The Sound of Music Live – Review and Discussion Post

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Will you be watching the NBC LIVE production of The Sound of Music tonight? It stars Carrie Underwood as Maria and Stephen Moyer as Captain Von Trapp. It also stars Audra McDonaldLaura BenantiChristian BorleAriane RinehartMichael Campanyo.

The 3 hour production, based on the 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical (NOT the beloved movie, starring Julie Andrews) will be performed completely LIVE on a soundstage. Anything could happen! And might.

Windmills will be back later with a review. In the meantime, chat amongst yourselves, and enjoy.

Snapshot review: Well, I was entertained. Sure, there were clunky moments (some of which reveal how the film improved on the stage production, others that may have been the by-product of time limits, and others still that the film couldn’t solve either) and the pacing and flow weren’t always ideal (more on this later).

Audra McDonald was transcendent, not only as a singer, but simply as a presence. Christian Borle saved what I thought were some saggy scenes in the middle hour (his entrance injected some needed levity at the time), and he and Laura Benanti (especially Benanti) had one of the production’s finest moments during “No Way To Stop It.” Stephen Moyer, who came through with a nice assist on “No Way To Stop It,” probably had his best moment when the kids singing “The Sound Of Music” hit him. Though at times I thought he played too big for the cameras, I was genuinely moved by the way he played his revelatory sequence. He also seemed to loosen up (in a good way) when he sang, and I thought he wooed Maria charmingly. I found myself wishing there was a little more time in the middle hour to develop the family’s connection, to really bring home the idea that Captain von Trapp was a changed father.

As for Ms. Underwood, her singing was absolutely wonderful. Her delivery & diction left something to be desired in dialogue-heavy scenes, but for me, there was an overall innocence and purity to Carrie’s presence that made me feel kindly towards Maria (though I also felt at times that Maria was too passive – true, perhaps, but not super-satisfying in this day & age). The improvement in Carrie’s overall performance when she was singing was apparent, and she really did a terrific job during her musical numbers.

More to come…

  • Matthew Richards

    So excited! :)

  • Amy Beth

    In the supporting cast, Michael Park spent years as Jack Snyder on As the World Turns and starred in Smokey Joe’s Cafe.

    And Jessica Molaskey is a jazz singer married to someone I know in real life–John Pizzarelli.

    ETA: John instagrammed a picture of the nuns and joked it was from his wedding.

  • Bonnie DeMoss

    The music is so loud it’s interfering with all the singers.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Yeah, they could tone down the track a bit.

  • connie0128

    I’ve done the play several times (as a nun). Love it. So far it looks and sounds great!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Audra and the nuns are great!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Ah, OK. Now the “night time” lighting when Carrie sang the SoM made sense.

  • Bonnie DeMoss

    Oh Carrie sounds perfect on Favorite Things.

  • Bentley1530

    Some fabulous voices

  • LJ

    Carrie sounds great and is doing good so far.

  • Bentley1530

    Audra is giving me goosebumps.

  • pmreyn2010

    Carrie’s acting so far is ‘okay’… not good, not bad. Her voice, however… sounds amazing as always. Audra’s doing great!

  • jobeob987

    Carrie is bringing a genuine sense of innocence and believability to the role of Maria. She sounds great too. They all do.

  • Bentley1530

    Yeah the acting is a little lacking but she is handling these Broadway tunes just fine. Hopefully she will relax into the performance now that the first scenes have gone so well.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Yeah, so far Carrie’s acting is passable, but she’s pretty stiff.

  • keware

    I’m loving this so far. Carrie’s voice and believability by far make up for any weakness in her acting. She’s perfect for this role.

  • Sassycatz

    She’s stiff but hopefully she’ll relax. The singing is good. It just goes to show you how much work it takes and how much talent those Hollywood actors had who could sing, dance, and act very seamlessly. It takes years of training to pull it together.

  • Amy Beth

    The whistle!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Is Stephen Moyer British or is he putting on this accent?

  • supersonic

    My sister is a huge fan of John Pizzarelli. She plays his Christmas album all the time (as in even when it’s not Christmas).

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I think that Freidrich is the understudy. He’s not the same boy as was in the behind the scenes show.

  • connie0128

    I think his acting is worse than Carrie’s. The music is marvelous. Nice sets.

  • Matthew

    I’m afraid critics fears about Carries acting skills are already mmaterializing. She does have a beautiful voice

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Yeah, I’m not impressed with Stephen Moyer so far.

  • Matthew Richards

    These children are wonderful.

  • Sassycatz

    The kids are excellent.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I bet that the original Friedrich’s voice changed, so they had to go with the understudy.

  • supersonic

    Carrie’s not really great at this acting thing.

  • Bonnie DeMoss

    I think she’s doing great.

  • pmreyn2010

    Carrie seems SO NATURAL when singing! Her smiles, laughing, personality… it all comes out in the songs!

  • Sassycatz

    When Carrie sings, her acting improves. She emotes more naturally. See. That’s because she has some practice at that!

  • Amy Beth

    John was the singing counselor at the camp I attended and then worked at. He wrote all the color war songs!

  • Bonnie DeMoss

    Disagree. Remember, this is live! And she’s doing amazing.

  • Bonnie DeMoss

    The dancing and all the moves live is very difficult. She’s doing great

  • Matthew Richards

    I think she’s getting better as it goes along. She’s green, but I’m impressed so far even if she’s not Jennifer Hudson.

  • pmreyn2010

    Wow… she kept her voice STRONG throughout that song! (Even with the skipping, dancing & running!) Nicely done!

  • Bonnie DeMoss

    Amazing high note at the end too.

  • supersonic

    Well, Jennifer Hudson isn’t that great, either. She got that Oscar for singing.

  • Matthew

    What does live have to do with acting quality

  • lola

    I hope that if the show is successful she will thank American Idol (in interviews). She wouldn’t be doing this in a million years if it was not for Idol.

  • Bonnie DeMoss

    Because there’s no retakes as you would have in a movie. What she’s doing with all the acting, singing, and dancing live is truly amazing. She’s doing great.

  • J3$$!C@

    this is going pretty much like expected. Her voice is brilliant. Her acting is bad.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    It’s really not, considering that Broadway actors routinely perform live on a daily basis. It’s only noteworthy in Carrie’s case because she’s so inexperienced at both acting and musical theater. Her acting so far is passable and her singing is good, but pales by comparison with legit musical theatre vets.

  • Bonnie DeMoss

    Rolf isn’t a very good singer.

  • Sassycatz

    Those shorts are killing me.

  • Bonnie DeMoss

    LOL. You are right.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Liesl is very good. Rolf is fine, but nothing special.

  • Amy Beth

    Could have been worse. Think lederhosen.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I was thinking exactly that! lol

  • usedtobelucy

    And she probably relaxes. Being physically relaxed is a huge huge key to acting convincingly. I expect when she’s not singing she tenses up a bit and her body can’t let the right emotion through. Then when she sings, she’s comfortable, she lets go, and it’s all good. …. This is a tough gig for a non-actor. It’s very stagy, and NO SECOND TAKES. I admire her guts for doing it.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    These kids are good actors/actresses.

  • Amy Beth

    So I guess there’s no puppet show in the play!

  • Bonnie DeMoss

    Yodeling isn’t easy. She does a very good job.

  • Bonnie DeMoss

    Nope.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I miss the puppet show. lol

  • Bonnie DeMoss

    Yep and in the movie they sing Favorite Things during the Thunderstorm

  • supersonic

    Meh. I’m not impressed.

  • Amy Beth

    An hour in and no Max or Elsa yet.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Carrie’s acting is definitely better when she’s singing.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I know. I’m really looking forward to seeing Christian Borle.

  • Amy Beth

    She needs to do opera then. It’s all sing-acting!

  • roarpen

    No offence to Carrie or anyone in the cast, but why even remake The Sound of Music? It’s kind of like remaking The Rocky Horror Picture Show – although vastly different movies – lol. Nothing will ever measure up to the classic.

  • scoobynacks

    The song order is throwing me a bit but that’s on me for having not seen the stage show. Her acting’s not great but it doesn’t distract me (except for the fudging of the high note in The Lonely Goatherd where she yelled ‘wee!’ or something). The sound mixing is more of an issue because not everybody’s voice is coming through evenly. You know they rehearsed the tech stuff so I don’t get why it’s a problem.

  • Bonnie DeMoss

    There have been many many productions of the Sound of Music play. This is the live play. This is not a “remake” of the movie.

  • HermeticallySealed

    It was a stage production first, not a movie, so they aren’t remaking anything.

  • Bonnie DeMoss

    I didn’t hear the fudging of the note in lonely Goatherd.

  • jcabby

    I am falling in love with this musical all over again. Love Carrie’s singing.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Boy, Stephen Moyer is really disappointing me in playing this role.

  • Niall

    Carrie probably won’t win any acting awards but she’s in amazing voice tonight and emotes/acts very well through song. She’s a perfectly fine Maria. I think it’s incredibly cool so many people, especially kids, are being exposed to a musical. Kudos to the cast. I’m enjoying this immensely.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Yay! Christian Borle! lol

  • Bonnie DeMoss

    He’s great

  • http://mjsbigblog.staging.wpengine.com/ mjsbigblog

    I can’t believe this subject continues to come up! It’s a telecast of the stage musical. Not a “remake” of anything. :).

  • fuzzywuzzy

    OK, these two are great together. lol

  • LA944

    I love John Pizzarelli! And I loved ATWT. Maura West’s son (Carly Snyder-Micheal Parks ATWT wife) is playing Kurt. In fact Joe’s father was on ATWT for years –Scott DeFrietas (Andy)
    PS I loved color war at camp–but we didn’t have John P to write our songs-ha!

  • usedtobelucy

    I love Laura Benanti and Christian Borle.

  • pmreyn2010

    Never heard of Laura before… but wow! What a voice!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Aren’t they great?

  • Sassycatz

    I’m sorry. I’ve seen the movie many times and own it. I love it. I just wish they had gotten a lead actress who could sing and *act.* The person might not have had Carrie’s name, but it would’ve done this justice.

