This is totally NOT education related.
I'm just a person who loves musical theatre, aching to share my thoughts about The Sound of Music - Live!
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My apologies. I couldn't find any Sound of Music pictures that weren't copyrighted, so I'm putting up pictures of when I was in Nunsense, just to get you in the mood.(In the above picture, I'm on the right, playing Sister Amnesia. My daughter is in the middle, playing the novice Sister Leo.)
Now back to The Sound of Music-Live! As a musical theatre fan, I applaud NBC for bringing live theatre to the public. As most people can't afford to see live theatre, it was a thrill to know how many non-theatre goers were getting to see something live! I'm hoping this trend continues.
Here are a few other things that NBC did right:
The chose a well known musical. I've found most people prefer to see a show they are familiar with. I know a lot of people that were very excited to see this! It was seen by a whole lot of people!
They chose a big star for the lead. Carrie Underwood is an amazing singer. Many people tuned in just to see her.
They cast the children well, especially Liesl. (I hope this lifts her career, she really nailed the role!) Kurt was pretty cool, too.
They used the original 1959 Rogers and Hammerstein script, and kept the music in the original keys.
(They didn't try to imitate the 1965 movie which had some songs added, some songs omitted, and all Julie Andrew's songs were transposed, as she's a soprano. The original Maria - Mary Martin- and Carrie Underwood have lower voices.)
The nuns' vocals were amazing. The nuns were never my favorite part of the production for me, but they had an important part in the storyline. Plus, the vocals at the beginning of the song, as well as the wedding, are beautiful. (By the way, when I did this production 5 or 6 years ago, I was Sister Margaretta.)
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Mother Superior really nailed her theme song: Climb Every Mountain.
I've been singing that song since I saw the movie at 10, and this interpretation was extremely powerful.
Some things that didn't work for me:
It didn't have the feel of live theatre. There was no live music or applause. The camera work was well done, but also made it harder to believe it was live theatre.
The wedding dress was horrible! It didn't fit the time period at all, and it wasn't flattering. It bothered me that Maria didn't have the veil over her face while she walked down the aisle. It also bothered me that the nuns weren't sequestered. In every version of the show I've seen, the nuns were sequestered, and on the other side of the gate at the wedding.
Most of the choreography was lame.
NBC took a big risk hiring a non-actor to perform such a huge role.
Carrie Underwood took a huge risk to attempt such a huge role for her first attempt at acting.
Kudos to her for giving it a shot! We all know her singing was excellent.
I'm hoping next time they find someone who has some experience.
There are plenty of big names out there who can sing AND act!
I think the best part of the show was... people are still talking about it!
I'd love to see another theatre performance televised.
Here are some examples of shows I'd love to see:
Guys and Dolls
A Chorus Line
Thoroughly Modern Millie
What musical would you like to see done live on television?