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The Sound of Music Live! - Season 2013NBC’s live The Sound of Music starring Carrie Underwood had a few hitches tonight. The orchestra occasionally drowned out the singers in the early going, the sound sputtered a few times, the accents were all over the place, and they really should have re-thought those Von Trapp family-esque Walmart ads. Stephen Moyer and that Nazi bigwig fumbled their will-you-or-will-you-not-join-the-Navy cross-talk act, some guy momentarily pinned The Baroness when he stepped on the train of her beautiful evening gown (“Whoops!” giggled Laura Benanti, handling it like a pro). And, as an actress, American Idol alum Underwood is an enormously talented singer.

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On the other hand, had NBC gone with the real Von Trapp family’s choice to play Maria – Anne Hathaway — that little cute little actress playing Gretl would not have come across as the next Ethel Barrymore. Nor would Moyer be up for a Medal of Freedom for his valor during that garden love scene.  And maybe Audra McDonald’s “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” would not  be remembered as the emotional high point of an otherwise emotionally flat show.

Carl
9 months
I think this was a fantastic idea and great way to bring live theater to the masses....
Pam
9 months
How can you call the acting sub par when Audra Mcdonald is a great actress and great...
Laurie
9 months
I thought it was a charming production. Reminded me of the Cinderella movie from my childhood.

Yeah, live TV is wonderfully messy.