  • songsungblue

    She’s a hilariously terrible actress. The reviews are going to slice and dice her.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    She played Maria on Broadway in the SoM 16 years ago. I’ll bet that she was amazing.

  • Sassycatz

    She played Maria in a version of this play at one time, as I understand it.

  • H.A.

    Anybody else bored watching this?

  • jan

    I am enjoying this. Kudos to Carrie for taking on the challenge – she knew she would be a target. Nevertheless – many people are watching because of her name on the marquee.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Yeah, I’m finding my attention wandering during the non-singing parts. lol

  • usedtobelucy

    She’s mostly doing straight acting these days. She just guest-starred on Elementary a few weeks ago — played an ex-teenage-murderer. lol She’s a great actor, too, but that voice just blows everything else away.

  • keware

    Nope. Loving every second of it!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Who is “she”?

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Sorry, but Carrie is terrible in this scene.

  • supersonic

    Yeah. I’ve never see The Sound of Music so I don’t really know the story.

  • Bonnie DeMoss

    Oh my gosh I think she’s GREAT in this scene

  • H.A.

    I tried. The singing parts are wonderful though.

  • supersonic

    Am I supposed to be laughing right now? Because I am. Carrie is horrible.

  • usedtobelucy

    No. I’m a total sucker for stage plays of all kinds and for stage musicals, in particular. But that’s what it takes to love it, I kind of think.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Really? You’ve lived a deprived life. lol

  • lola

    Yes…not really sure why. I’m only watching to see if mistakes will be made. Won’t be watching til the end because I have to get up so early.

  • usedtobelucy

    yeah, I remember wanting to see that ….

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Stephen Moyer’s voice is a little dicey. Was he cast primarily because he’s a TV star?

  • H.A.

    I’ve seen the original but it never made a lasting impression on me.

  • HermeticallySealed

    I’ve never seen the play version, just the movie. Probably wouldn’t have cared except for Julie Andrews, though.

  • lola

    I think the different opinions are terrific here. This is how discussion should be!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Laura is great in the role of Elsa. At this point, it’s hard to understand why the Captain would choose Maria over her.

  • iluvai

    This is kind of adorable and it’s neat as a play (live). The kids are soooo cute.

  • keware

    Funny…I think this is her best scene yet. She let loose a little.

  • Sassycatz

    Julie Andrews didn’t play Maria on Broadway. It was Mary Martin (who was Larry Hagman’s mother) and was also in South Pacific.

  • lola

    I don’t know the story. Isn’t Maria a nun?

  • supersonic

    Never been interested in it.

  • weareallinnocent

    Is it actually being suggested that Carrie is the only one whose acting is overwrought and not natural? That’s the whole gig here, it seems to me. Seriously. It’s a stage musical. Overacting, projecting, largess is what is expected.

    I’m not a Carrie fan, but I think she’s doing great.

  • HermeticallySealed

    Probably. Just keep waiting for him to rasp out, “Sookeh!”

  • fuzzywuzzy

    She’s a novice and hasn’t taken her vows yet. The Mother Abess sends her to be the governess of these children because she thinks that Maria needs some time outside of the abbey to really think about her future.

  • usedtobelucy

    Wonderful.

  • Amy Beth

    In my version, Elsa realizes the Captain is a big drip and she’s better off without him.

  • lola

    You have an excellent point. This is exactly how a live stage show would be. It’s odd to see it on tv.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I don’t think that Carrie’s acting is “overwrought” at all. If anything, she’s stiff and not expressive enough.

  • iluvai

    Isn’t she supposed to be mean though?

  • lola

    Thanks!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    lol Actually, the way that Moyer is playing the Captain, I’m kind of wondering what Elsa sees in him.

  • bridgette12

    She’s going to get a pat on the head for trying. She really don’t have to be good, just adequate.

  • supersonic

    Carrie’s acting is very robotic.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    In the stage play (I’ve read), she’s a more complex and fleshed out character, not the one-dimensional “evil” Baroness from the movie.

  • scoobynacks

    It wasn’t a bad note exactly but I definitely caught her doing something different there. Maybe they just cheated that part of the yodel to get there. Probably a bail out point in case she ran outta breath.

  • iluvai

    I agree with weareallinnocent, but also agree with you that Carrie is not so good at projecting in the talking parts.

  • Sassycatz

    In Carrie’s case, we’re not talking about overacting, projecting. She’s very wooden. It’s bad acting.

  • usedtobelucy

    I think so. …. I mean, notice who most people haven’t even heard of the real musical stars of the piece. They need somebody who’s been on tv recently as more than a one-off guest appearance, I expect.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    lol OK, I didn’t get that reference, but I’m assuming that it’s from Trueblood (which I’ve never seen).

  • Amy Beth

    She’s flunking out of nun school.

  • usedtobelucy

    Actually, I think Else *does* think he’s a drip. But since he’s a rich drip, she can force herself to not mind. ha

    Actually, as I understand it, in real life Maria kind of thought Georg was a drip too. The marriage wasn’t exactly a romance, I don’t believe.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    lol In a nutshell!

  • Bonnie DeMoss

    Oh she’s doing great in this dancing scene with the Captain

  • LA944

    They needed a name for ratings & $$$. Julie Andrews was the toast of Broadway, but she didn’t get to play Eliza Doolittle in the My Fair Lady movie. She wasn’t a “name” In fact, Jack Warner wanted Cary Grant (who had a cockney type accent) to play Henry Higgins–lol. Cary Grant told Warner he would be crazy not to get Rex Harrrison.
    That kind of thing happened all the time. I don’t know why people are so surprised that Carrie is playing Maria. If she didn’t, we may not be getting to see this show. I’m enjoying it

  • lola

    Can you tell me if she ends up with him? Spoiler, I guess. I can’t stay up that late.

  • bridgette12

    The Von Trapp family wanted someone like Anne Hathaway, a proven award winning actress to star in this. They said Carrie was a poor choice because she can’t act, it was a WTF moment for the Von Trapp family when they heard who was chosen as the lead.

  • jcabby

    That was a cute scene!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    In an interview, the producer said that he needed someone with a big fan base.

  • H.A.

    Carrie is actually doing better than I expected which wasn’t much. The whole live stage show on TV is weird. With all the money NBC spent I feel like I’m watching a One Life To Live soap opera episode.

  • usedtobelucy

    Strangely, he’s more the zombie than the vampire, isn’t he? Maybe he’s sick or something.

  • HermeticallySealed

    LoL, yeah, it’s the name of Anna Paquin’s character.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Yeah, it’s unavoidable to have that kind of vibe for a live broadcast of this type.

  • iluvai

    My favorite scene/song. Go kids!

  • scoobynacks

    Ha, an oops with sound and someone stepping on Laura’s dress (unless that was a cover) and she handled it like a pro. Love Laura Benanti.

  • merkureye

    Indeed. The waltz was very nice. This scene is, of course, one of the most important of the play. Carrie is doing very well. She is courageous. . .it is hard not to think of how Julie Andrews played each scene.

  • Matthew Richards

    THEY’RE SINGING ADIEU! :)

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I think that if the movie weren’t so iconic, I would be enjoying this broadcast more.

  • Sassycatz

    I didn’t say I was surprised. I said, I wish they hadn’t done it. They could’ve picked someone a little less known who was much better and that person’s career could’ve had a major boost, instead of someone who didn’t need it at all and is everywhere. Now it’s just kind of perverse curiosity keeping me tuned in. I guess that’s enough for the networks, but not so good for future live musical attempts.

  • lola

    This show is ending really late . 11pm on east coast. Are kids really gonna stay up that late?

  • fuzzywuzzy

    The girl who plays Brigitta is good.

  • songsungblue

    I’ve seen a lot of live Broadway musicals. And the acting is fantastic. This is not how it would read, IMO.

  • Bonnie DeMoss

    I watched the movie again right before this came on. I think Carrie’s doing very well.

  • Amy Beth

    You mean the viewers or the ones in the play?

    I wonder what time Gretel’s bedtime is?

  • HermeticallySealed

    I know. I was referring to the movie.

  • Guest

    Carrie is a very good singer on the other hand her acting is nothing note worthy. The latter is apparent when she is not singing or with those who have been in theater..

  • iluvai

    I want to go watch the original now. I haven’t seen it in a long time.

  • pmreyn2010

    COOL SCENE CHANGE from the house into the abbey!

  • usedtobelucy

    And are the parents going to refrain from switching over to Elementary or Scandal — both very popular shows airing new episodes tonight? …. I kinda think not, in both cases. Not sure the speed of this stage play is going to be a good fit with the sensory apparatus of a lot of today’s raised-on-the-Internet young attention spans, either.

  • bridgette12

    IT goes to prove, that being a good actress is a lot more than taking acting lessons for a few months. You need some acting talent.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    It will be interesting to see the half-hour ratings breakdowns for this show. It is pretty long.

  • Sassycatz

    In fact, if they were doing South Pacific and Carrie was doing the Nellie Forbush role, I think she would’ve done better. The role seems a bit closer to who she is.

  • Bonnie DeMoss

    I wonder if I’m the only one who does this: I get hooked on a particular movie for a while, watch it a bunch of times, then move on to another one, and eventually work my way back around to the one I started with.

  • usedtobelucy

    I think that having all these commercial breaks and such puts them in a strange position, among other things.

  • iluvai

    Mine are doing homework right now. I wonder if I could even get them to sit down and watch this with me. sigh…

  • usedtobelucy

    And played Peter Pan on live tv in around 1960 or so. That was a magical live-tv moment.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Anne Hathaway would have been an interesting choice, but I doubt that she would have done it.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Oh, Audra singing CEM is coming up!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Yep. That was very memorable.

  • Amy Beth

    That was the first time it felt like a stage play rather than a live version of a movie.

  • Bonnie DeMoss

    This is a very good scene and Carrie is doing very well here.

  • jcabby

    Wow what an emotional scene. Well done Carrie and Audra!

  • Matthew Richards

    The acting in these scene is very good. Carrie’s hitting her stride.

