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The Sound of Music LIVE

December 7, 2013 by Leanne

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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.

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The live production aired Thursday night and despite the artistic controversy the show gave NBC it’s biggest Thursday night (non-sports) since the finale of “E.R.” in 2009. (Via MediaPost.com)

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.

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3 Comments »

  1. Nanette says:

    I loved The Sound of Music. Fell in love with it when I was little. Now, I don’t watch it every year like you do but still it was great. I was out when I saw it on T.V. a while back and just cringed at it. I couldn’t watch it all. I wish they can stuck to the movie version too.

  2. I liked the live performance, but I have to say the original is still the best. Both of my boys now know all the songs, and sing a long with me!!

  3. Krista Swan says:

    It was a very impressive accomplishment, but yes – I was cringing, too! The nuns and the kids were fantastic.

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