I don’t think anyone could ever question my love for The Sound of Music. I fell in love with the movie when I was just a little girl and have watched it religiously every year of my life since and sometimes multiple times a year. I know every single line in the movie by heart. I could re-record the album from memory. I watch it on my iPad on flights.
So when NBC announced they were reproducing this beloved classic in a live production starring Carrie Underwood, I was intrigued, but not overly excited. Like so many others I had my doubts they could pull it off. And Carrie as Maria? We know she’s got the voice chops but everything else was a huge stretch.
Then during Thanksgiving week NBC aired a 1-hour special “The Making Of” the live production. We got a look behind the scenes on how the show was coming together and saw how the actors were chosen. The kids were extremely talented.
I watched the full 3-hour live show. The good: The sets were gorgeous. The singing was fantastic. And pulling off a 3-hour live show like that is truly to be commended. (I even tweeted that!) The not-so-good: Honestly, I cringed through almost the whole show. I didn’t realize this live production was based on the play and not the movie I have memorized and cherished for decades. The songs were out of order. Not only did Carrie’s acting abililities leave a lot to be desired, I felt some of the other scenes were “over-acted”. It fell flat. I thought though, the Von Trapp children were fantastic! Ariane Rinehart who played Liesl is going to be a star!
It’s so exciting to see a network attempt something so daring as this and they actually succeeded in a big way. The show was nearly flawless and it was fun watching a LIVE show again. I give them huge kudos and props for pulling it off. I just wish it was closer to the movie version and they’d spent more time on acting lessons.