When first aired, I began to watch Sound of Music with Carrie Underwood on television. When I realized it was a play, I immediately channel surfed to find something more entertaining. I thought the only thing worse than a play was a play on television.
Television is for movies, documentaries, news broadcasts, sit coms and the like. Television is most definitely NOT for plays.
When SOM was rerun as only television can do, I watched it because there really wasn’t anything else on of interest. Although Ms. Underwood did a respectable job of acting and of course, singing, the program was still a disappointment.
I was disappointed because it is sacrilege to do SOM in anything less than a movie remake. I have since found out the intent was to mimic the Broadway play. Big mistake. Even on Broadway, Sound of Music should not be produced. It is an insult to Julie Andrews and the cast of the original movie.
Still, the television play version was mildly entertaining until the wedding scene where it was obvious that the bride was walking in a circle stalling until she reached the altar. It was silly.
The drama of surviving Nazi Germany’s terror was also downplayed in the television play. Admittedly, this was also not emphasized in the original movie, but it was almost completely lost in the latest version.
I sincerely hope this version does not reappear each year. I am sorry for Ms Underwood that this wasn’t produced in movie format. She would have been stunning.
I give this latest play for television of Sound of Music a thumbs down.