Carrie Underwood must have felt enormous pressure, from all sides Thursday night, during the three-hour telecast on NBC of the ambitious production, “The Sound of Music Live!.” This was the first time in 50 years a staged musical has been presented on live television. Naturally there was the inevitable comparison of Julie Andrews. Her stellar feature film performance raised the bar to unfathomable heights for any future Maria Von Trapp.
“American Idol” fans will remember Carrie as one of the finalists, and eventual winner, during Season 4 back in 2005. That was a long time ago since her days on live television. Most of all is Underwood’s lack of musical theatre experience. Ironically, one of her competitors during her “American Idol” run featured a graduate of The Boston Conservatory, Constantine Maroulis.
However, jumping into one of the most challenging and iconic Broadway productions takes operatic precision. If ever there was someone out of her comfort zone, it would be Carrie Underwood. With that being said, and taking all of this into consideration, Underwood did an admirable job. Best known for her country and pop music hits, yet tackling any composition from Rodgers and Hammerstein she handled it well. Initially in the live telecast, you could sense some nervousness. Afterwards, Carrie eased into her role to the very end. If you’re a fan of this country superstar you can be proud of her performance.