The highly hyped musical event brought in the biggest ratings for the Peacock network on Thursdays since the ER series finale.
The Sound of Music Live! brought in some much-needed massive ratings for NBC on Thursday night. According to early numbers from the network, 18.5 million total viewers sat down to watch American Idol alumna Carrie Underwood step into Julie Andrews’ iconic role of Maria Von Trapp and True Blood star Stephen Moyer take on the part of her boss turned husband, Captain Von Trapp.
In the key 18–49 demographic, the three-hour live take on the classic Rodgers & Hammerstein musical delivered an early 4.6 rating. As far as the demo goes, it’s NBC’s best Thursday (sports events excluded) since the series finale of ER aired in April 2009. The TV musical also tied CBS’ unbeatable Big Bang Theory in the demo to win the evening.
The reviews for the reported $9-million production, however, were less stellar than the ratings. Though critics praised veteran Broadway stars Laura Benanti and Audra McDonald’s performances as Elsa (Captain Von Trapp’s almost-fiancé) and Mother Abbess respectively, the reaction to Underwood was tepid, to say the least. “To say that Underwood was no Julie Andrews is one of life’s greatest certainties,” wroteThe Daily Beast’s Kevin Fallon, while Marc Bernardin of The Hollywood Reporternoted that “Underwood can deliver the songs … she doesn’t acquit herself so well when it comes to the carrying the emotional weight of the production.”
As far as the production was concerned, Brian Lowery of Variety wrote, “For the most part [the co-directors] couldn’t make the story sing between the musical numbers, and the tingle one can get from a live theatrical experience didn’t materialize as filtered through the remove of TV.” And AP’s Mark Kennedy noted, “It was supposed to be spectacular, appointment TV in this era of DVRs and binge watching. It’s unclear if this was the breakthrough that will start a whole new musical revolution.”
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While no one could ever replace the legendary Julie Andrews, we have to admit, we totally fell in love with Carrie Underwood as Maria in NBC’s live Sound of Music production on Dec. 5. She may not have sported Miz Andrew’s iconic blonde bob, but Carrie still brought a sense of innocence and wonder to the role that kept us fully invested through the musical’s three-hour runtime.
And as much as we love Stephen Moyer as Bill/Billith on HBO’s True Blood, we loved him even more as the mostly unlovable Captain Von Trapp. If we were Anna Paquin, we’d make him sing us to sleep every damn night. Of course, Stephen wasn’t the only TV star whose performance we enjoyed tonight…
Audra McDonald, who we’ll always think of as Naomi on ABC’s Private Practice, blew us away as Mother Abbess. We’re familiar with her extensive work on Broadway, so we knew she had pipes, but we weren’t expecting to be as floored as we were. If you say you didn’t shed at least a single tear during her operatic performance of “Climb Every Mountain,” you’re straight-up lying to us. (Would it be too much to suggest Audra deserves an Emmy? Is that possible?)
We’d also be remiss if we didn’t point out Broadway legend Laura Benanti as Elsa. Though Laura has enjoyed quite a bit of success on television — her credits include roles on Go On, Royal Pains and Law & Order: SVU – we have a feeling that The Sound of Music is going to finally make her a household name. Elsa, who was never meant to be the star of the show, often stole the spotlight from Maria in this new production.
Also, yay for Christian Borle as Max! (We miss Smash.)
HollywoodLifers, what did YOU think of NBC’s Sound of Music? Did Carrie Underwood meet your expectations? Drop a comment with your review below, and be sure to tell what you loved — and maybe what you didn’t!
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She’s playing the role made famous by Julie Andrews in the 1965 movie – something that has some die-hard fans up in arms.
“I get hate Tweets and stuff like, ‘You’re not Julie Andrews!’” the American Idol winner tells Entertainment Weekly.
“I know I’m not Julie,” Underwood, 30, says. “Nobody is and I would never pretend that I was … I know my place.”
