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  • adamunc
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    Obviously, there won’t be any preliminary reviews to post here, but we can capture reactions, as there’s a possibility for this to be a big player at next year’s Emmys in the Variety/Special categories. Not sure how this will come out, but I still think everyone involved is to be commended for having the balls to attempt something like this, especially Carrie Underwood, who has limited experience as an actress and will undoubtedly be (unfairly) compared to Julie Andrews. I don’t know that she has the acting chops to pull off the warmth required to play Maria, but I’ve heard some of the cast recording they’ve already done, and she sings the score really well. She even yodels up a storm on “The Lonely Goatherd”. She’s got loads of live singing experience, so I expect the songs to go well. The dialogue scenes, we’ll see. 

    The directing team is well-chosen, with Rob Ashford’s stage experience and Beth McCarthy-Miller’s live TV experience. And if nothing else, Audra McDonald as the Mother Abbess singing “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” will be brilliant. 

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    GoMe91
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    Yeah, and people need to remember that this is an adaption of the ORIGINAL STAGE PRODUCTION, not the movie (which is actually quite different from the staeplay). So…I’m already looking forwards to dumb comments like “Isn’t Favorite Things supposed to sung with the kids? Why did they change it into a duet? Stupid NBC. Always changing stuff!”

    Anyway, I hope people give Underwood a chance and watch with an open mind. Unfortunately, no matter how Carrie Underwood does, there are going to be people who will complain. Also, people are also complaining b/c McDonald is black. Because 5 time Tony winner Broadway legend Audra McDonald is only her skin color.

    Anyway…I’m definitely looking forward to this.  

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    psychadelicboy33
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    Just heard Audra singing “Climb Every Mountain”….

    I. just. can’t.

    Is there any way she can be nominated for an Emmy?  

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    24Emmy
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    Mary Martin’s acceptance speech at the 14th Tony Awards in 1960 — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhto2ygPIco

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    CAROL-CHANNING
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    Dear Lord.  Please give me the strength to edure this tomorrow.

    Musical theatre is my favorite thing in the entire world.  The Sound of Music is my favorite musical.  I know it like the back of my hand, so I’ll definitely have an opinion on everything, right down to the shade of green they choose to make the grass.

    I think it’s great they’re staying closer to the stage production.  As well as My Favorite Things works in the bedroom, that scene between Maria and the Reverend Mother is so wonderful..

    As far as Carrie goes..  I think she has a lovely voice.  Many people are criticizing her for the fact that she’s a country singer.  I really don’t mind that.  What bothers me about her playing Maria is the fact that what she has in vocal abilities, she lacks in personality.  She’s not a fiesty Maria, she’s not a naive Maria, she’s not a tomboy-ish Maria.  She’s kinda just.. a pretty Maria.  With a pretty voice.  That doesn’t fly with me.  I would never cast Maria just because she has a nice voice.  In fact, the best Maria I’ve ever seen was played by a woman who actually couldn’t sing that well.  But she just WAS Maria.  It never says anywhere that Maria is supposed to have the most beautiful voice.  It’s only said that she LOVES to sing.  So it should be the personality that shines through the singing as opposed to the singing itself that shines.  But who knows?  Hopefully Carrie will whip out the geniune charm and surprise everyone.

    As far as Audra goes, I love her as much as the next guy.  But she is just too young..  In 10 or 15 more years, she would fit the part better.  And I do understand the concern about her being black.  I’m all for colorblind casting, but in a historical drama?  The historical element is vital to the story.  Would nazis really have just walked past her to search the abbey for the Von Trapps?  But after hearing her sing “Climb Every Mountain” tonight, I realized I don’t care about all those specifics.  She’ll kill it.

    Laura Benanti?  Too young.  Christian Borle?  At first I thought he was a bit too young and attractive, but after seeing him in costume he actually looks pretty good.

    I watched “16 Going on 17” on the Thanksgiving Day Parade.  Is there a reason why Liesl’s portion of the song was significantly lowered?

    The biggest thing I’m worried about is Rob Ashford’s direction.  I have many issues with his stage work.  He seems to rely on audience-pleasing tricks that aren’t appropriate for the story or style, and it’s incredibly frustrating to watch.  From seeing those clips on television and seeing women being lifted in the air during the party scene is horrifying.  

