As much as I wanted to watch the live presentation of The Sound Of Music last night, I was busy picking Jake up from a late rehearsal and going to bed early. But I feel like I didn’t really need to watch it, because it was all anybody was talking about on Facebook and Twitter. And based on all of the comments, here’s what I learned.
1) Carrie Underwood has a pretty voice but can’t act. Well, duh. A nice voice does not a musical theater star make. If they really wanted to do this the right way, there are so many actual, seasoned musical theater actors whom they could have cast as Maria (one of them was already in the building and has played Maria before!!!). But they were going for audience numbers. And Carrie has a lot of fans.
2) People on the internet don’t seem to understand how hard it is to put something like this on TV live. There were so many comments along the lines of “Well I saw The Sound Of Music in [insert name of theater here], and that was LIVE, so I don’t see what the big deal is.”
3) A lot of people didn’t understand that this was the stage show and not the beloved movie, which made a lot of their complaints really dumb.
4) Audra MacDonald completely stole the show. Even if she was a black nun in Nazi Germany, which was weird.
5) Apparently there’s this vampire named Bill Compton, and nobody knew he could sing.
6) Carrie Underwood yodeled really well. Or terribly. Or too realistically. Or too southern. There was a lot of talk about the yodeling, but nobody could agree.
7) The hills were not actually alive, and several people wanted their money back.
8) An old dude kept hitting on Liesl, and it made a lot of the internet uncomfortable.
9) None of the accents were right. (But really, if you’re going to make that complaint, you have to make it about the movie too.)