  • Amy Beth

    The last part is actually a little scary for kids. Not flying monkey scary, but being chased by Nazis is no picnic.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    This is a showstopping moment.

    ETA: I knew it would be with Audra singing.

  • Goodvibes27

    Carrie is busting her butt doing this and I think she is doing a decent job!

  • pmreyn2010

    This is the best scene so far. Audra is amazing & Carrie’s emotion is great here.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    lol I was scared to death of the flying monkeys when I was a kid.

  • usedtobelucy

    Nope. You’re not the only one. I recently watched The Queen about 20 times in a row. (yeesh). And before that, it was the 1999 Patricia Rozema Mansfield Park. About 10 times through that, probably.

    Don’t know why I do that. But I could now play every part in each of them. ha

  • usedtobelucy

    Nice.

  • scoobynacks

    I did that with The Cutting Edge. I might have to get back to it soon though. I need me some Doug/Kate.

  • czt

    Wow, that was phenomenal!

  • Bonnie DeMoss

    Me too. I remember hiding behind the couch every year.

  • pmreyn2010

    Side note: Amy & Tina’s commercial for the Golden Globes was hilarious!!!

  • supersonic

    The flying monkeys still creep me out to this day.

  • Amy Beth

    Oh twitter kills me. Sure SoML is trending. But so is #snarkofmusic

  • halo9125

    Audra was spectacular- and this is not meant as a diss to Carrie’s acting but I think she was the one to make her cry. If Audra doesn’t win an Emmy for that it’s a travesty.

  • usedtobelucy

    Me, too.

    I also hid behind the couch during every episode of Rin Tin Tin. I insisted on watching it, but I hadn’t mastered the concept of — They will not kill this dog — he’s the star of the show!

  • Sassycatz

    Audra McDonald is the stand out in this, hands down, with the guy who plays Detwiler. He’s very good too.

  • supersonic

    Carrie was crying because she knows Audra was making her look bad.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Christian Borle. Isn’t he fantastic?

  • halo9125

    Absolutely- I actually think I like the CEM scene in this better than the movie version. I found this to be far more emotional.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I liked the staging better, with the Mother Abess singing the song to Maria. I always thought that in the movie, the Mother Abess singing while looking out the window was too detached and impersonal.

  • Matthew Richards

    NO! Don’t marry Frau Schrader. Carrie Underwood is right there under your nose :`(

  • Matthew Richards

    She came back! :)

  • Amy Beth

    Maria’s got sassy hair!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Have you not seen the movie or play before?

  • lola

    I just don’t see today’s teens watching this show and loving it. If it’s not a video game or playstation or whatever is hot in the tech gamer world, I don’t see an interest. Not really sure what demographic this is for. I’ll be interested to see how it all shakes out.

  • Matthew Richards

    I’ve seen the movie, I’m just a sap. Lol.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Aren’t Carrie’s heels a little high? lol

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Does anyone else not see any chemistry between Stephen and Carrie at all?

  • Matthew Richards

    AWWWW. He misses her!

  • halo9125

    Nope- the chemistry is non-existent.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Yeah, it would be tough to get any teenagers to sit and watch this kind of show for 3 hours.

  • usedtobelucy

    I think it’s probably middle-aged and older adults. Who are now likely all to turn over to Scandal and Elementary.

  • Alectric

    The Baroness in the movie was far from evil, at least as I remember her. She just got jealous, but was coming from a pretty understandable place, and she handled the ultimate rejection with relative grace.

  • Guest

    Carrie is a very good singer her acting is all right . The latter is evident in some scenes with others.

  • LA944

    I get what your saying. But, I’m glad they are doing it. I don’t think they would have done it at all unless they had name like Carrie Underwood. TPTB are looking at demo. So, I’m happy to see musical theater being represented on television instead of some of the crap that’s always on. I think Carrie is holding her own singing–the acting isn’t the greatest–but I’m ok with that.

    If this show does alright in the ratings–they may do something similar in the future. If it doesn’t -well back to the a lot of shows with plenty of violence and action.

    I am also a huge fan of the movie. I didn’t have any expectations that Carrie or anybody could be in the same universe as Julie in this part.

    I am hoping that NBC is still is still going to show the movie–if not I will be pissed

  • Sassycatz

    I loved Eleanor Parker. She was a wonderful actress in many films.

  • Anna106

    Well, Carrie’s name got me to watch this, and I’m enjoying it immensely…so I guess it worked!

  • http://www.fatladysings.us/ TFLS

    I just couldn’t watch any more. No singing. Lots of shouting, however. And is it just me – or is this ‘Sound of Music’, the Evelyn Wood version? They are speeding through everything hell bent for leather. The only true standouts for me are Christian Borle and Audra McDonald.

  • Matthew Richards

    OMG. Is Mother Superior Grace from Annie the tv movie? I watched that every night as a kid.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Stephen is much better with Laura and Christian.

  • Amy Beth

    Speeding? The biggest complaint is that the pace is too slow by today’s standards.

  • supersonic

    I am hoping that NBC is still is still going to show the movie–if not I will be pissed

    Yeah, doesn’t NBC usually show the movie around this time of the year? Is that why they picked The Sound of Music to do this live thing?

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  • Matthew Richards

    Everyone needs to watch this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8o1iPqwCI

  • MichaelGxo

    Is Carrie reading from cue cards? She is monotone and a terrible, robotic actress. Good lord…

  • Truthiness2U

    I thought it was going to be bad, but it was worse.

    The only fun I could have from it (beyond Audra) was in a MSTK3 kind of way. So as a source of mocking? GREAT! version.

  • MichaelGxo

    Carrie is an awful actress. And she doesn’t sound very good singing either…I wonder if she would have better chemistry acting with a tree or a house plant?

  • supersonic

    Aren’t they all reading from cue cards? I see their eyes darting off to the side.

  • HermeticallySealed

    You should check out the Twitter responses. LoL

  • Matthew Richards

    As a matter of fact, I just pulled Annie 1999 out of my VHS to record the Sound of Music. What a weird coincidence.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    What hashtag?

  • MichaelGxo

    Well, then the other “actors” must read with more personality and better literacy.

  • HermeticallySealed

    Well, Julie Andrews is trending Worldwide, or use #TheSoundOfMusicLive

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I just searched using #soml, and the comments are hilarious! lol

  • Amy Beth

    That’s kind of a familiar complaint. Wasn’t that the knock on Carrie her entire season of AI?

  • Bonnie DeMoss

    I really am enjoying this so much as well.

  • MichaelGxo

    I liked her during AI. But then she didn’t have to act and sing songs that required polished vocals.

  • Bonnie DeMoss

    Love the girls wedding outfits.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “I’ve never seen a Virginal Nun kiss like that”

    lmao!

    ETA: “Who learns to kiss like that in a convent?? Wait… don’t answer that”

  • iluvai

    I think she sounds great when she’s singing.

  • MichaelGxo

    Really? I think she sounds quite dull. Not off key this time, but really blaaaaaaaaand and stilted.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    She’s hitting all of the notes just fine and her vocal tone is good, but there’s little expressiveness in her singing.

  • supersonic

    I know this has nothing to do with the movie, but the wedding dress in the movie is way more iconic. This dress is just ugly.

  • iluvai

    Well, she’s singing the songs like I remember them.

  • iluvai

    I don’t remember Julie Andrews dress, but I agree that this one isn’t very attractive.

  • Amy Beth

    It takes a looonnng time to get into a fancy wedding dress. Something had to give with the costume change time constraints.

  • bridgette12

    Audra is a real actress and has a wonderful voice for this type of music. She’s comfortable and in her element and most of all she’s a well rounded entertainer who shines on stage.

  • supersonic

    Wait. The wedding wasn’t the end? There’s more?

  • weareallinnocent

    Carrie has ovaries of steel for even signing on to do this. First acting gig is a huge live TV experiment reprising a much loved musical previously starring a singing superstar icon? Dang girl. Much respect!

  • Amy Beth

    Yup. The scary parts.

  • HermeticallySealed

    “Like Newhart, maybe the ending will be Julie Andrews & Christopher Plummer waking from a terrible dream that was #TheSoundOfMusicLive”

  • MichaelGxo

    Vocal tone is a matter of perspective and taste…to a degree. I feel her tone is bland and pretty pedestrian given the songs she has delivered. She is adding nothing to the songs–no personality or nuance.

  • Matthew Richards

    You forgot about the Nazis.

  • Sassycatz

    LOL!

  • MichaelGxo

    I remember Julie Andrews…so she is not singing them as I remember.

  • bridgette12

    She would get all the respect in the world from me is she was actually good. Just trying is sometimes not enough.

  • supersonic

    Like I said, I’ve never seen The Sound of Music so I don’t know the story. I always thought it ended with the wedding.

  • weareallinnocent

    I think she’s doing quite well.

  • Bonnie DeMoss

    I think she’s doing an amazing job.

  • Matthew Richards

    Carrie is doing great with Liesle.

  • Bonnie DeMoss

    No, it ends with them escaping from the Nazis.

  • MichaelGxo

    Nuns don’t wear stilettos? Seriously?

  • H.A.

    “How you can tell it’s bad: When you find yourself thinking, “GOD. When are the Nazis gonna get here?” #TheSoundOfMusicLive” #SOML

  • MichaelGxo

    Liesle is out-singing Maria. Oops!

  • Bonnie DeMoss

    Uh, not by a long shot

  • HermeticallySealed

    “@LOLGOP- We should have parades in every town for Julie Andrews while we still have a chance.”

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Exactly. It’s not good enough to just be adequate and have people applaud your “courage” and work ethic. I appreciate Carrie’s inexperience and the fact that she worked hard, but sorry, the result just doesn’t cut it. A production of this magnitude requires a top notch musical theater actress to match the Broadway vets in the cast.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    And out-acting easily.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Those are hilarious! Man, the tweets are brutal for Carrie and Stephen.