    Fingers crossed that my gut is wrong and that this is great..  Tomorrow should be exciting! 

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    Tye-Grr
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    Watching this live right now… Carrie Underwood sounds great, but man, her acting sucks. She sucks the air right out of the room when she isn’t singing. She isn’t giving Maria any personality at all. She’d give the illusion that she was a decent actress if this were strictly singing, but unfortunately that’s not the case.

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    I agree with your assessment of Carrie’s acting.  While I give her credit for taking on this three-hour live tv production (which isn’t easy for ANYONE to do, even broadway actors aren’t used to live TV), I found that Carrie’s acting ability is limited and it showed in this role.  Loved her singing though, and I think overall this was a success. I don’t think Carrie will be winning as Oscar anytime soon. But props to NBC for producing something to air in prime time that is family-friendly and different than all of the garbage on the networks these days. 

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    Tye-Grr
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    I agree with your assessment of Carrie’s acting.  While I give her credit for taking on this three-hour live tv production (which isn’t easy for ANYONE to do, even broadway actors aren’t used to live TV), I found that Carrie’s acting ability is limited and it showed in this role.  Loved her singing though, and I think overall this was a success. I don’t think Carrie will be winning as Oscar anytime soon. But props to NBC for producing something to air in prime time that is family-friendly and different than all of the garbage on the networks these days. 

    I totally agree with this. It’s also fairly well directed and staged, and the production design was good.

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    What I find weird is that 2 of NBC’s holiday specials this month are starring Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson, the biggest stars from American Idol, when their biggest non-football show is rival The Voice. 

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    GoMe91
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    I agree with your assessment of Carrie’s acting.  While I give her credit for taking on this three-hour live tv production (which isn’t easy for ANYONE to do, even broadway actors aren’t used to live TV), I found that Carrie’s acting ability is limited and it showed in this role.  Loved her singing though, and I think overall this was a success. I don’t think Carrie will be winning as Oscar anytime soon. But props to NBC for producing something to air in prime time that is family-friendly and different than all of the garbage on the networks these days. 

    I agree with this too. I don’t think Carrie will get an Emmy nomination or anything for her acting, but her singing was quite good…and I commend her for at least toning down her twangy accent. I think Audra will get nominated. And Benanti also deserves a nomination.

    This production will get a lot of hate (actually it already has), but I think it was a success.

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    GoMe91
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    I agree with your assessment of Carrie’s acting.  While I give her credit for taking on this three-hour live tv production (which isn’t easy for ANYONE to do, even broadway actors aren’t used to live TV), I found that Carrie’s acting ability is limited and it showed in this role.  Loved her singing though, and I think overall this was a success. I don’t think Carrie will be winning as Oscar anytime soon. But props to NBC for producing something to air in prime time that is family-friendly and different than all of the garbage on the networks these days. 

    I agree with this too. I don’t think Carrie will get an Emmy nomination or anything for her acting, but her singing was quite good…and I commend her for at least toning down her twangy accent. I think Audra will get nominated. And Benanti also deserves a nomination.

    This production will get a lot of hate (actually it already has), but I think it was a success.

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    Chris Beachum
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    This is entered into the Golden Globe and SAG races as a movie/miniseries. This aired just before all of those voters submit their ballots. It will probably appeal to the Globe voters, because we all know how much they love musicals (TV and films). Adjust your picks in the predictions center if you think it will do well there.

    NBC plans to also enter this at the Emmys as a movie (not a special), meaning the actors will actually be eligible.

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    Laactingnyc
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    Audra singing Climb every mountain was breathtaking! 

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    Hieu Vo
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    I didn’t expect Carrie to be a great actress, but her vocals were just absolutely breath taking. I really did love the idea and the actual presentation of it. Audra McDonald singing Climb Ev’ry Mountain was absolutely AMAZING. People are too harsh on this and just need to lighten up.

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    eastwest
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    Carrie is a hometown girl, but I cannot tell a lie. From what I tried to see, she was so bad when she was speaking. Like church play bad. What is with all of these “Idol” alums not knowing they are on God’s green Earth, let alone on camera when they are attempting to act? Minus Audra, you can never go wrong with her, pitchy poorly cast mess from what I managed to look at. 

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