‘The Sound Of Music Live’ Review: Carrie Underwood Shines As Maria

Thu, December 5, 2013 11:00pm EDT by 465 Comments
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Heather

Posted at 11:42 PM on December 5, 2013  

We’re you watching the same crap I was??? This was horrible. Everyone on Facebook is saying the same.

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lauramacky

Posted at 11:56 PM on December 5, 2013  

I totally agree. Everyone’s entitled to their opinion but in mine, it was just awful. I couldn’t get past the first thirty minutes! lol

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calipatti

Posted at 12:49 AM on December 6, 2013  

If you only watched 30 minutes the you really should not comment. You
missed most of it, it continued to get better. I loved it. Camera close ups from a stage is different.

 
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Cillasue

Posted at 11:39 PM on December 5, 2013  

I didn’t want it to end!!

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David Bloxsom

Posted at 11:39 PM on December 5, 2013  

What an enjoyable evening with the sound of music. Loved every minute of it. Carrie great as usual a well as the entire cast

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Hal

Posted at 11:38 PM on December 5, 2013  

Whatever drugs you’re on, can I have some? With the exception of the sensational Audra McDonald, everyone else and everything about this production was ghastly.

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lauramacky

Posted at 11:57 PM on December 5, 2013  

What’s even more hilarious is the person who posted carrie should receive an oscar. That made me burst out laughing.

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m guild

Posted at 12:32 AM on December 6, 2013  

laura macky is a real hater, she speaks like a true liberal

 
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Hal

Posted at 2:34 PM on December 6, 2013  

@ m guild – Why are you dragging politics into this, and why are you spitting out “liberal” like it’s some automatic insult? If laura speaks like a “true liberal”, you speak like a typical know-nothing knee-jerk obsessive conservatard*. It also appears that you’re stalking her through the comments board. Give it a rest.

*conservatard – A person who is politically conservative to an extreme degree, often with no sound intellectual basis for his or her beliefs. [More definitions can be found at the 'Urban Dictionary'.]

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BB

Posted at 11:37 PM on December 5, 2013  

While it’s a treat to see Broadway on tv, I felt as though it was done on an amateur/high school level. Sets were lovely, costumes very good but the casting left a lot to be desired. Underwood cannot act and sounded like she was doing a cold read. I cannot believe that there isn’t a vocalist who can also act that could have brought as much or more to the role. The Captain seemed very angry to me, he just screamed at everyone for the whole first half of the show. There was just a lack of nuance in the lead performances which lacked connection. I thought Smash was a better production with more talent and professionalism on a weekly basis. I was disappointed, good try though.

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LauraMacky

Posted at 11:34 PM on December 5, 2013  

Good Lord….that was butchered!!!! Her phrasing was awful, no dynamics, the acting was crap and they switched around the placement of the songs. I hated it. The Sound of Music is my favorite musical of all time. I should’ve known.

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ELVIS PRESLEY

Posted at 11:37 PM on December 5, 2013  

WELL THEN THE REST OF THE WORLD WILL ENJOY IT AND YOU CAN SIT AND POUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NO ONE CARES IF YOU LIKE IT ANYWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! JERK!!!!!!!!!!!!

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D. Hobbs

Posted at 11:42 PM on December 5, 2013  

My thoughts to about him/her as said by you. It takes all kinds, glad I don’t know them all.

 
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lauramacky

Posted at 11:57 PM on December 5, 2013  

LOL

 
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Canny

Posted at 11:59 PM on December 5, 2013  

Exxxxxxccccccuuuuussssseeee me, this is the Sound of Music
PLAY, which means the songs are placed perfectly right where they belong.

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m guild

Posted at 12:30 AM on December 6, 2013  

wow, what a hater, you must be a true liberal

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Glenn

Posted at 11:33 PM on December 5, 2013  

This is the quality of entertainment that we need on TV. Then I would start watching major network TV again. Everyone did a fabulous job!

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Polly

Posted at 11:32 PM on December 5, 2013  

Carrie Underwood was fantastic!! It’s honestly the first time I ever sat though the whole thing! Please don’t tell my mother in law that, she’s related to the Van Trapp family! Lol!

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Karen S. Freebersyser

Posted at 11:31 PM on December 5, 2013  

Wonderful!

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TiredofCrap

Posted at 11:30 PM on December 5, 2013  

I loved it! I have always loved The Sound of Music and no Julie Andrews is a Icon, but Carrie Underwood did a fantastic job as did the rest of the cast, they kept my entire family entertained for 3 hours and it was wholesome family friendly entertainment! Thank you to the cast of the Sound of Music and NBC!

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Maryann

Posted at 11:30 PM on December 5, 2013  

I loved it!! I didn’t want it to end! The work that went into that-WOW!—The whole cast was great! Carrie Underwood was outstanding!!

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The Music Man

Posted at 11:30 PM on December 5, 2013  

How horrific! Ms. Underwood was terrible. Her tone was flat and her intonation was awful. Does she even have a head voice? Can she sing and move at the same time? She should be ashamed for accepting this role when there are thousands of more qualified singing actresses who have studied and trained to do this.

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D. Hobbs

Posted at 11:47 PM on December 5, 2013  

I usually try not to get personal but you are an IDIOT…… Carrie has won: American Idol, all kinds of Country awards, filled musical stadiums…. you think thousands are better, I repeat you are an IDIOT@

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TJM

Posted at 11:29 PM on December 5, 2013  

Starring in this role took guts and bravery. Taking a risk is what makes greatness. Way to go Carrie. Never on a Broadway stage like the others, but took on the role and was great.