While some people might be unhappy, Underwood has support from Andrews, who says she’s “a fan” of the Grammy winner.
“Fifty years later, it’s time somebody had another crack at it,” the 78-year-old toldZap2it. “I had the best time of my life doing it, and it did wonderful things for me. I think it’s great that it’s being done again, but doing it live must be so daunting Carrie.”
Underwood is being joined by True Blood‘s Stephen Moyer and Private Practice star Audra McDonald in the live three-hour special, which is based on the original 1959 Rodgers & Hammerstein musical and airs Dec. 5 at 8/7c on NBC.
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NBC spoke with the leads of the highly anticipated live presentation of “The Sound of Music Live!”, set to air on Thursday, Dec. 5 (8 PM ET). Click below for one-on-one interviews with Carrie Underwood, Christian Borle, Audra McDonald and more!
The cast features country star Carrie Underwood as Maria, Audra McDonald (“Private Practice”), who has won five Tony Awards and two Grammys, as Mother Abbess; Stephen Moyer (“True Blood”), who will play Capt. Georg von Trapp; Tony Award winner Christian Borle (“Smash”), who will portray von Trapp family friend Max Detweiler; and Tony winner Laura Benanti (“Go On”), who will portray Elsa Schrader, the captain’s one-time fiancee.
“The Sound of Music,” music from the NBC Television event, will include studio recordings for all of the musical numbers that are performed by the cast members in the live broadcast, including Rodgers and Hammerstein favorites “The Sound of Music,” “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” and “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” among others.
Executive producers for the telecast are Neil Meron and Craig Zadan (“Smash,” “The Academy Awards”). Directors are Rob Ashford (“Evita”) and Beth McCarthy-Miller (“30 Rock”). David Chase (“Cinderella”) serves as musical director.The soundtrack is licensed through the NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products Group.
“The Sound of Music,” set in the 1930s before and during “Anschluss” when the Nazi’s annexed Austria, is based on the romantic true story of Maria von Trapp, an aspiring nun who leaves the abbey to become a governess for the widower Capt. von Trapp’s seven children. She soon finds herself falling in love with her employer and questioning her religious calling. It premiered on Broadway in 1959 where it broke box-office records and won the Tony Award forBest Musical. The 1965 film adaptation won the Oscar for Best Picture
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Carrie and Stephen star as Maria and Captain von Trapp in this beloved story of the young novice who falls in love with Captain von Trapp and his seven children, set against the backdrop of Nazi-occupied Austria.
This new version of “The Sound of Music” will be a faithful adaptation of the original stage musical, to retell the story for a whole new generation. And more than that, it will be broadcast LIVE, adding a whole new level of immediacy and excitement. Get ready to reintroduce your family to the most joyful, most emotional and most musical family adventure of them all. Three-hour live event.
You can see “The Sound of Music Live!” December 5th from 7-10 p.m. on KARE 11. For details, click here.
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The routine began with the two joking about all the feuding that’s been taking place in the entertainment industry recently.
“Even in country music it seems that feuding is all the rage,” Underwood said. “Feuding, feuding, feuding,” Paisley added before the duo busted into a comical version of ‘Why Can’t We Be Friends,’ calling out Zac Brown and Luke Bryan‘s recent feud while the headline-making artists joined each other for a front-row hug.
Paisley and Underwood then moved on to poking fun at Obama’s Affordable Care Act and the issues that the healthcare.gov website has been having.
“Obamacare by morning. Why’s this taking so long? I’m going to wind up with hemorrhoids if I sit here too long … Obama care by morning. Over six people served,” the duo sang, mimicking George Strait‘s ‘Amarillo by Morning’ while sitting at a laptop, trying to access the site.
Of course, no recent awards show is complete without a poke at Miley Cyrus’ recent tabloid headlines. “If someone in our industry was going to get caught licking a hammer, we all thought it’d be Blake Shelton,” Underwood joked.
