AULI’I CRAVALHO in THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISNEY PRESENTS THE LITTLE MERMAID LIVE! (ABC/Eric McCandless)

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TV Musical Adaptations by Tomatometer

If we’ve learned anything from networks’ recent fixation on televised musicals, high ratings do not always equal standing ovations; in fact, only a handful of musical productions from the past few years received Fresh scores on Rotten Tomato’s Tomatometer: Fox’s Grease: Live! and NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live in ConcertThe Wiz Live!, and Hairspray Live! And no, the exclamation mark doesn’t make a difference — Fox’s A Christmas Story Live! and NBC’s Peter Pan Live! and The Sound of Music Live! are all on the Rotten end of this list.

ABC’s The Little Mermaid Live! continues the downward trend, unfortunately, joining Fox’s Rent below the Fresh threshold.

Check out where The Little Mermaid Live! lands among TV’s recent musicals, both live and taped (like Rocky Horror Picture Show and Dirty Dancing).

#12

Dirty Dancing (2017)
19%

#12
Adjusted Score: 19687%
Critics Consensus: Clever casting can't save Dirty Dancing, a hollow remake that trips over its own good intentions.
Synopsis: Spending the summer at a Catskills resort with her family, Frances "Baby" Houseman falls in love with the camp's dance... [More]
Directed By: Wayne Blair

#11
#11
Adjusted Score: 26208%
Critics Consensus: A strange hybrid that's more confusing than charming, The Little Mermaid Live! flounders under the weight of its own lofty ambitions.
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Starring: Queen Latifah
Directed By: Hamish Hamilton

#10

Rent Live (2019)
27%

#10
Adjusted Score: 27456%
Critics Consensus: Despite the show's earnest intentions, Rent Live's clumsy production and pre-recorded broadcast render it an underwhelming "live" musical event.
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Directed By: Alex Rudzinski

#9
Adjusted Score: 27800%
Critics Consensus: Laverne Cox's fabulous portrayal of Frank N. Furter leads a strong ensemble effort, but the stars can't infuse this reimagining with enough energy, creativity, and quirk to make TRHPS: Let's Do the Time Warp Again a worthwhile endeavor.
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Directed By: Kenny Ortega

#8
#8
Adjusted Score: 42124%
Critics Consensus: Overlong and perhaps a little too faithful, A Christmas Story Live! can't quite capture the holiday spirit of its source material.
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Directed By: Alex Rudzinski

#7
#7
Adjusted Score: 43059%
Critics Consensus: The Sound of Music is definitely there, but without the necessary feeling to make it feel truly alive.
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Starring: Carrie Underwood
Directed By: Rob Ashford

#6

Peter Pan Live! (2014)
56%

#6
Adjusted Score: 47473%
Critics Consensus: Allison Williams and company do their best, but no amount of clapping or pixie dust can keep Peter Pan Live! afloat.
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Directed By: Unknown Director

#5

The Passion (2016)
60%

#5
Adjusted Score: 20483%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
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Directed By: Unknown Director

#4

Hairspray Live! (2016)
76%

#4
Adjusted Score: 76707%
Critics Consensus: Hairspray Live! shimmers with outstanding performances, an engaging story, and songs that let its stars shine.
Synopsis: In 1960s Baltimore, a teenage dance-loving girl dreams of getting a spot on a popular television show.... [More]
Directed By: Kenny Leon, Alex Rudzinski

#3

The Wiz Live! (2015)
91%

#3
Adjusted Score: 90509%
Critics Consensus: The Wiz Live! is several notches above NBC's other musical broadcasts thanks to bold performances and large-scale production pieces.
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Directed By: Kenny Leon

#2

Grease: Live! (2016)
92%

#2
Adjusted Score: 92458%
Critics Consensus: Grease: Live took the pressure and threw away conventionality -- it belongs to yesterday. There was a chance that it could make it so far; we started believin' we can be who we are. Grease: Live is the word.
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Directed By: Thomas Kail

#1
Adjusted Score: 100843%
Critics Consensus: Shaking up traditional religious and musical iconography, Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert is a sight to be heard, superbly infiltrating the classic source material with originality, rock legend star power, and soulful depth.
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Directed By: David Leveaux


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