The Sound Of Music Live – In The End You Must Tip Your Hats.

The Sound Of Music Live – In The End You Must Tip Your Hats.

There are all kind of reviews going up over the internet today, concerning last nights NBC show, The Sound of Music Live. It had, after all quite a build up to it. Not that is was solely the networks doing either, everyone was talking about it for several different reasons. The biggest of them all it seems, was that fact that anyone, including NBC, would dare touch the classic work at all. Fans of the 60’s film even went as far as to send hate filled messages to the star of the show, Carrie Underwood. Just to point out, this was the stage production and not the film version.

Then there was the idea of the entire show being televised “live”. Needless to say it generated alot of interest and questions, which was probably the ultimate goal anyway. It seems to have worked, an impressive 18.5 million people, tuned in to watch the first live musical on TV in over 50 years, which boosted the networks ratings.

The constant from the shows beginning, was the unexpected strain the whole process seemed to place on you, knowing two big facts; Underwood is not an actress and this thing is freaking ‘live”! It was hard to not look for mistakes. Did she just look at the camera? I think he is looking at the cue cards to remember his lines. Was that planned? It got to the point at times, especially when the cast would move from one scene to another (rather seamlessly I might add), while still singing, that you felt like yelling “Ok, lets take a break for a minute”.

Carrie Underwood as Maria, Stephen Moyer as Captain Von Trapp -- (Photo by: Will Hart/NBC)

Carrie Underwood as Maria, Stephen Moyer as Captain Von Trapp — (Photo by: Will Hart/NBC)

Even though at the shows start, the less than perfect acting skills of its lead were front and center, things turned around quickly once the singing started. No one in their right mind would question the ability of Carrie Underwood, when it comes to belting out a song. Here it was the same, although the tempo and style of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical is strictly for “Stage”, the Country star sang beautifully. The only sad point would be that she sounded and felt more like the Maria von Trapp we expected during song, than when she spoke her lines.

The cast as a whole performed each of the shows songs very well, considering the massive scale of the endevour, not to mention the pressure of not wanting to screw up with 18 million people watching. Imagine the YouTube videos that would come of that.

Audra McDonald reminded us in just the first three words of her rendition of “Climb Every Mountain”, that she is not new to stage or singing. There was an ample amount of goosebumps during her performance.

In the end what do we think? For critics, it may feel like a gold mine of opportunities to pick it all apart from several different angles. Those not used to watching a musical or stage production, may have found it boring and tiresome. The other networks? Well they’ll have their reasons for giving it a kick as well. Still, one thing must be agreed to by all; they did it, Live.

Pictured: (l-r) Michael Nigro as Friedrich, Ariane Rinehart as Liesl, Peyton Ella as Gretl, Joe West as Kurt, Grace Grundhaug as Marta, Sophia Ann Caruso as Brigitta, Christian Borle as Max Detweiler, Ella Watts-Gorman as Louisa -- (Photo by: Will Hart/NBC)

Pictured: (l-r) Michael Nigro as Friedrich, Ariane Rinehart as Liesl, Peyton Ella as Gretl, Joe West as Kurt, Grace Grundhaug as Marta, Sophia Ann Caruso as Brigitta, Christian Borle as Max Detweiler, Ella Watts-Gorman as Louisa — (Photo by: Will Hart/NBC)

There are a few things we do give a thumbs up to. First, the scenery was impressive and as believable as it can be in this setting, without requiring a lot of imagination. Secondly, the movement between sets, was as we’ve said, seemless. When you think about that from both the standpoint of the actors and crew, you have to give due praise. Can you find fault with the cast of children? We don’t. Stephen Moyer, Laura Benanti and Christian Borle helped carry key scenes and demonstrated their experience on the stage. Outside of that, yes there were some mistakes, but not worthy to chew on. To be honest, you found yourself biting your nails and cheering them on, when they made it through to a commercial. In other words, it was kind of fun.

Carrie Underwood as Maria -- (Photo by: Will Hart/NBC)

Carrie Underwood as Maria — (Photo by: Will Hart/NBC)

This will probably not become a new way of doing things on network television, at least we don’t think it will. Having thought musicals as a whole were a thing of the past for the general public, shows like Glee and motion pictures like Les Miserable are saying otherwise. Do we need it live though, is the real question. Time will tell. For now, we tip our hats to NBC and the cast and crew of last nights production – you did it and in the scope of things, quite well.

By: W.Andres – Editor In Chief

Photos: ©NBC Universal All Rights Resereved.

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