Last night NBC aired, it's updated and live telecast of Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1965 critically acclaimed smash hit "The Sound of Music." This highly anticipated remake was the first live broadcast of a musical in over 50 years, but unfortunately fell short a few notes. "Let's start from the very beginning, a very good place to start..." Carrie Underwood's acting seemed like she was holding in a fart.
Carrie Underwood has an incredibly angelic voice that is argumentally one of the best in the world, however her acting abilities are in no comparison to that of Julie Andrews. She hit every note and brought every song to life, but when she spoke, it fell flat and dry. And what's with the accent? This film takes place in 1939 Austria and she sounds straight out of a Tennessee Williams play minus the passion and heart. She had complete confidence in her songs, but when reciting her lines she seemed like a robot reading a teleprompter. It was not believable and fell flatter than Kate Moss's chest.
The children were wonderful, quite a talented bunch they are, however their version of "So long, farewell" just didn't have the oomph it should have. It was hard to focus on them when all I kept thinking was, "Is Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) going to eat his children?" It was quite a surprise to see Stephen Moyer in a completely different role than that of Vampire Bill Compton, but was it all that different?
Moyer always seems like he's putting on a show to prove that he can put on a show. And his singing is comparable to Pierce Brosnan in “Mamma Mia." Not to mention, the chemistry between Underwood and Moyer was even more painful than the booboo on Gretl's index finger. Their romance was non-existent; this so called 'love' hurt the story more than helped it. There was more passion in the Nazi soldier's than between these two.
Audra McDonald should be recognized for her outstanding performance and uncanny range. She was wonderful as Mother Abbess, however her duet with Underwood was eh, to say the least.
Needless to say, NBC did shake up the Thursday night lineup and took a chance on something unique and new that was entertaining to watch. Although it didn't hit as hard as they would have liked, for a live musical with almost no mistakes, the show went off without a hitch. Kudos, to all involved and a special thanks to NBC for stepping outside the box.