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Musicals on TV

Laura Bell Bundy and company in “Legally Blonde,” now playing on Broadway. A complete performance from New York City’s Palace Theatre will be broadcast at 1 p.m. Saturday on MTV. (Joan Marcus)
Julie Andrews starred in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella,” which was written for television and broadcast on CBS in 1957. (Photofest)
Comedian Carol Burnett starred as Princess Winnifred in a 1972 CBS production of “Once Upon a Mattress.” She originally played Princess Fred on Broadway and in a 1964 made-for-TV production, a role later taken on by Tracey Ullman for a 2005 ABC film version. (Los Angeles Times)
Nell Carter and Ken Page in a scene from “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” which NBC aired in 1982. The show, which had won a Tony as a Broadway production, won an Emmy Award for its television broadcast. (AP)
Stephen Sondheim musicals have become a perfect match for PBS. A 1986 production of “Sunday in the Park With George” starred Mandy Patinkin (foreground) and Bernadette Peters. (Martha Swope / Fred Nathan Public Relations)
A 10th anniversary costumed concert, “Les Miserables in Concert,” was broadcast on PBS’ “Great Performances” in 1996. (PBS)
Another PBS “Great Performances” production was “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!” in 2003. The show starred Josefina Gabrielle as Laurey and Hugh Jackman as Curly. (Simon Farrell)
“The Light in the Piazza” was broadcast on PBS in its “Live From Lincoln Center” series in 2006. It starred Victoria Clark, left, and Kelli O’Hara as mother and daughter. (Joan Marcus)
Mary Martin soared as Peter Pan in a live television production of Peter Pan” on NBC in March 1955. It was the first big Broadway hit moved intact to a television studio. (NBC)
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