  • bridgette12

    Let’s be fair to Carrie on this, she wasn’t going to bring anything new to these songs after all these years and some great singers have performed this song on Broadway and everywhere else. She just can’t bring these songs to life the way Julie Andrews did.There’s a difference between performing like a star and performing like the understudy and you can see the big difference between them. Carrie is not meant for this.

  • H.A.

    “I keep waiting for a pause and for someone to shout, “LIVE FROM NEW YORK, IT’S SATURDAY NIGHT!” #TheSoundOfMusicLive

  • Bonnie DeMoss

    I’m seeing a lot of good stuff on Twitter. I think it depends on where you look.

  • iluvai

    I didn’t say she was singing like Julie Andrews. My point was that Carrie’s singing sounds fine to me and fits the show.

  • Amy Beth

    But they’re both out acting Rolf and his goofy shorts.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “THERE IT IS! the line screw up that merits us all watching this nonsense. #soml #waitingforthemistake”

  • MichaelGxo

    I don’t think Carrie would have been been given the honour, in the 1960’s, as being appointed Julie Andrew’s understudy.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I did a search for “#soml”. Pretty much 99% snarky comments. lol

  • H.A.

    “Next they’ll have Miley Cyrus do Oklahoma”
    #TheSoundOfMusicLive

    LOL.

  • iluvai

    I like this song that the Capt is singing.

  • Bonnie DeMoss

    I saw a lot of good ones too. But regardless, everybody’s watching. :) I think the ratings are going to be very good.

  • bridgette12

    Why not, she probably stayed at the Holiday Inn last night.

  • Amy Beth

    You don’t know Edelweiss?

  • bridgette12

    More people to snicker at this trainwreck and dull star actors.

  • bridgette12

    I’m waiting for SNL to spoof this riveting extravaganza.

  • iluvai

    I do. I just wasn’t sure what it was called.

  • songsungblue

    It’s like giving kids ‘participation medals.’ Are we now applauding professionals who try hard?

  • nekola

    The Tweets have been comedy gold all night. LOL!

    @rakeshsatyal: If YOU want The Von Trapps to win #TheVoiceAustria, text VON TRAPPS to 33333. #TheSoundofMusicLive

  • bridgette12

    Sorry, but Carrie is a shitty selection for the role of Maria. She can’t bring this production to life, all she is doing is just trying to get to the end and get her reward of people congratulating her for just trying.

  • Sassycatz

    Outstanding!

  • elliegrll

    The show wouldn’t be airing live on NBC if they had hired a theater vet. As a few people in the cast tweeted, Carrie is the reason why the is airing.

  • bridgette12

    That’s exactly what it seems to me, even if you are not talented enough to do something, you should be applauded for making it through and not giving up.

  • Sassycatz

    I don’t think we have to worry about this becoming a “modern classic,” played annually.

  • Amy Beth

    Darn, I miss the smart alec nuns and their car mechanic maneuver.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Sure, I know that. Just talking about the level of performance. JMO.

  • elliegrll

    It’s a tv show, it’s supposed to be about ratings. The majority of the ink tomorrow will be about the ratings. And those in the media will eventually judge Carrie’s performance based on the ratings.

    I think that it would be more accurate to say that Carrie was picked for both her ability, how well she might fit the role, and because the people in charge thought that she would bring in good ratings.

  • bridgette12

    If she’s the reason, then they shouldn’t have wasted their money, because this is a joke compared to the original

  • Bonnie DeMoss

    Great Job Carrie!

  • MichaelGxo

    Walmart shopping bin $2.99 clearance (assuming they ever put it out on DVD)

  • czt

    I loved it

  • Guest

    pretty horrible, actually.

  • H.A.

    I don’t think the other networks will be rushing to do another live stage musical made for TV

  • iluvai

    This is a good story. I didn’t think I was even going to watch it (well, I didn’t until after XF), but I enjoyed it. It was nicely done.

  • Lynn Farris

    Amazing!

  • Matthew Richards

    That was a good way to spend my Thursday night.

  • Bonnie DeMoss

    She was amazing!

  • bridgette12

    What ability do Carrie have that would make anyone pick her for this role, but for the fact she is a household name.

  • pmreyn2010

    Did Audra seem to get drowned out by the orchestra at the end there to anyone else? She has such a big beautiful voice so I’m not sure what was going on there. Was disappointed with the sound quality of the show at times!

    Carrie did fine– definitely out of her comfort zone but I enjoyed it! And her singing was top notch as always.

    Honestly, I was really only disappointed with Stephen Moyer. His acting was ok but the singing was not great.

  • LeahKittyS

    That was lovely. Carrie’s acting needs a little work but the singing was great all around. The children were adorable. The Sound of Music is one of my very favorite movies from childhood (I sang the title song in a 4th grade cabaret). Thank you NBC.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    It appears that way. I guess that I don’t understand that for professionals.

  • Amy Beth

    For all the Carrie/Julie comparisons, Christopher Plummer deserves some love.

  • bridgette12

    Unless they wanted to play it around Halloween, this production is not going to be played year after year.

  • pmreyn2010

    Absolutely! I now feel like I took him for granted haha

  • Bonnie DeMoss

    Gosh, I don’t know, maybe her fabulous singing.

  • Bonnie DeMoss

    She was the best selection and they were lucky to get her. She’s the reason so many watched.

  • l8er

    Just saw the NBC commercial for the Olympics with the Katy Perry song…I would just like to point I totally called that on this very forum when that song was first leaked. Ok…back to watching Carrie Underwood run away from Nazis. I appreciate the significant work they obviously put into this.

  • songsungblue

    The woman needs acting classes. STAT. ;)

  • Bonnie DeMoss

    Yes, you are right.

  • bridgette12

    Fabulous singing and shitty acting, is not a great combination for something like the SOM. You would hope to have both in the lead actress.

  • supersonic

    Now I know why I’ve never seen The Sound of Music. The whole story is just corny.

  • milwlovesadam

    I simply cannot believe how much I enjoyed this!

    I hereby rescind any negative posts I made about Carrie’s voice. She was wonderful.

    Steven Moyer was very good, better than I expected, but, he delivered his dialogue too fast, all the time. Still, I really enjoyed his performance.

    I predict huge ratings, and a repeat before Christmas. Maybe even annually. I just have a feeling this is a portent of more musicals to come.

    I hope so.

  • Bonnie DeMoss

    Actually the DVD will sell very well. And I think the ratings were probably great. BTW it’s already available for preorder on Amazon.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I think that she acts better when she’s singing as well.

  • Sassycatz

    But … those who stayed continued watching for the wrong reasons.

  • Bonnie DeMoss

    It’s based on a true story.

  • bridgette12

    They watched, they cringed and they laughed and the audience realized they had wasted three hours of their life watching this poor production.

  • Bonnie DeMoss

    Yeah I didn’t realize that was unique to the movie.

  • Bonnie DeMoss

    I think it will be. They might even repeat it again this year. And the DVD will sell through the roof.

  • bridgette12

    God, I hope not.

  • HermeticallySealed

    Though fairly loosely. The kids were less than complimentary about the real Maria’s personality. lol

  • MichaelGxo

    The original is PROFOUNDLY better. This was like a parody.

  • http://kristentheyellowlab.blogspot.com/ ZsusK

    My God. That was some of the worst acting I’ve ever seen. I’m just….. Oh, I think some people are going to be heartbroken when they read the reviews tomorrow.

  • bridgette12

    Didn’t we read how hard she was working on developing her nonexistent acting talents with months of acting lessons.

  • MichaelGxo

    It was all-around horrible.

  • MichaelGxo

    Come back after you read the reviews tomorrow. ;)

  • Bonnie DeMoss

    I wouldn’t say heartbroken, but I would guess that some on here will be disappointed when Carrie gets some praise from the critics. I’m not saying her acting was perfect, but I thought she was very good and her singing was amazing. The critics are not going to ignore her singing.

  • http://kristentheyellowlab.blogspot.com/ ZsusK

    One of the worst things I’ve ever seen. My friends and I stuck around for the snark factor. We’ve got my older sister, a devout SOM fan since 1965, on suicide watch.

  • HermeticallySealed

    “It’s not fair to compare her to Julie Andrews, guys. Carrie Underwood makes a better Maria than Russell Crowe would! Or a broom!”

  • bridgette12

    VERY BAD PARODY! For some reason, I don’t think Carrie is going to have to spend time away from her tours for any big acting roles in the future.

  • Sassycatz

    Wait a minute! That’s unfair. We haven’t seen Russell Crowe in the role.

  • Mel432

    Carrie is not very convincing as Maria. Her singing is fine, however, but her acting is, well, not so fine. As someone upthread said, there is no chemistry between her and her costar. Maybe because she is trying too hard to “act”, she is not connecting. I wish they had found someone who was a better actress. If they have good ratings, Carrie will be forgiven, however.

  • Amy Beth

    By original do you mean the movie? Because you’re being obtuse.

    The movie is based on the play, which is what was performed tonight.

  • standtotheright

    I think it’s a show that really needs the applause breaks and laugh lines, so some parts were really awkward. But I just didn’t think it was terrible. Great? No (excepting Audra McDonald). But there were moments. I’d watch it again if it were on late at night and I were flipping channels.

  • weareallinnocent

    Her voice, her looks, and significantly, her perceived innocence… among other things…

  • kcostell

    In the original film version of The Sound of Music, they dubbed several peoples’ singing voices, so that the people doing the acting on screen weren’t necessarily the ones whose voices you heard. Nowadays, I think that sort of thing would be unthinkable. When did things change?

  • MichaelGxo

    I doubt it and I doubt it.

  • bridgette12

    Tell your older sister, this was just a bad April’s joke in December. Put her to bed with a big mug of hot chocolate and play the original version of the SOM and she will be okay.

  • Sassycatz

    When actors gained more control over productions and the studio system broke down. Whether they can sing or not, they want to do it.

  • weareallinnocent

    Opinions are what they are.

  • Bonnie DeMoss

    Well the DVD will be released Dec 17th, so we will find out.

  • weareallinnocent

    Some, but not all.

  • Amy Beth

    The movie industry has a history of refusing to hire the Broadway singers that made roles iconic in favor of big names and then hiring voice doubles for the singing.

