Reason #2: The Music is One of My Favorite Things
We can't talk about The Sound of Music
without also mentioning the music by Rodgers and Hammerstein. When you look back over the most memorable musicals of all time, this one always stands out because the songs themselves are classic and people know the lyrics by heart to many of the tunes.
From the title track and "My Favorite Things" to "Do-Re-Mi" and "So Long, Farewell," you can't help but sing along. We can all picture the nuns singing "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?" and the yodeling on "The Lonely Goatherd," as well as Liesl singing to Rolf about how she's "Sixteen Going on Seventeen." It takes us all back to our childhoods, no matter what age we are.
The soundtrack to The Sound of Music Live
is available to buy now (and stream on Spotify
). And before you watch the live production tonight, check out a couple of the songs you'll hear.
Here's Carrie Underwood and Audra McDonald on "My Favorite Things":
And take a listen to Carrie singing with the children on one of the most fun songs in the entire story, "Do-Re-Mi":
Reason #3: It's Live -- Anything Can Happen
As the saying goes, with live TV, anything can happen. If someone messes up a line or doesn't hit their note during a song, it'll all be captured on TV by millions of viewers. No pressure or anything. But that's part of the fun for us as viewers: we get to witness this one of a kind experience. NBC recently aired a Making Of special, taking us behind the scenes into the casting process, rehearsals and recording the soundtrack, which you can watch below in its entirety.
Carrie Underwood went all in with her preparation -- she even arrived on set three weeks earlier than scheduled, telling the Associated Press
, "I wanted to be here and have all my lines memorized and everything and be ready for it. It's been really wonderful." These actors are committed to putting on the best show possible despite the stress of live TV.Reason #4: Carrie Underwood as Maria
And speaking of her, Carrie Underwood is very familiar with live TV, having performed weekly on American Idol
, not to mention the countless times she's hosted the CMA Awards. But she has received some criticism just for the sole reason that she's not Julie Andrews. As she told Entertainment Weekly
, "I get hate tweets and stuff like, 'You're not Julie Andrews!' I know I'm not Julie. Nobody is and I would never pretend that I was ... I know my place."
Fortunately, Andrews has given her blessing. According to US Weekly
, she said at an event this fall, "I think [Carrie's] great. It's going to be the original show, I believe, and I think after 40 or 50 years, it's probably time somebody else had a crack at it."
Carrie's voice is exceptional, and her persona fits very well with Maria's innocent nature. She even said during the Making Of special that she sees a part of herself in this character: "She's a very faithful woman, which I feel like I am as well. Naive, sweet -- I hope those are both qualities that I do possess."
Reason #5: Broadway Stars and Children, Oh My!
Carrie Underwood may be stepping into the shoes of the main character, Maria, but we can't forget the rest of the cast. Since this event will be more like a Broadway production than a movie, it's no surprise they've brought in Tony Award winners like Audra McDonald (as Mother Abbess) and Christian Borle (as Max Detweiler), along with other talented actors like True Blood
's Stephen Moyer (playing Captain von Trapp). Carrie might not have a ton of acting experience, but the show is given so much credibility by bringing on the actors I mentioned.
Then there are the children. Maria has an innocence about her, but so do the von Trapp siblings, despite the fact that they've terrorized all their governesses. And because of that, the show needs young actors and actresses who embody that spirit and can naturally take on these roles, like we saw with the original group in the film. In the below interview, you can tell that they are having a lot of fun and have been able to bond, which we're hoping will translate well on screen.
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signed by stars Carrie Underwood and Stephen Moyer.
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The Sound of Music Live
airs tonight at 8pm on NBC.
(Image courtesy of NBC)