I don’t understand
I could watch this all day.
My pulse just accelerated.
“Tell her, this is the story of Amelia Pond.”
You go girl. Ignore those haters. I don’t usually blog about things like this, but my girl is taking an unnecessary beating and it just ain’t right. My Facebook and Twitter blew up last night with people criticizing Carrie Underwood’s performance as Maria in NBC’s live presentation of “The Sound Of Music”. Maybe I’m in the minority on this one, but I actually enjoyed it. Here’s why:
- I get it. Carrie Underwood is in fact not Julie Andrews, nor is Carrie British (or Austrian for that matter) - my expectations were properly calibrated. I recall the same outrage back in 1995 when Jewel dared to portray Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz in Concert: Dreams Come True. Well, that really was awful. Or most recently when Anne Hathaway was cast in the movie musical version of Les Misérables. I found Carrie pleasant and consistent. Her voice helped carry her performance and made up for her lack of acting experience.
- I haven’t seen live musical theater performed on prime time television in decades. In an era where the Kardashians, Extreme Couponing and Here Comes Honey Boo Boo are considered entertainment, this was a welcome diversion.
- Hooray for risk takers! Clearly Carrie didn’t need the money. And connecting her fan base to musical theater is brilliant. Keeping this genre alive is important, and many people may have watched their first live musical theater performance ever as a result of Carrie being cast in the lead role.
- Broadway veteran Audra McDonald was amazing. I think she actually brought Carrie to tears in the “Climb Every Mountain” scene.
- It was refreshing to see the stage version once again (hadn’t seen it since 1987 at The Muny when Debby Boone played Maria) and I enjoyed the songs that are not included in the movie version.
- This was live. I don’t know if many people can really appreciate what that means. All the camera angles and people remembering their lines, lyrics, staging, choreography, costume changes, hitting their marks, etc. And the performance began and ended exactly on time.
So it may not go down in history as the most epic television event in history, but for what it was, I think it was “Something Good”. And now back to your regularly scheduled programming.
Agree with all of this. I’ll admit, I poked some fun at the broadcast last night, mostly for some costuming and stage direction that I found amusing, but I agree that the singing was not an issue for me (Yes, Carrie sang some of the songs a bit lower than Julie Andrews, but really, the apples-to-apples comparison shouldn’t be with the movie; it should be with the original stage show. If we’re going to compare Carrie to anyone, it should be Mary Martin.)
Now I’ll admit, I saw the movie first (last night was actually my first experience with the stage version), so I have great love for that version, and for Julie Andrews. She is my Maria. But not everyone has seen the movie, and of those that have, not everyone prefers the movie. But that’s beside the point.
Plenty of people can watch a musical and love it without strong ties to the actors playing the roles. I’ve seen Les Misérables half a dozen times live, plus the concert versions and the movie, and while yes, I have certain actors I prefer in each role, I love the show. That’s why I keep coming back. The story, the music, the staging. Not the cast. And my hope is that last night, a new generation of fans discovered the beauty of The Sound of Music and fell in love. Both with this show, and with this form of storytelling.
I love musicals, people. I think they are lovely and timeless in a way no other artform is. And while no, The Sound of Music Live was not perfect or life-changing, I glad that we got a full-length, well-publicized, high-production-value musical with a talented cast on network TV in prime time. And that people watched. A lot of people, judging by my Twitter feed. Because hopefully people tuning in for The Sound of Music Live will get us more live musical theater on television, so that more people can discover the shows that those of us who grew up loving musical theater know so well.
In my book, that’s a good thing.
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So much love for this weird, weird movie.
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