By now you’ve probably all heard opinion upon opinion about NBC’s “The Sound of Music Live” that aired on Thursday night. The snark fest began well before the telecast began and continues on.
So instead of adding to the deluge of obvious complaints about the production (it’s been firmly established that Carrie Underwood’s acting was less than stellar) we thought we’d start thinking ahead to next year’s holiday special. NBC, we have some thoughts.
But first, let’s remember, it wasn’t all bad. Most of this cast was made up of extremely talented Broadway veterans. Case and point:
…and remember this fun moment?
Speaking of the extreme level of talent throughout most of the cast. That maid in the background, the one with the tray who doesn’t speak or sing a word is Tony nominated actress Ashley Brown who originated the role of Mary Poppins on Broadway.
But we digress, we’re not dwelling on the shortcomings of this year’s production. We’re looking forward to the future, yet to be announced, but should be, annual live holiday musical presentation.
First NBC, let’s talk show options. Although some of your casting was less than stellar (we won’t name names), “The Sound of Music” was a good call. It’s familiar, it’s beloved, it’s accessible. Well done on that front.
So, what other shows fall in that vein? Here are a few suggestions:
- “The Wizard of Oz”
- “White Christmas”
- “Peter Pan”
- “My Fair Lady”
…or if you want to stick with R&H:
- “The King and I”
Next up, casting. Although we do not approve of certain casting choices this year (still not naming names), we understand the thought behind it. Any number of Broadway actresses could have sung and acted circles around the part of Maria, but they wouldn’t have brought in the number of viewers that your choice did. It’s a sad but true fact, you needed a name to put on this piece. Still, there were better options:
- Anne Hathaway
- Amanda Seyfried
You thought of SMASH when casting Max, why not for the role of Maria?
- Megan Hilty
- Katherine McPhee
Okay, we’ve digressed again, we’re looking forward. We’ve all learned a valuable lesson about the importance of acting in musicals, and that the American viewing audience needs more than a pretty voice and face.
So, to conclude: NBC, we know we (in the collective sense) have been snarky about your attempt at staging a live musical, but we snark because we care. Please, try again. The numbers have proven you can get people to watch, why not put on a show worthy of your audience?
…just for fun:
Apparently this is a Christmas song now, so…
Countdown to Christmas Day 8: