, etc and Fox’s “Grease” and “Rocky Horror”?

  3. Et al. says:

    I’m going to love this.

  4. B says:

    Looks good, and like I might need to head to Vegas for the Baz/Cirque show.

  5. LAwoman says:

    I saw the Tarantino show and it was really fun. I would love to see the Baz version in Vegas.

  6. Neal says:

    I have seen the Baz show twice in Vegas and it was absolutely wonderful and I plan to see it again this fall