  • carola99

    Just wanted to say I really enjoyed watching it.
    Yes, Carrie´s acting wasn´t perfect but she did had her moments. She was never gonna be Julie anyways so people should stop comparing.

    On the plus side, all the songs were perfect!
    Audra McDonald and Laura Benanti were incredible. Christian Borle did a great job too.

    How about that kiss between Carrie & Stephen? That one did not looked staged at all! Look out, Mike Fisher & Anna Paquin. Heh.

    Also, the kids did a terrific job but I will give the most praise to the kid who played Kurt! He stole the show. His name is Joe West and apparently he is the son of Maura West. I see a very bright future for that kid.

  • Bonnie DeMoss

    Yeah it seems people either love or hate it, but they all watched.

  • bridgette12

    Carrie don’t need any of our forgiveness, she just needs to promise to never act again.

  • Sassycatz

    The Kurt kid was very good.

  • HermeticallySealed

    It was a bit like Sharknado for me and my friends. The snark is what made it worth the time.

  • carola99

    I agree!

  • jan

    I enjoyed it. It is fun to just give into the moment. Good effort and fun new holiday show.

  • MichaelGxo

    Same music…Naturally, I was referring to the movie…And sorry…that is the comparison to be made. What fool agent convinced Carrie she could actually carry this off? Lol…

  • carola99

    Right? Such a natural. I see great things for him ahead..

  • MichaelGxo

    Indeed, we will. Lol…

  • bridgette12

    that would be a stockstuffer that would be returned to Walmart as soon as the doors opened.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Too late for that! lol

  • kcostell

    That was definitely true in the past (especially in the days of Marni Nixon), but the most recent film adaptations I can think of the big Broadway Musicals either had actors from Broadway (Rent) or brought in Hollywood Stars that did their own singing with sometimes mixed results (The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Chicago, Sweeney Todd). I’m curious how recent this change is.

  • http://kristentheyellowlab.blogspot.com/ ZsusK

    Bonnie, I appreciated Carrie’s singing. But, that’s just not enough. Did you not notice the difference between Audra McDonald’s “Climb Every Mountain” and everything Carrie sang? It’s not just about hitting the notes, which Carrie did. It’s about emoting, which Carrie did not.

    I think Carrie is a major talent in terms of country singing, and is, most obviously, a super star. But, casting her, with her very, very limited acting chops, in this iconic role was kind of cruel. I had hoped she would be at least decent and have a supporting cast to hold her up. Unfortunately, she was really awful, and the supporting cast (with a few exceptions) was no help at all. It was just a bad deal all around. It’s not Carrie’s fault. And I think people who watched know that. But, she’s going to get trashed. She was just that bad.

  • Amy Beth

    Maybe they liked Elsa better after all.

  • bridgette12

    But that’s offset by her lack of personality and acting ability.

  • weareallinnocent

    I don’t disagree in general with most of what you’re saying. And, I’m not urging that we hand her an emmy, or reward of any kind. lol But, respect? Yeah, she gets that from me for the reasons stated. YMMV

  • http://mjsbigblog.staging.wpengine.com/ mjsbigblog

    Reminder:

    Eh. Could we just let some comments stand? Those of you who didn’t like the production…do you really need to comment on every positive comment? And vice versa. Give ppl space to have an opinion please.

  • bridgette12

    Sometimes you can’t turn away from an on coming trainwreck. You know it’s going to be bad, but you don’t realize just how bad, until it’s over.

  • http://kristentheyellowlab.blogspot.com/ ZsusK

    Well, that’s very nice of them to tweet that… the people in the cast.

  • J3$$!C@

    All I kept thinking was, how the hell do they remember all those damn lines. I think the cast deserves kudos for that. Audra’s singing even had Carrie crying for reals. LOL. Carrie nailed every song. I expected her acting to be bad. Not surprised. But, hey, it was much better than that surfer movie.

  • bridgette12

    I loved Sharknado, but it had one big advantage over the SOM, it was only two hours and those actors knew they were bad.

  • http://kristentheyellowlab.blogspot.com/ ZsusK

    What was your opinion, MJ? Curious minds and all that.

  • Bonnie DeMoss

    There is kind of a review on TOC already. They praised Carrie’s singing and said her acting wasn’t as strong as the others. They seemed to think Moyer was the best actor of the bunch, however, which surprised me.

  • Amy Beth

    The DVD may not sell like hot cakes, but the CD should do fine.

  • Matthew Richards

    All of the children > Moyer.

  • http://kristentheyellowlab.blogspot.com/ ZsusK

    Moyer was pretty awful, to be honest. I thought the actor who played Max was the best.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Yeah, the story is pretty cornball, but in a really “feel-good” kind of way. lol

  • Amy Beth

    Honestly, I’m not sure what the point of reviewing a live one-time event is. What are we going to do, unwatch it because the review was bad?

  • Matthew Richards

    Surfer movie? Do you mean From Justin to Kelly?

  • Bonnie DeMoss

    There a DVD coming out. Available Dec 17th.

  • Bonnie DeMoss

    Really? That’s interesting. I’ll have to look that up.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Max = Christian Borle (used to be a regular on Smash and a Tony winner)

  • supersonic

    I wasn’t left in a “feel good” kind of way. I was left saying, “That’s it?” And those kids annoyed me. Whenever they popped up on-screen, I changed the channel.

  • LA944

    I enjoyed it. I had never seen the stage version–so it was interesting to see the differences:
    Max gets arrested at the end of the competition
    Rolf so willingly lets them escape
    The Baroness wasn’t a total bitch
    The nuns didn’t mess with the nazi cars.
    Songs that were in the stage version and not the movie and vice versa

    Audra McDonald is a goddess. She’s so talented it’s crazy. The actress who played Liesl was good and looked quite a bit like Angela Cartwright in her later teen yrs. Angela C played Brigitta in the movie. And the young girl who played Brigitta in this version stole all her scenes. She was great. So was Joe West (Kurt). I also thought Laura B was wonderful and I liked Christian Blore. But, the actor who played Max in the movie was so good in the part.

    And for Carrie–she sang it well. I give her credit for doing this. I really don’t think NBC would have done this production if they didn’t have a big name. I know there are Broadway actress/singers who would have been much better. However, it’s all about money –and that wasn’t going to happen. Carrie took a big risk here. She didn’t have to do it. She’s doing quite well. So, kudos to her for having the guts to go ahead with it. I know she must have had doubts. And even though this is the stage version–everyone will compare it to the movie anyway. Usually, the stage musical is better than the movie. I think with TSOM– the movie is better than the show. (Even if I was watching Mary Martin) Some of the cast may get boost from this event and get work in the future. If the ratings are ok–maybe future musicals will be done live on tv.

  • http://mjsbigblog.staging.wpengine.com/ mjsbigblog

    I didn’t hate it. But then, I wasn’t all precious about the original to begin with.

    Carrie’s inexperience as an actress was obvious, especially in scenes with the Broadway pros. She didn’t have much chemistry with Stephen Moyer, but it wasn’t entirely her fault.

    Laura and Christian were wonderful. Audra was incredible. She moved me to tears with “Climb Every Mountain,” despite the fact that yeah, I find SOM pretty corny.

    But I don’t think Carrie was entirely unwatchable. I enjoyed her singing, and her chemistry with the children. Nope. I’m not mad at her.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Well, I kind of stopped watching intently, but I was thinking about the movie, which had a very “feel good” kind of ending.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I think that the romance between Maria and Georg wasn’t all that “romantic” either.

  • LA944

    I think Christopher P was dubbed though. I remember reading that and being shocked–cause the singing voicesounded so much like him. But, hell CP is a terrific actor

  • iluvai

    She did have chemistry with the children. That was good.

  • Amy Beth

    Yes, but I think that’s meant to be a keepsake for people who saw the TV show and clearly we already have our opinions!

  • iluvai

    There should be more musicals.

  • http://kristentheyellowlab.blogspot.com/ ZsusK

    I agree about Audra. She was so good, it made up for everything else. “Climb Every Mountain” was chill-inducing. More so than in the movie.

    As for Carrie, it wasn’t quite fair to her at all. This is an iconic role. Not exactly the right one for an inexperienced actress to play on a live TV broadcast. Her fellow actors admitted the production would not have been made without her name attached. There’s something heart-breaking about that. She is going to get the stuffing kicked out of her in the reviews tomorrow. Yet, if she hadn’t accepted the role, no one else would have had a job these past few months. That’s show biz.

  • Amy Beth

    Not to mention sexy.

  • LA944

    IA. I freakin love musicals!! I wish I could time travel and see some of the classics on the stage way, way back in the day.

  • http://kristentheyellowlab.blogspot.com/ ZsusK

    Oh! And the chemistry thing? That was totally on Stephen Moyer. He had zero chemistry with anyone, including Max.

  • nyc57

    I saw a documentary a few years ago that said Julie Andrews didn’t get the role of Eliza because the studio didn’t think she was attractive enough.Of course, then she won the oscar for Mary Poppins.Love Audrey Hepburn,but it really is a shame Andrews didn’t get the part.

  • H.A.

    Carrie isn’t an actress so I went in with an open mind that she wasn’t going to give an Emmy Award performance. Except for a few highlights the whole show was bad. If it repeats I wouldn’t watch it again.

  • elliegrll

    It was nice, but also true. Maria didn’t have to be Carrie Underwood, but without a mainstream name in the part the best that this show would have done getting a spot on PBS during one of their telethons.

  • jms

    My mom liked Carrie’s singing, but the acting peeved her.

  • J3$$!C@

    No, she was in that movie about a girl who lost her arm by a shark attack. The name escapes me.

  • LA944

    Exactly–that’s what I’ve been saying. I have new respect for Carrie for even doing this.

  • HermeticallySealed

    IIRC, the general consensus was that Maria was a bit of a cold fish, and yes, the musical is far more romantic than the real life version.

