From the creator of Desperate Housewives and Devious Maids comes a modern day Phantom of the Opera musical. Yes, Marc Cherry is making a Phantom TV show, and it could be the best-worst thing ever.
THR is reporting that ABC has ordered a script from Cherry asking for a Nashville-like series, which means there will be music, of course. But it will be modern! The series is allegedly taking place "in the sexy and cutthroat world of the modern-day music business." The drama-based show will be an hour long and penned by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner (who also worked on the Broadway show First Date, so that gives you some insight into the kind of music we'll be dealing with, maybe).
This could either be a total nightmare or the best thing ever created. Hopefully it will be both, with a dash of Smash. The Phantom musical is the most epic, wonderful, cheeseiest Broadway show — I hope they go full Broadway nerd for it. For example:
A dark, red cloud of smoke overtakes the stage. As if conjured by musical magic The Phantom appears dead center. He's wearing leather pants, a leather jacket, and his famous "bad boy" skull mask. He plugs in his guitar. The Masquerade Ball is over, this is The Phantom's show now. The Phantom looks into the massive audience and points directly at Christine Daaé, then hits his first chord. "Your chains are still mine, you'll sing for meeeeeeee!" Christine faints, The Phantom smiles.