Friday, December 6, 2013

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Carrie Underwood?

"Will it be a travesty?" asked The New Beginning of The Sound of Music Live!, which I watched last night on the telescreen because my daughter loves the movie and wanted me to watch it with her. The stuff we'll do for girls!

Writes Mr. Chan:
    NBC's live performance of The Sound of Music will probably resemble the musical more than the movie. The musical and the original movie could be considered products intended for mass consumption as well, and one could question how much 'religion' was present in the real-life story (though the family was Catholic). NBC is desperate for viewers and trying to capitalize on Carrie Underwood as a country-pop star, but the producers probably feel the itch to update the musical in some way. I expect there to be very little religious references.
I was surprised by the overt religious content, and half-expected the government to interrupt the broadcast. The "trying to capitalize on Carrie Underwood as a country-pop star" was the travesty.

She was clearly — embarrassingly — outclassed by her co-actors, not so much in her singing (although it seemed so in the first scene) but in her utter lack of anything approaching acting skills, as this review from across the Pond notes — Carrie almost solves a problem like Maria! Underwood praised for live vocals but let down by acting skills in The Sound of Music.

That Captain von Trapp would dump the stunning Laura Benanti for her was far beyond any willing suspension of disbelief. Perhaps Ms. Underwood is popular among the masses because she's so plain and like them. "One of us who made it big" or something.

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Blogger papabear said...

I read the comments on Facebook about the nuns and their music. I haven't seen the show yet, but they were nuns singing post Vatican 2 songs? I kid. I suppose it would be too much for the producers to do away with the nuns and Maria discerning her vocation.

December 7, 2013 at 2:25 AM  

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