  • LA944

    Yeah–I was thinking that the whole time. People say Carrie was wooden. He showed zero personality

  • Bonnie DeMoss

    Oh yeah I just read on Wiki that Maria herself said she really wanted to be a nun and the Mother Abbess or whatever told her it was God’s will that she get married. Then she said she grew to love him a great deal.

  • Niall

    Carrie was charming in her scenes with the kids and was vocally superb throughout. This was a fun evening of tv with a very good cast. As an AI fan since S1 I’m thrilled for Carrie. This was a gutsy choice.

  • girlygirl

    I turned it off. I was bored. Carrie sounded good but she isn’t much of an actress.

  • Bonnie DeMoss

    I wonder if there was really an Elsa?

  • standtotheright

    There are a lot of people out there who want “wholesome entertainment” and would cheerfully buy something like this to watch with their families if it’s at any level above total trainwreck, which many (although clearly not all) people seem to think it cleared. So the reviews are for those families. Not everyone had three hours to spare tonight but some might be interested in the commercial-free version.

  • H.A.

    “The only thing this #SoundofMusic train wreck is missing is a few Russell Crowe solos.” #SOML #TheSoundOfMusicLive

    “Russell Crowe haters are out again because of that Sound of Music thing. WTF he’s not even in it! >:( #SOML #TheSoundOfMusicLive

  • https://twitter.com/Sofa_Critic Sofa Critic

    I thought Carrie’s singing was exceptional throughout the show. Her acting improved in the final two thirds of the play. There was nice detail in some of her scenes – and she can cry on camera! Not easy. Stephen Moyer started weakly but improved as the show progressed. I didn’t think he had much chemistry with Carrie or the kids. The actor who played Rolf was very good and I thought Laura Benanti was terrific as the baroness. Overall, very entertaining!

  • Amy Beth

    Soul surfer, right?

  • standtotheright

    My absolute favorite was:

    @lyzl: The real reason the Nazis lost was because they couldn’t find a family of 9 behind a potted plant #TheSoundOfMusicLive

  • Kariann Hart

    It was a good production; great cast; and Carrie did do a good job. We learn from our experiences. Hmmm…now is Carrie all prepped to become a Mommy? ;o)

  • Amy Beth

    His mom and dad are actors who met on As the World Turns.

    He was in the Broadway cast of A Christmas Story.

  • jcabby

    I must say, I loved this live version of Sound Of Music. Carrie and Moyer were great. I love how they portrayed their characters, and especially the scene when they danced with each other as the kids looked on. Carrie’s singing was superb!

    Those were a fun three hours. It was quite a buzz among my family and friends who tuned in. Even the men watched (because they were bored with the games on TV, LOL) but they did enjoy it. They are fans of Carrie and Moyer.

    These two brought so many people to watch a musical and actually enjoy it. That’s a win in my view.

    I hope this brings massive ratings to NBC. Congrats to Carrie, Moyer, and the cast and crew of this musical. Bravo! I’m definitely purchasing the soundtrack and DVD.

  • http://kristentheyellowlab.blogspot.com/ ZsusK

    I’m probably paying way too much attention to this whole production than I should, but I thought his interaction with Elsa was freaking weird. He acted like she was going to give him cooties.

  • Bonnie DeMoss

    I loved Kellie Pickler’s tweet to Carrie after the performance. It said “Class + Grace + Talented = YOU.

  • Alectric

    Considering it’s a reproduction of the stage play, I was actually surprised they didn’t seem to have a live audience. It felt like it was missing that at times.

    Everyone’s praising Audra, but I wasn’t super impressed, mostly because she kept getting drowned out by the music, which is a real shame, and not her fault. I saw a rehearsal clip of How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria that sounded absolutely lovely, and was disappointed with the live version because of the overbearing music.

    Anyway, the real standout for me was the Baroness. Her acting was absolutely spot on, and her voice was magnificent.

  • Kariann Hart

    Oh, and don’t forget “Rock of Ages”!

  • Kariann Hart

    Didn’t the network say there would be a second showing?

  • Alectric

    Friedrich seemed like the weakest of the kids, as he often came off as awkward and out of place. But he had like no lines or personality to work with. Was that always the case with this musical? All the other kids seem to get a moment or two to shine individually.

  • Kariann Hart

    IMDb forum fans have ranked it 6.3 thus far. Let’s see what it ranking is tomorrow!

  • Mel432

    I read two reviews, and they both said the others outshined Carrie, especially in the acting department. I guess that was expected.

  • Kariann Hart

    Soul Surfer was up to 6.9. Carrie just needs more acting experience as a SUPPORTING actress.

  • Alectric

    It’s a difficult, complex role to play. Everyone is turning on him to join the Nazis, even his butler, so it’s understandable that he doesn’t feel very close to anyone. He also has to come across as strict and reserved while masking heartbreak, while being able to come around very quickly when he hears his children sing. And he’s awkward around most people because he stopped being social after his wife died. He was living a very structured life until Maria came, and suddenly his kids are singing and getting dirty and then he develops feelings for her despite already being engaged. He has a lot to try to convey, so I can understand it coming across as odd. I thought he made a good attempt at tackling all these complexities despite the sometimes awkward writing and pace.

  • carola99

    lol. I thought Moyer was not the right choice for that role. I was thinking Jack Davenport would have been a perfect Capt Von Trapp.

  • Alectric

    The baroness gets my vote! Loved her.

  • carola99

    Thanks! Did not know. Well the talent runs in the family for sure. You could tell he has the chops.
    I loved him and his acting! He was perfectly cast as Kurt.

  • iluvai

    Justin and Kelly were in that one. ;)

  • Guest

    After watching a bit of this live production of the Sound of Music… I rather go watch paint dry, it’s more exciting. Underwood’s has strong vocals and her bravery in stepping into the role, but it’s impossible not to notice that she can’t act. When Carrie spoke her lines, she was as flat as the label on a Swiss Miss package of cocoa. Oh my!

    http://3j68xu1tybju34n8yb4fm4b189a.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/3728901153_a0f8733ed1.jpg

  • Larc

    Moyer struck me as mostly a 2-dimensional actor. Not much depth.

  • hoosiermama

    I had moderate expectations for Carrie’s acting, so she didn’t disappoint–ha! I thought her singing was great. The supporting cast was superb, but I didn’t like Steven Moyer’s Capt. Not his acting or singing. I did like his dance with Carrie tho, that was a sweet scene. Overall, I enjoyed the show and hope this means more live musicals on tv (especially if they star Audra–wow!)!

  • Kesia Monteith

    Thank you for saying this. It means a lot :)

  • Ria.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this! I only recorded it because Carrie is in it. I wanted to check it out. I had no expectation that I would watch it all. But I loved it! From the very first song I was hooked. Carrie was enchanting, as Maria should be. They all did a great job.
    When I heard the concept I was not sure why they would perform a live play on TV. But it was so much more compelling because it was live.

  • macfae

    thank you for mentioning Peter Pan…it truly was magical to me then.. Mary Martin was wonderful

  • iluvai

    That was sweet and supportive. I’m sure they both have had their fair share of critics.

  • http://www.fatladysings.us/ TFLS

    I watched part of the second half…and it did slow down appreciably. The faults in the pacing lie with the director. This was what I did for a living until my health intervened. I began as an actor, then transitioned into directing – mostly for the theatre; including lots of musicals. I don’t fault Carrie at all. She did a credible job for a non-actor. But she shouted instead of sang, and rushed her scenes…as did almost everyone. That’s a directoral choice. I’m guessing they did it to try and fit everything in on time. It did NOT lend anything to the production, however. With all that talent – it should have been better. George Clooney staged a live to broadcast production of ‘Fail Safe’ back in 2000. Now THAT’S how to do it right. The producers of SOM should have used it for reference (or indeed any of hundreds of 50’s era productions in the NBC vault).

  • Wui Zhuan Lim

    We knew coming into watching this that she would not be a great actress. After all, she did not have much experience, but for that I do appreciate her stepping into a different medium. As a singer though, she did a good enough job, and for a musical, what else do you really want?

  • Wui Zhuan Lim

    When TSOM production team invited Carrie to be Maria, it’s clear that acting experience wasn’t their MAIN concern, like they said for so many times…it’s not a MOVIE, it’s a MUSICAL, not saying that they wanted singers though.

  • breakdown

    I got pretty much what I expected. Carrie’s singing was wonderful and her acting quite bad. I started out enjoying it but got more and more bored as time went on, and found myself longing for Julie Andrews and the movie version. Not only could Julie sing but her performance was radiant. I could definitely see why some songs were cut from the stage production. I didn’t like them at all. The supporting cast were fine in their roles, with Audra standing out.

  • ragstoriches

    For a musical, what you “really want” is great acting, singing, and, if relevant, dancing–that’s why musical theater stars are called ‘triple threats”. It’s insulting to the musical theater profession to cast the lead with someone who can’t act at all. There are dozens and dozens of performers out there who could have done a better job than Carrie Underwood. How embarrassing for the real musical theater performers–Audra, Christian and Laura–to have to share the stage with a rank amateur.

  • jan

    One of my favorite reviews right now is Charlotte Alter for Time. She was so intent on being smart and snarky and critical – that she revealed a complete lack of knowledge about the musical upon which the movie was based. The commenters on her review are ripping her a new one.

    http://entertainment.time.com/2013/12/06/how-do-you-solve-a-problem-like-carrie-underwood/

  • breakdown

    Who says it’s one time? Maybe they’ll repeat it every year although I hope not.

  • breakdown

    Yea, I thought the kids were good especially the 3 littlest ones.

  • Matthew Richards

    Oh, this wasn’t her first time acting? I’m kind of less impressed then.

  • jobeob987

    It’s no secret that I was skeptical about Carrie’s ability to take over the iconic role of Maria. I knew she could handle the vocal part of the equation just fine. Overall, I was very pleased with the production. I felt that Carrie possessed an innocence, an openness and a genuiness. I could picture her as someone in Maria’s position. Some of her scenes felt flat yet some of them were pretty good, imo. I thought she had great chemistry with the children and with the Reverend Mother. The children were delightful and I really enjoyed the scenes with Elsa and Max (he was SO good!). The only person I didn’t care for was Stephen. He seemed so uptight and angry and spoke in a clipped tone and rushed his scenes (it felt like it, anyway). Christopher Plummer was able to inject a sense of humor and vulnerability into his interpretation of Georg. Stephen had no chemistry with anyone (Maria, the children, even Max and Elsa). I found the middle part of the musical to be so so, however, things picked up again for me during the last hour.

