Let’s be honest. When we think of favorite things, likely the classic tune that accompanies the song My Favorite Things isn’t far from our mind. Since NBC undertakes a one night live version of the stage production of The Sound of Music: Live! (2013), it’s time to join the controversy.
The Sound of Music: Live! (2013) TV Review
In all likelihood, everyone knows how the story goes, but here’s a recap of what this beloved saga is about. Carrie Underwood plays Maria in this version, a young postulate who lives at a convent, about to take holy vows. Despite her eagerness, she fails in her attempts to become a nun. Just when Mother Abbess (Audra McDonald) despairs of ever making Maria into a full-fledged member of their convent, a letter she receives seems an answer to her prayers; a widowed military man is looking for a governess for his seven children.
Under Maria’s protests, Mother Abbess sends her to the home of the von Trapp led by Captain von Trapp (Stephan Moyer). Like his years of military training, the Captain’s home is run like a military ship, and his children reflect that discipline… until Maria comes along.
And so the story goes…
It’s safe to say that each one of us have conflicting opinion about this, and that’s fine. You either don’t care about its existence, think it’s disrespectful or are excited. I fall into the latter category. The way I look at this is that it’s no different than going to a live Broadway production (I’ve only seen this as a local production). Only in this case, you are invited to watch the story from the comfort of your own living room. Multiple interviews with the cast say this production isn’t a remake of the 1965 Julie Andrews film. Instead this is an adaptation of the original stage production and as such, it’s going to be its own interpretation that means no “disrespect” to the movie. With its all-star cast (a country superstar, well-known television star and familiar Broadway cast), I knew this was an event not to miss.
Let’s talk music first. I eagerly bought the new recordings on iTunes; Carrie commands each one whether it’s the catchy, “Do-Re-Me” (no country twang) or “My Favorite Things.” Fortunately, everyone is musically talented. But when it comes to the choreographed numbers, I think the most memorable is “The Lonely Goatherd” (although Maria and the Captain’s dance is pretty). It’s full of charisma plus is a nice substitute to the “puppet scene” from the film. Pops to the cast for performing a difficult vocally choreographed scene. The children also impress. None were familiar names or faces (largely this is because most haven’t acted before), though that didn’t stop them from being professional and delightful. Ariane Rinehart and Michael Campayno’s “big” number, “16 Going on 17” is romantic and fun.
Though this is a setting prime for mistakes, I didn’t catch any major flubs, which testifies to the talent; and is an extraordinary feat considering the nerves a live production must rattle.) Some of the vocalists do seem winded a time or two, yet through it all, everyone made this 3-hour televised event a night to remember. NBC experienced heaps of criticism for this production, and of the cast. However I have nothing to complain about. It’s a unique event, and I for one walk away a fan. Personally, I didn’t expect it to reach the same level as the film, yet it’s something I’ll re-watch.
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Now, it’s your turn, friends! I’d love to know what you thought – what were your favorite things?