The routine ended with a fun mixture of Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ with the vocals changed to honor ‘Duck Dynasty’ and introduce some of the show’s cast to announce the first award, for Single of the Year.
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Carrie Underwood will have earned a well-deserved vacation in December.
The singer, who just wrapped up her sixth turn at co-hosting the CMA Awards with Brad Paisley, is spending most of her time in New York City, preparing for her role as Maria Von Trapp for the live televised performance of ‘The Sound of Music.’ In addition to rehearsing with an all-star cast, Underwood is working with both dialect and acting coaches, and was given extra time to prepare before she joined her co-stars.
“I knew I had the furthest to go,” Underwood admits to the New York Post.
Not that her bosses have any fear about her performance. Craig Zadan, who is producing the live broadcast along with Neil Meron, has high praise for the show’s star.
“She’s one of those people who showed up the first day and knew every line of the script and every note of every song,” he says proudly. “She’s an unbelievably hard worker.”
The multi-platinum selling singer says the music is a perfect fit for her, especially the song she sings with the young actors who play the Von Trapp children, ‘The Lonely Goatherd.’
“I’ve been yodeling my whole life, growing up listening to Kitty Wells and the Carter Family,” she explains.
But while she is enjoying singing, her favorite part of the musical has nothing to do with her own songs. Underwood says she is most impressed by the Broadway actresses who have taken on the role of the nuns.
“When they sang, I thought, ‘This is what heaven’s going to sound like,” she admits.
The producers, who have also teamed up for other live televised musicals, including ‘Cinderella’ with Whitney Houston and Brandy, and ‘Annie’ with Kathy Bates, knew that Underwood would be a perfect fit for the role, thanks in part to her worldwide appeal and her own personal beliefs.
“I think it’s very important, especially in a piece like this, a musical that deals with religion and nuns, that she has that fan base,” Zadan notes. “There’s an element in faith-based belief in the show. The spirituality in the show lends itself to Carrie’s core audience.”
Underwood adds that the show’s religious theme, with her character considering becoming a nun instead of raising the Von Trapp children, was especially appealing to her. “Her faith was very important to her and it’s important to me,” she explains.
‘The Sound of Music’ will air live on Dec. 5 at 8PM ET on NBC.
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For Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley, 2013′s Country Music Awards is lucky No. 6 as hosts. Their secret to keeping their material fresh and funny? “We still don’t know what we’re doing,” jokes Paisley.
The pair, who sat down for a quick interview, revealed a few of their tricks and shortcomings. While Underwood relies heavily on the teleprompter, Paisley has to keep his jokes in check and family friendly. “I can get pretty roast-y, I can go toward Jeffrey Ross world,” he says.
As to who smokes more marijuana, Kenny Rogers or Willie Nelson, no disagreements here: Nelson, hands down.
The 2013 Country Music Association Awards air Wednesday (ABC, 8 p.m. ET/tape delay PT).
Five questions video to view here
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Another pertinent and pivotal piece of the puzzle has fallen into place for Carrie Underwood‘s ‘The Sound of Music.’ The powers-that-be at the NBC production, which will air live on Dec. 5, have cast the von Trapp children.
A nationwide search was conducted for actors and actresses to fill out the brood of seven.
The children who won the sought after roles of the von Trapp kids are as follows: Ariane Rinehart (Liesl); Michael Nigro (Fredrich); Ella Watts-Gorman (Louisa); Joe West (Kurt); Sophia Caruso (Brigitta); Grace Rundhaug (Marta); and Peyton Ella as Gretl.
Underwood, who is playing the lead role of Maria, posed with the her new castmates. What a handsome bunch, with Underwood and her dynamite smile as the centerpiece of the image.
‘True Blood’ star Stephen Moyer will play Captain von Trapp, rounding out the key cast.
Other details about the production have been revealed, such as the fact that it will stage in Long Island, as opposed to NYC proper. Everything will be live, including any possible mistakes, which will not be edited out.
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