    I felt entertained for the most part and I understand that for any production, the first night may be more rough. Most actors have time during a show’s run to really get into their characters and work out the kinks. These actors had a one-shot deal so I take that into account as well. The singing was wonderful and I was able to overlook the areas I was less pleased with and was able to focus on the good stuff: family, faith, staying true to what one believes and doing what is right. I found the ending to be very emotional and uplifting and that’s what I expected from SOM.

  • breakdown

    You should watch the movie to compare. Yes it’s corny but Julie Andrews will show you how this role should be played.

  • breakdown

    There are other singer/actresses. It didn’t have to be Carrie.

  • windmills

    Wui Zhuan Lim: for a musical, what else do you really want?

    Well, let’s be fair. “Musical” is shorthand for “musical theater,” so it’s only natural to talk about acting too. Expectations for the style and quality of the acting may be all over the map, and same with opinions as to how various cast members did as actors. But by definition of the genre, it’s going to be part of the conversation.

  • breakdown

    Yea they watched out of curiosity and because this is December and not much else is on.

  • breakdown

    Wait! Carrie IS from Oklahoma haha.

  • HKfan
  • Sassycatz

    What else do you want?

    Well … an actress who sings. I know we have some.

  • Sassycatz
  • Sassycatz

    I would love it if they did more musicals on television, live or otherwise, but NOT if they use people in the lead who can’t act as well as sing and, perhaps, dance. I just don’t think that’s something I’d like to see again and again. One time was enough.

  • fuzzywuzzy
  • Bonnie DeMoss

    Wow, I just read this. It’s embarrassing for Time that their entertainment reviewer didn’t know the difference between the play and the movie.

  • Tess Herself

    I am probably Carrie’s most ardent critic and have been disparaging her for years about her wooden body and her inability to emote. That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed the show last night and caught myself singing out loud more than once. And my choice for best of the night was little Gretel…and the rest of the children were wonderful.

    What I think is often forgotten is that this was a do it once production based on five weeks of rehearsals…no do overs, no spliced together scenes, no multi takes, no throw it out and lets start over like in the movie. And Julie Andrews didn’t sing live…her songs were taped and so she never had to worry about hitting the right note while trying to act at the same time. (even though I know she was capable of doing so).

    For what the show was I thought it was a good 3 hours of TV, and I actual stayed awake. Carrie did OK for what she brought to the table, Steven did fine with a character who is written as a real douche bag turned marshmallow. The supporting cast were adequate, the camera men did an outstanding job, and the only lines flubbed were by grown men who should have known better.

  • Corrine43180

    I made it about 2/3 through then gave up. Carrie’s singing was technically good, but I didn’t feel any emotion coming from her at all. She and Stephan Moyer were so wooden, I was cringing. Got to give Carrie A for effort, but C- for execution.

  • Incipit

    Thanks, peoples, for bringing the selection of reviews. I’m slightly aggravated that just as I was settling in to watch this, a ‘situation’ arose, and I was only able to catch snatches of the show. I will try again (if the network airs it again) – but meanwhile – –

    The review from The Daily Beast seemed the closest to my experience – and one of the few that took all the facets of what was happening here into consideration was also the Washington Post review.

    The “People Who Ought To Know Better” award is presented to the Time reviewer for Willful Ignorance – the comments section there as the readers schooled the reviewer on the Broadway play with the book by Rogers and Hammerstein is ALMOST, but not quite as much fun as the DiGiorno Pizza tweets – which were splendid!

    IMO. Of Course.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I think that the WP review is pretty fair and fits with my opinion of the telecast.

    ETA: lol Good for DiGiorno for getting in on the SOML twitter action.

  • Tess Herself

    Just ambling down memory lane..

    The movies fill the roles in musicals with actors who totally can’t sing (Natalie Wood, Audrey Hepburn), or choose actors over performers (Chicago, Les Miz) or get it all wrong (Phantom) or choose singers who can’t act a lick (Beyonce in Dream Girls). It’s all about selling tickets. And TV is no better (Kat in Smash (now that’s horrible acting) and many in the cast of Nashville, and Glee is an absolute insult to the “musical” genre in my opinion.

    Its just too bad that the entertainment industry has very few multi talented performers that can sing, dance, act, bring it big on stage and play with nuance in close ups and who can win the hearts of a large varied audience.

  • Ria.

    A live play is very different from a major motion picture. The movie The Sound of Music is one of the most beloved and iconic of all time. The producers of this play found a way to retell the story for the masses without trying to recreate the movie. It was a bold and interesting thing to do. I personally found it delightful.
    I am bored by any reviewers who focus on comparing it to the movie.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    They would have worked, but just not on a major televised event.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Yeah, I was very disappointed in Stephen Moyer’s acting.

  • LA944

    There are triple threats out there. They are on Broadway/off Broadway or in road companies. Maybe they can’t get hired. It’s just that talent isn’t that important in the over all in the industry. Especially, in the music industry.

  • CanadianLady

    Ah, you just made me want to watch a Danny Kaye movie. Or Ginger and Fred.

  • Guest

    I’m a huge Carrie fan, but only made it a bit over 1/3 of the way.

    Same feeling as you and this review.

    http://www.freep.com/article/20131206/ENT03/312060058/1035/ENT/-Sound-Music-little-off

  • Tess Herself

    I think I’ll go watch “Singing in the Rain” now.

  • Amy Beth

    I was trying to figure out the difference between the CP and SM portrayals of the Captain. I think Plummer gave him a world-weariness where Moyer just came off as p.o.’ed.

  • Craigin

    Last night reminded me of how rude and awful Americans can be about anyone who tries to do something new, different, or simply something of joy to bring the family together. I truly believe that this production was done with the good intent of bringing a wholesome, nostalgic and fun-for-the-whole-family programing to us for the Christmas season. (of course they wanted to make money too but that’s always a factor) The gall people have on Twitter is astounding. Everyone thinks they are a qualified critic. While this is nothing new and many people from Miley to Gaga to George Bush have suffered worse insults on Twitter than anyone associated with TSOML will ever receive, the fact that something that was meant to bring nostalgia and joy was so horribly derided on such a public platform really brought home to me how incredibly rude our culture is. We LOVE to tear down and God-forbid we enjoy something for what it is. We rarely follow our mother’s advice: “If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” I know everyone is entitled to an opinion (and this is mine! LOL) but come on people- HAVE A LITTLE CLASS!
    By the above statement, I do not mean anyone on this forum.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    The producer of SOML not only wanted someone with a substantial fan base, but apparently one that was religious or spiritual as well.

    The ‘Smash’ producer also wanted to ensure that this production’s ‘Maria’ had a built-in fan base, and Underwood, who won Season 4 of American Idol before going on to country music fame, fit the casting bill to a tee. “I think it’s very important, especially in a piece like this, a musical that deals with religion and nuns, that she has that fan base,” Zadan says. “There’s an element in faith-based belief in the show. The spirituality in the show lends itself to Carrie’s core audience.”

    http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Carrie-Underwood-on-SOUND-OF-MUSIC-I-Knew-I-Had-the-Furthest-to-Go-20131104

  • CanadianLady

    Yeah, I agree. One of the novelists I follow on Twitter – one I assumed was a nice person – was in the Snark camp and tweeted nonstop about every single thing she didn’t like. I unfollowed her after the first hour. But it seemed to be a thoughtless game to her. I was appalled.

  • CanadianLady

    Yeah, them too.

  • CanadianLady

    I haven’t watched yet. We taped it A. to skip commercials, and B. because the Cdn curling trials are on and there was a game last night between the two first place men’s team and that’s not the sort of thing you watch later.

    But I was reading all the comments here and am looking forward to watching. Having seen Carrie in Soul Surfer, I didn’t have high expectations of her acting but I thought she’d be competent in that area, and from what I’ve heard the singing seems to be great. So I expect to enjoy it.

  • jakeandlizzie

    I am a huge fan of Carrie Underwood and enjoyed the show because of that. There was great music by talented individuals. I wished this had been taped because it would haven given the director the opportunity to improve Carrie’s performance..considering her limited acting experience. I think that NBC did this because it added more money to their progressive causes- they are just another rich corporation. I bought the music on iTunes and downloaded the production on my iPad and will enjoy the production for a long time. Being critical of a performance is okay but being critical of an individual like on Twitter is two different things. God bless all the actors and those involved in this most difficult undertalking.

  • LA944

    That is what I’ve been saying. They want ratings and reaching Carrie’s audience will help. I think she was brave to do this. People who expected it to be as good as the movie aren’t thinking it out. Besides, the talent portion–let’s face it-there was none of that beautiful outdoor scenery. Even if they could have assembled the original Broadway cast–it would have still paled in comparison to the movie IMO. And like or not–most everyone is comparing it to the movie.

    Carrie has a wonderful voice. Does she have a voice like Julie A –hell no. But, few in the universe do. She was one of the greatest ever. She was on the stage since she was a little girl. Remarkable talent for the ages.

    I never thought of it as a faith based show though. I don’t know–maybe the stage production a little more so than the movie.

    Anyway–I enjoyed it.

  • Tinawina

    I taped this last night but haven’t watched it yet, because I promised my daughter we’d watch it together. So I’m probably premature in saying this… but I agree with you. Twitter was out of control last night. I was surprised at just how MEAN some of those comments were. I thought it was nice that NBC was even trying something like this and I figured it was understood that most of these actors were not Broadway professionals, this was more of a nice holiday family event type thing IMO. People were acting like everyone involved – I even saw people insulting the CHILDREN – horrible compared to the movie and beaten with a thousand wet noodles, doomed to walk the streets in shame forever. I mean my goodness, it was a bit kicking puppies-ish out there on the interwebs last night. It was like Mean Girls or Heathers only there were men too. Yikes.

