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‘The Sound of Music, Live!’ Review

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Tonight we have a special showing as one of the most beloved stories, The Sound of Music is going to be performed live on a stage and broadcast on NBC.

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Carrie Underwood stars as Maria, which was most famously played by Julia Andrews in the 1965 movie. Stephen Moyer (TV’s ‘True Blood’) will be playing Captain von Trapp, who was played by Christopher Plummer in the movie.

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The show will have some of the more famous songs such as “The Sound of Music”, “My Favorite Things”, “Do-Re-Mi”, “Sixteen Going on Seventeen”, “Climb Every Mountain”, and “Edelweiss”. This version will be more faithful to the musical version that is in the theater, rather than the movie so there should be some surprises for the fans that have only seen the movie.

Here's the list of all the songs performed:

“The Hills Are Alive” performed by Carrie Underwood

“Maria” performed by the nuns

“My Favorite Things” performed by Carrie Underwood and Audra McDonald

“Do-Re-Mi” performed by Carrie Underwood, Sophia Anne Caruso, Peyton Ella, Michael Nigro, Ariane Rinehart, Grace Rundhaug, Ella Watts-Gorman, Joe West.

“Sixteen Going on Seventeen” performed by Ariana Rinehart and Michael Campayno

“The Lonely Goatherd” performed by Carrie Underwood

“How Can Love Survive?“ performed by Laura Benanti and Christian Borle

“So Long, Farewell” performed by Sophia Anne Caruso, Peyton Ella, Michael Nigro, Ariane Rinehart, Grace Rundhaug, Ella Watts-Gorman, Joe West, and Stephen Moyer

“No Way to Stop It” performed by Laura Benanti, Christian Borle, and Stephen Moyer

“Climb Ev’ry Mountain” performed by Audra McDonald and Carrie Underwood

“Something Good” performed by Carrie Underwood and Stephen Moyer

“Sixteen Going on Seventeen” performed by Carrie Underwood and Ariane Rinehart

“Edelweiss” Performed by Stephen Moyer

This is the first time that a musical is brought to the small screen live. The last time this happened was in 1957 when “Cinderella” was shown on CBS. And as irony would have it, that musical starred Julie Andrews.

For live performances I know we all like to look and see how many times we can catching them messing up and what happens because of it. If there was someone with cue cards, it was hard to tell. The actors didn’t look off screen as if they were looking at cue cards. It’s impressive if they really did memorize the lines.

The pressure was on Carrie Underwood as she very limited acting experience, but she does know what it’s like to perform live as being a singer, plus all those times she hosted different Country Award shows. There were some parts where she messed up her lines, but she recovered nicely as she kept going on with the show without stopping or putting emphasis on the mess up.

Stephen Moyer played Captain von Trapp and did a good job as the father of seven. He was able to capture that rough around the edges man who tried to block everyone out because he’s afraid to get close to anyone after his wife’s death. I hadn’t realized that he could sing pretty well. He has what I like to call a Broadway voice, you know good enough for musicals but wouldn’t be good enough to be a musician.

The kids did very well that you couldn’t even tell that they were all new to the stage. Some of them had some stage experience with their respective schools, but this was the first time that any of them were on this big of stage and they did not falter.

Now of course there is a small romance story involving Captain von Trapp and Maria. The best scene for these two was when he showed her a dance at his party. It is really the only time I could feel a connection between Maria and von Trapp. Their big reunion was ok at but got a little better during their duet.

When it gets to the climax of the story, panic starts to set in as Captain von Trapp is selected to join the German army and how the von Trapp family escapes to Switzerland to get away from them. This was a good part as panic usually brings out the best in actors and this was no different. It was a beautiful conclusion for the movie.

Overall, it was a very good production as we watch this beautiful production come to life. The Sound of Music is one of those stories that we’ve all grown up loving and to see it done this way was nice. I’m not going to compare it to the movie because that’s not fair. Considering it was live it makes it that much more impressive as there wasn’t really any big mess ups and using the studio helped have different angles with the camera.

It was a good show and it is something that I wouldn’t mind if they continued doing in the future.


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