Last night I had the pleasure of having a family moment with the Husband like I have never had before, and it all reminded me of when I was a little girl and the family got together to watch the Christmas programs. Daddy would even join in when he didn’t have to go to bed early so he could be up at four to be at work at five o’clock in the morning – he had to drive all the way into another county to work. The Sound of Music, Live last night with Carrie Underwood singing the part of Maria gave me and the Husband that same feeling of “family” and “together” watching something special. And, we were.
When the program began last night the announcer said this hadn’t happened for 50 years on NBC. I can remember Bob Hope specials and Bing Crosby specials when I was young, and they were live, I think. Why hasn’t something so wonderful happened before now?!
Last night was magical, and we were both sitting there, silent, encouraging the performers. There was one moment where Carrie Underwood seemed to slip coming down the mountain set and Husband and I both just held our breath – if he didn’t I know I did! When it was all over, we sat there and applauded and Husband said, triumphantly, “They did it! They DID it!” They most certainly had!
The songs were beautiful. The choreography was wonderful. The sets made you feel as if you were actually at a playhouse. The performers gave it there all and we love them even more for it.
One of my favorite characters last night, besides Maria, of course, was Liesal. Liesal looked the way she should. Her voice was beautiful and her expressions and performance flawless. She was amazing.
Now, let’s get right on to Carrie Underwood…. Aaaaaaahhhhh! Amazing! Beyond great! True, she wasn’t Julie Andrews, but she didn’t need to be. All Carrie Underwood needed was to sing. The world knows Carrie Underwood can sing, and now the world knows she can sing in more than one genre and be breathtakingly entertaining, and grand. There really aren’t words that can truly express how great her performance was last night.
Stephen Moyer actually had his work cut out for him walking onto that stage with those kids and, of course, Carrie, and he didn’t disappoint. He was an excellent Captain Von Trappe. His voice was truly melodious and carried conviction when it was really called for. Who could keep from falling in love with such a man as Mr. Moyer’s Captain Von Trappe?
Together, Stephen Moyer and Carrie Underwood, accepted the responsibility of their parts. They let the show revolve around the story, and thus them, but without it being about them. I have been to shows before, and watched many on TV where one performer clearly puts forth an atmosphere that what is going on, no matter what it is, is all about them. The audience is there to applaud them and praise them because they are ^insert name here^ and nothing more. The audience and other cast should be grateful they deemed to walk onto the stage before them! These performances usually get old quick and, unless there are some really talent people on the stage or in the performance with them to salvage the thing, it usually flops flat. Stephen Moyer and Carrie Underwood let us see the private world of two different people who fell in love and the children and world surrounding them. They sang for their supper, as the saying goes, and last night I hope they had steak and lobster, because they deserve it, and SO much more!
The Husband and I both agreed there should be more shows like this on television. Everyone keeps talking about “the good ol’ days” and when you really look back on them they aren’t that great, in fact, they are pretty crappy over-all, except for programs like last night’s The Sound of Music, Live! Reality TV doesn’t cut it when you are trying to escape, just for a little while, into somewhere else, and, although I am loving the resurgence of science fiction and fantasy television shows, What about music? The world doesn’t spin on just drama alone. There is dance to look forward to, and music.
Congratulations to the wonderful cast of last night’s performance. Your show let me share your hope, and I needed that.
Congratulations to NBC – guys, you have hit on the money maker here – I hope you know that.
- ‘Sound of Music’ — and Underwood — largely a success (newsday.com)
- ‘The Sound Of Music Live’ Review: Carrie Underwood Shines As Maria (hollywoodlife.com)
- How Do You Solve A Problem Like Carrie Underwood? (entertainment.time.com)
- Carrie Underwood, Stephen Moyer come alive with ‘The Sound of Music’ (nydailynews.com)
- Carrie Underwood Takes On Live TV Tonight With The Sound Of Music (wycd.cbslocal.com)
- Sound of Music Live Not One of Critics’ Favorite Things (newser.com)
- Carrie Underwood Wins Praise For Sound Of Music Show (contactmusic.com)
- Carrie Underwood Performs ‘Do Re Mi’ and ‘My Favorite Things’ in Sound of Music (gossipcop.com)