  • maymay

    I really enjoyed the whole show, and give it 4 out of 5 stars. It was highly better than I expected.

    I liked some relationships between characters. One of them was Maria and Mother Abbess with sacred and spiritual moments that made me have goose bumps through my body and tears in my eyes. Another, of course, was kids with every adult. That was pure and cute. I laughed and smiled the whole time when kids showed up.

    The end was heavy and sad but it made the romantic story more convincing and less cheesy.

    As for Carrie, she sang graet. Her acting was not perfect but smooth. I am surprised that Carrie did a decent job considering that she is not a actress, and this is a live show. Well done, Carrie.

    Well, I will definately watch it again. Because the music and singing are so excellent.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “I never thought of it as a faith based show though. I don’t know–maybe the stage production a little more so than the movie”

    I didn’t think that the stage production was more “faith-based” than the movie. I think that the producer was referring to the struggle that Maria has in choosing between becoming a nun and a secular life as a wife and mother. Still, I really don’t ever think of the SoM (last night’s version or the movie) as requiring an audience that is religious or spiritual to appreciate the story.

  • Tess Herself

    just for comparison…this is a scene from 1957’s Cinderella (live on TV) starring Julie Andrews. I think the whole thing is on you tube.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhGdav5_t7M

  • Lucy

    I would have more respect for Carrie Underwood if she had reigned in her ego and realized that she was unsuited for this role. When you’re cast in a play, it’s not enough to be able to sing well, you have to be able to play the role as well. And Carrie just doesn’t have the skill set to do it, which she should have known.
    And unfortunately, sharing a stage with McDonald, Borle and Bernanti, three great theatre talents, made Carrie look even worse in comparison.

  • elliegrll

    So far the household ratings look great. The show had a 10.8 hh rating, which was 8% above the Big Bang Theory.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Ratings Breakdown:

    Given the low benchmark for comparison, there was every reason to believe the live production of “The Sound of Music” would ignite NBC. But a 10.9 rating/18 share in the household overnights from 8-11 p.m. is more than anyone could have expected. And it proves both the value, and importance, of event type programming on network television. It is still very relevant.

    “The Sound of Music Live!” opened with a 10.9/18 in the 8 p.m. half-hour, which was eight percent above the 10.1/16 for normally undefeated “The Big Bang Theory” on CBS (10.1/16). And it ended with a still stellar 10.5/17 at 10:30 p.m., with a first-place finish in each of the six half-hours as follows:

    8:00 p.m.: 10.9/18
    8:30 p.m.: 11.5/18
    9:00 p.m.: 11.3/18
    9:30 p.m.: 11.2/18
    10:00 p.m.: 10.5/17
    10:30 p.m.: 10.0/17

    Comparably, “The Sound of Music Live!” bested the year-ago combination of “30 Rock,” “Up All Night,” “The Office,” “Parks and Recreation” and “Rock Center With Brian Williams” by a mammoth 319 percent, with similar overnight gains over the current season line-up. The bottom line: This is a massive win for both NBC and the entire television landscape, and proof that network television can still steam up the water-cooler. Congratulations, NBC!

    http://www.tvmediainsights.com/highlights/36102/friday-december-6-2013/

  • weareallinnocent

    Personally, I don’t see an overinflated ego as a characteristic that drives Carrie Underwood.

  • jobeob987

    LOL, exactly. Christopher Plummer’s Georg was able to laugh a little while Stephen Moyer’s was stiffer than stiff and very pissed off. Carrie seemed almost too intimidated by him at times.

  • weareallinnocent

    Impressive! Congrats to all involved~

  • Craigin

    Agreed. She’s a tryer. I’m sure they approached her for this role and she figured she might as well give it a shot. Carrie has never struck me as someone with as big ego- she seems quite grounded.

  • Incipit

    This is actually great news, IMO. I am interested in the possibilities it opens for Network television to offer some variety in Event Programming to viewers – all it had to do was get the ratings and prove it could make some money. No small task.

    It would be lovely to have some choices in that genre beyond the interminable self-congratulatory “Award” shows. NBC was brave to take the first step, I think – let’s see who can dare to follow.

    JMO.

  • elliegrll

    Double post

  • elliegrll

    Demo ratings from TVMojo:

    4.6 Adults 18-49

    7.0 Women 25-54

    5.8 Women 18-34

    3.1 Men 18-49

    18.5 million viewers

    Household rating for Oklahoma City: 20.7

    https://twitter.com/TVMoJoe/with_replies

  • weareallinnocent

    Yes, variety, please!

  • Sassycatz

    I would love to see more live or variety shows, sans awards too. (But, not necessarily repeat this one every year.)

  • jan

    I thought the ratings would be good. I kept an eye on the twitter hashtag SoundOfMusicLive. It kept going for hours – with many comments every minute. Sure some people were commenting just to snark – but even more were tweeting their enjoyment. I think people were just ready for something different (and family-oriented) for the holiday season.

  • pj

    I checked twitter once and was kinda amused. I didn’t see a lot of mean… just a bit of snark. My favorite was a tweet that said “If things had been different 8 years ago, Bo Bice would have been playing Maria.”

    That said, did someone hack into the DiGiorno pizza account. Those tweets were bizarre.

  • pj

    I guess I missed most of that. Glad I only glanced.

  • Bonnie DeMoss

    Agree. I’m thinking of the horrible singing in “Mama Mia”

  • Amy Beth

    I ‘d like to see the demo for kids.

  • raya

    Seems like NBC will have the last laugh today as the gamble paid off in ratings. It doesn’t matter if people were watching just to snark or not since at the end of the day it’s about ratings and money. I didn’t particularly care for it one way or another as I’ve never been a big Sound of Music fan (don’t shoot me), but if this opens the door for more of these type of events I’m all good. Plus I not so secretly get some glee out of this doing well just to counteract all the over the top dramatics last night about Carrie’s performance. I don’t think her acting is very good, but I also don’t think the Sound of Music is some holy grail that should never be touched.

  • maymay

    Considering the amazing ratings, I think Carrie has unintentionally led a revolution for TV`s future.

    Since Carrie was blamed the whole time before airing, now she can get the credit for the high ratings

  • Craigin

    I will admit, there were some funny ones and I loved the DiGiorno feed- SO FUNNY! But a lot were downright viscous and it was sad :(

  • pj

    It’s very possible I missed the mean ones. I tend to skip over stuff that I don’t like. Plus, I only checked once for like 5 minutes. The good news is that it was a ratings success and hopefully everyone involved will take THAT to heart and let everything else roll off their backs.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    There were a lot that were funny without being nasty.

  • Lucy

    Yes, there was an episode of the series “Biography” about the Trapp Family Singers. They interviewed some of the “children” (they were quite old at that point), and Maria and Georg’s son Johannes. They indicated that Maria had a strong personality and could be quite difficult to get along with. Ironically, Georg was actually the more kind-hearted person.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    ” she can get the credit for the high ratings”

    That’s why the producers cast her, and it worked (regardless of what her performance was like).

  • girlygirl

    The reviews I’ve seen were mixed, at best, but you can’t argue with the ratings. The question is were the ratings driven by Carrie or by fans of TSOM itself? But I would bet NBC will be doing more live events like this.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    They are going to broadcast this again before Xmas. It will be interesting to see the ratings for the repeat.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    More reviews;

    People: http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20763511,00.html?xid=rss-topheadlines&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+people%2Fheadlines+%28PEOPLE.com%3A+Top+Headlines%29

    USA Today: http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/tv/2013/12/05/nbc-the-sound-of-music-bianco-review/3879119/

  • Sassycatz

    A thought occurred to me last night as I watching this. When a contestant wasn’t “doing it” for Simon Cowell on Idol, he would dismissively suggest that they’d be better for Broadway, like it was second rate to being a pop star. And here, there’s proof that being a good Broadway-type performer, who can act, sing, and dance is very damn hard!

  • Miz

    Oh good. I fell asleep in the last hour and missed the ending. I should never lie down to watch TV. Thankfully it will be online to watch later.

  • taylor

    “We rarely follow our mother’s advice: “If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”

    People aren’t going to follow this on social media, whether it is blog sites or twitter. There is no reason to get nasty, but having an opinion, peppered with a little snark, is not nasty. Giving opinions is not tearing down.
    Do you follow this rule? Do you give negative opinions about Simon? Jlo? Contestants on the shows covered here? That is the same thing that people were doing last night.

    Americans? It’s just Americans that are rude or critical on social media? lol

  • Miz

    Glad I don’t hang out on the internet when I’m enjoying a TV show, or movie, or concert. I think people act like jerks just because they can.

  • Miz

    THe DiGiorno’s tweets are funny … and a bit of shameless self-promotion. Nothing wrong with that.

  • Miz

    Incipit, I just got done watching it online at nbc.com. I missed the last 45 minutes last night due to a sudden bout of sleepiness during the umpteenth Walmart commercial.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Opinions from the Von Trapp children in the SOM movie:

    http://popwatch.ew.com/2013/12/06/sound-of-music-original-von-trapp-children/

  • Incipit

    Geeze, the “original film”? There’s only one SOM movie. These people are confused.

    Couldn’t they find anyone to interview that was in the original run of the Broadway play? Or didn’t they even try…?

  • fuzzywuzzy

    This is fun. Ariane (who played Liesl in SOML) tweeted as she watched the show on hulu, starting with this tweet:

    Ariane Rinehart ?@arianerinehart 13h
    Stunning opening. #SOML

    https://twitter.com/arianerinehart

  • fuzzywuzzy

    SOML has a score of 53 on metacritic (based on 10 reviews):

    http://www.metacritic.com/tv/the-sound-of-music-live!/critic-reviews

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Interview with the director of SOML in the NY Times:

    ” ‘Sound of Music’ Director on What Went Right — and Wrong”

    http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/12/06/sound-of-music-director-on-what-went-right-and-wrong/?smid=fb-share&_r=1&