Well, tonight is the night where Carrie Underwood, Audra MacDonald, Christian Borle and company take to the stage in the first ever live televised production of the Sound Of Music.
NBC is taking a big gamble on this production but all I have to say is kudos to them for trying to bring back another form of live entertainment.
And according to an interview with the producers of the show, anything can happen:
“The challenges are finding the cast that aren’t afraid to do it. Also the way to block it out so there is kind of a hyper feeling of film, theater and TV in so far as we have multiple cameras and the editing and shooting is done as is airing even though we are rehearsing so everybody is going to be fully rehearsed for that night. So it is challenging to get all of that set in a way that we only have one opportunity to do it. “
The article further states:
“NBC is taking a big gamble with what it hopes will become a holiday season mainstay for years to come, with sources telling The Hollywood Reporter that the price tag for the live Sound of Music production close to $9 million. The network has already made available a 22-song soundtrack featuring Underwood on iTunes, with plans to encore Sound of Music prior to Christmas and a DVD on Dec. 17, in time for holiday gift-giving”
After seeing countless productions of The Sound Of Music, I was officially sated with this show – until now.
However, my inquisitiveness had less to do with Carrie’s coveted role of Maria – although this is more than enough reason to tune in. No – for me – it had to do with the fact that this is going to be a live television event. Three hours of live television where anything can happen! And, apparently, NBC is hoping that, if successful, this will become an annual event.
From the numerous previews I have watched, Carrie has received superb direction and her voice sounds absolutely wonderful in the role. I am concerned about her more subdued acting ability but the more energetic scenes should be a very honest, genuine and playful experience.
Vocally, this is the direction in which Carrie should be moving. Many years ago, when I heard her perform on Oprah with Michael Buble and Tony Bennett, I felt that her voice was a Broadway diamond in the rough.
Well, that diamond has since been polished and refined by her Sound Of Music experience and, if all goes well Thursday evening, all that is left to happen is to watch its stock price rise to mega stardom. If you think she is a big star now – just you wait, Henry Higgins, just you wait!!
And, let us not forget the magical voice of Broadway star, Audra MacDonald. She was wisely cast in the role of Mother Abbess and will bring additional credibility and professionalism to this mammoth production.
On Wednesday, December 4th, she performed Climb Every Mountain during the annual Christmas in Rockefeller Center. Her performance left no doubt that we are in for a really exciting and entertaining musical experience on Thursday, December 5th.
Are you excited as I? I don’t know about you, but I am setting my DVR so I can tune in to the show with my grandchildren time and again during the Christmas season.
Sound Of Music Live begins on NBC at 8:00 PM on Thursday, December 6th. Comment away during the show. It will be too much fun!