Following successful shows of “The Sound of Music Live,” “Peter Pan Live,” and “Hairspray Live,” the peacock network turns next to the 1989 play by Aaron Sorkin. The play ran nearly 500 performances, closing in 1991. It was adapted into the 1992 film by Rob Reiner, earning four Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture.
Alec Baldwin joins the cast as Col. Nathan Jessep, the brash head of the military base in Guantanamo Bay. The role was made infamous by Jack Nicholson, who received an Academy Award nomination for his performance.
Baldwin is the first cast member announced. He has a long history with the network, having garnered seven Emmy nominations with three wins for his role in “30 Rock.” Last week, he was nominated for two more Emmys, Best Supporting Actor for “Saturday Night Live,” and Outstanding Reality Host for “Match Game.”
In addition to starring, Baldwin will also be an Executive Producer. He joins Aaron Sorkin, as well as “Peter Pan Live” and “Hairspray Live” producers Craig Zadan and Neil Merron.
The production will use Sorkin’s original script under the direction of Scott Ellis. Ellis has worked on a number of television series, from “Frasier” to “Weeds” to “Modern Family.” He was nominated for an Emmy in 2007 for the “30 Rock” episode, “The Break Up.”
The play will air on NBC sometime in the 17/18 television season.