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paul

Posted at 11:28 PM on December 5, 2013  

I am absolutely shocked to think that anyone would ever think that any of those people were any good…. it made a mockery of the original movie. They all need acting lessons and the failed attempt at a westernization of it was an EPIC FAIL! Sorry Carrie, you’re no Julie, far far far from it.

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Shelli

Posted at 11:40 PM on December 5, 2013  

They weren’t trying to remake the MOVIE. This was the original MUSICAL. There’s no way to remake the movie. They didn’t want to. They didn’t try to.

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Stefanie

Posted at 11:27 PM on December 5, 2013  

I thoroughly enjoyed the broadcast! Underwood exceeded my expectations with her performance and the rest of talented cast did perfectly! I will admit, there were moments where the sound was a bit rough, but it ultimately did not take me out of the story as a viewer. Many thanks to NBC! It was a gift.
Happy Holidays!

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mj

Posted at 11:27 PM on December 5, 2013  

love Caririe but I thought her acting was flat

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onahigh23

Posted at 11:27 PM on December 5, 2013  

Carrie made me a believer. If there are not 400 offers on her desk tomorrow, I’ll be surprised.

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Karen Edgeworth

Posted at 11:25 PM on December 5, 2013  

Fantastic performance by Carrie Underwood….totally captured me in the Sound of Music–beautiful voice!

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D. Hobbs

Posted at 11:23 PM on December 5, 2013  

Having grown up with “The Sound of Music” and Julie Andrews; I was excited to hear it would be performed by CARRIE UNDERWOOD! There is not another singer or personality or wholesome person who could pull this off; Carrie did. I loved every SECOND of it as the supporting cast was GREAT, as well. Thank you NBC.

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Sebastien

Posted at 11:22 PM on December 5, 2013  

can’t believe this article makes no mention of Underwood’s fantastic vocals done while, running, jumping, hopping, not to mention the difficulty of some of her songs. If Audra deserves an Emmy for one song, Underwood should get an Oscar for her vocals.

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D. Hobbs

Posted at 11:24 PM on December 5, 2013  

You said it all !!

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ELVIS PRESLEY

Posted at 11:27 PM on December 5, 2013  

I AGREE WITH YOU CARRIE UNDERWOOD DESERVES AN OSCAR FOR THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!! SHE WAS WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!! WHAT A REAL LADY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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DH

Posted at 11:22 PM on December 5, 2013  

Was never a Carrie Underwood fan until tonight…well done. And Audra McDonald…just WOW!!! To the entire cast and especially the children. Be proud of yourselves. Let’s hope there’s more of this type of entertainment in the future. Thank you NBC.

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NYC'er

Posted at 11:19 PM on December 5, 2013  

Loved it, except I couldn’t hear a thing over the orchestra and mic static. They were too ambitious with the hidden mics and it just didn’t work. Sound mix was waaaay off. Too bad.

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Shelli

Posted at 11:35 PM on December 5, 2013  

I agree. One of my few complaints is that there were times that the orchestra out blasted the singers. And they should have used a softer material for the leafs in the forest. Yes, leafs crunch when you walk on them, but during a musical you don’t want to hear it.

The few things that bothered me about the movie (and The Sound of Music is my favorite movie/musical) is that I hated that they were found in the Abby (though I miss the car part jokes) and that the original fiancée (I’m horrid with names) seemed to be a side thought, and the musical actually makes those issues disappear.

I honestly can’t wait until the DVD comes out with the sound issues fixed (you can’t tell me that they won’t sell the DVD and that with all the mics that they had hidden around the set that they can’t rebalance the issues).

I hope that the ratings are great and that this becomes an old tradition come back to life.

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Jackie

Posted at 11:16 PM on December 5, 2013  

Enjoyed The Sound of Music very much! No it was not the original but they did a great job and live at that!
I thought Carrie did a great job!left a warm feeling of Christmas and past memories!

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ELVIS PRESLEY

Posted at 11:15 PM on December 5, 2013  

CARRIE IS A TRUE STAR IN EVERY ASPECT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHAT A REAL LADY!!!!!!!!!!!!! IT SHOWS YOU DON’T HAVE TO TAKE YOUR CLOTHES OFF LIKE MILEY CYRUS TO BE A GREAT STAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MILEY YOU COULD LEARN FROM THIS IF SHE REALEY TRY HARD!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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freelance

Posted at 12:16 AM on December 6, 2013  

yeah, but the nipples through the wedding dress was a good addition. Thank you NBC wardrobe. I think Carrie did awesome job. With all the running around jumping up and down and still being able to keep on tone and breath deep for those long notes. the entire cast should be proud of themselves. Especially the young ones. so hard doing a live show. So few mistakes. A few stumbles they had in the footing like Carrie on the hilsideand a few missed lines, like when the captain is given his Commission. These are all things that happened when you do it live.

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tm

Posted at 11:05 PM on December 5, 2013  

So wonderful to see a broadway quality musical on tv. Congrats to nbc for doing it live, carrie was magical, thr children wre great. Loved it !!!!

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Lj

Posted at 12:22 AM on December 6, 2013  

I love musicals and appreciate that people are trying to bring them back. Gone are the days with musicals as a common thing in the entertainment industry instead of voice altering mAchiens and visual effects . So bravo for this revival !!!

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Sara

Posted at 9:01 AM on December 6, 2013  

And the royal Kate knock-off wedding dress fit like a pillowcase over a vacuum cleaner.

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