The Sound of Music Live With Carrie Underwood: As Bad As Advertised?

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Last night, NBC aired a three-hour live performance of The Sound of Music, the world's most famous and beloved musical of all time, starring Carrie Underwood.

The country star played Maria von Trapp, a role originated onstage by Mary Martin and belonging forever to Julie Andrews, who starred in the 1965 film.

It was a project seemingly destined for failure and ripe with opportunities for public mockery and unflattering comparisons to the original classic.

But was NBC's The Sound of Music really as bad as advertised?

Carrie Underwood in the Sound of Music

Underwood is, by all accounts, a talented singer and a terrific person, and came off as both last night. As an actress, on the other hand, she seemed ...

Pedestrian? Miscast? For many, it was hard to put your finger on.

The Sound of Music has a big cast, but it is Maria's show, and many reviewers felt that the American Idol winner lacked the gravitas to get it done.

With her on camera were theater veterans Audra McDonald, Christian Borle and Laura Bernanti, along with Michael Campayno and Ariane Reinhardt.

Her love interest, Captain von Trapp, was played by Stephen Moyer (True Blood), who also sang better than you might think. But beyond that?

The chemistry wasn't as palpable as it could have been.

Musicals can work on TV, but it can be tough. It's not true television and not true theater, making the jokes and dialogue feel a little stilted at times.

If nothing else, you have to give The Sound of Music credit as great theater, even if it felt a little out of place on prime time TV in the format it was presented.

What did you think of NBC's The Sound of Music?

 

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Enjoyed it.

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Really,a country singer in Austria in 1937? Also, I agree a black mother superior? That does not make sense for the time. Carrie needs to stick to singing country. She was lifeless and flat all thru the performance; a deer in the headlights. Bad, just plain bad performance.

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Carrie Underwood is an amazingly talented woman. Unfortunately, they took away her charm by neutralizing her southern accent. With the character of Maria sounding like an American news broadcaster instead of the captivating, adventuresome, Austrian Nun she was supposed to be, Carrie's Maria came off as stilted. I would much preferred her to use her natural speaking voice. As a play, it was well done.

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For those who watched thinking they would see a remake of the movie you would find some disappointment. This was an adaptation of the play. The only thing missing from this was the chemistry between the leads. The talent was there, the chemistry was not. I congratulate them for trying. Well done!

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This was a production of the STAGE PLAY not a remake of the movie. The comparison to Julie Andrews is like apples and oranges. I watched with my 8 year old and she loved it. The movie version is her favorite movie and she found this version delightful.Carrie Underwood was on that stage with seasoned Broadway actors and I thought held her own considering it was her first acting gig. I also love the fact that this allowed people who could never afford to bring their families to a live performance the opportunity to see something like this. Cudos to the cast and NBC. To all you haters..please let it go and just enjoy for a change.

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Actually, I was just reading NBC News and it says that the Sound of Music with Carrie Underwood was a gigantic ratings boost for NBC. They said a lot of people and children watched it. It is an excellent classic movie. Carrie did wonderful and is beautiful, but of course the original with Julie Andrews is hard to beat.

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THOUGHT THE SHOW WAS WONDERFUL AS WAS CARRIE UNDERWOOD. I READ WHERE SHE HAS AL OF HER LINES MEMORIZED ON DAY ONE OF PRACTICE. AND I DO NOT THINK YOU CAN COMPARE A PLAY TO A MOVIE.

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no no no, Even Worse!!

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really a BLACK mother superior nun in 1937 Austria... HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH.
What a joke, turned it right when I saw that.

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I think one reason it seemed a little 'off' is because it was more like a 'stage play', which is exactly what it was, instead of a full length movie like the original. But all in all I really enjoyed it! I think they all did a great job, and Carrie was even able to tear up at the right moments! Live TV would be terrifying!! Great job to all!!

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@ faith

You're wrong faith. The original was a Broadway play AND it starred Mary Martin.

Carrie Underwood Biography

Carrie Underwood, Bangs Carrie Underwood, a native of Checotah, Oklahoma, rose to fame when she was named the winner of American Idol Season 4. Then Carrie... More »
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Carrie Underwood Quotes

I feel more beautiful when I see the pictures after. I'm like, 'I wish I had felt like I looked like that when I was actually there.'

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