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December 6, 2013

posted Dec 9, 2013, 4:36 AM by jmarcotte@sau4.org

Live Sound of Music

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Last night, I stayed up to watch the NBC production of the Sound of Music. I must admit that I do watch the movie, Sound of Music, at least twice a year (usually with my sister), have the movie soundtrack downloaded on my iPod and can do a solid play-by-play of the dialogue.

Although there were a few highlights of last night’s production, I was overly disappointed in this performance. Yes, I understand that it was the play version and not all the scenesand songs happened or occurred at the same place. I felt, overall, the acting and singing were not at the level of the movie. (Please remember, I have no musical background and can’t carry a tune). I felt no chemistry between Carrie Underwood and Stephen Moyer. In the movie, there are scenes where the Von Trapp children steal the show and shine. I saw none of that last night and just felt like the children were an after thought moving around the stage.

 There were two strengths of the show. They were Broadway veterans Audra McDonald as Mother Abbess and Christian Borle as Max Detweiler. Both actors were able to bring their experiences with live performance to the TV screen. They were able to bring life to their characters through both their musical performances and acting abilities. They both looked like they were having fun on stage. The highlight for me was Audra’s rendition of “Climb Ev’ry Mountain.”

 In the end, I will be deleting from my DVR the live version of the Sound of Music and will keep my DVD copy of the 1965 Sound of Music starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer.

Have a great weekend—