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Ariane Rinehart as Liesl


Now this is what the Sound of Music should be like. The amazing Ariane Rinehart, as Liesl, is a great example of amazing singing and acting in such a widely known and admired character. Her male counterpart is forgettable for sure, but Rinehart’s performance is strong and remarkably memorable. This performance will not be forgotten any time soon. Young actresses will look up to Rinehart and her performance of Sixteen Going on Seventeen for years to come.
She is a strong character all around and easily upstages Carrie Underwood on many levels. Her singing is extraordinary for the part. Underwood is an amazing singer, but as Maria she is simply good. Something Rinehart easily has over Underwood is her amazing acting talents. Underwood looks uncomfortable throughout much of the live event and it comes through in every scene she is in, but it also comes out in her singing. She is not as strong and powerful as when she is in her natural country element. Rinehart has a knack for the musical theater world. She is a natural at the Liesl part. It may have been years of hard work growing up, but if so, it greatly paid off.
In the video attached she speaks of the long audition process. NBC and the casting department did a great job choosing and casting Ariane Rinehart for the part of Liesl. Audience members should keep an eye out for her. If she is not a famous Broadway actor soon, then who knows where audience members might see her pop up to surprise the world. Maybe she will end up continuing with television or even films. The film industry has made many strides with transitioning musicals into television and film. Recently, they did live singing during the filming process of Les Miserables, which is probably where NBC got the idea of doing the Sound of Music live.


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