NBC aired their live production of The Sound of Music last night, starring Carrie Underwood as Maria. Carrie’s singing was wonderful. She was supported by a crew of professional actors, including True Blood‘s Stephen Moyer as Captain Von Trapp and Broadway actress Laura Benanti as Baroness Elsa Schrader. Moyer and Underwood had trouble meshing, and Captain Von Trapp’s chemistry with the baroness was actually much stronger. Some songs and scenes were moved around to stay truer to the original musical rather than the Julie Andrews film. For example, Mother Abbess (Audra McDonald) and Maria sang a “My Favorite Things” duet, instead of Maria singing it with the Von Trapp children. As a fan of the musical, I tried to have an open mind because in my opinion, in most times, you just don’t mess with classics like that. But I am such a fan of Carrie, that I had to watch it. The live show was shot on seven sets inside a warehouse in Long Island, New York with no audience in attendance. In total, the live show will reportedly cost as much as 9 million dollars. Seems a little high to me. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, the production team behind TV musical drama series Smash, partnered with NBC to create the live show.
To get fans involved, producers crowdsourced a music video for ” Do-Re-Mi”. The video stars Carrie Underwood, the cast, Youtubers and fans. You can watch it here.