NBC's ‘Sound of Music Live': Hollywood's Best Reactions

NBC's 'Sound of Music Live': Hollywood's Best Reactions

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Social media lit up with commentary on the musical remake

NBC certainly went out on a limb with its three-hour production of “Sound of Music,” which aired live on Thursday night and sparked a lot of commentary on Twitter.

Led by Grammy winner Carrie Underwood and “True Blood” star Stephen Moyer, it also starred Tony Award winners Audra McDonald, Laura Benanti and Christian Borle.

See video: Watch NBC's ‘The Sing-Off’ Teaser Airing During ‘Sound of Music Live’ (Exclusive)

The reported $9 million production was a big part of the network's holiday programming roll out. Set to air at least one more time before Christmas, NBC reportedly hopes it can air annually as a holiday mainstay.

“Smash” producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan headed up the production, which was based on the original 1959 Broadway production of “The Sound of Music,” starring Mary Martin and Theodore Bikel.

See video: ‘True Blood's’ Stephen Moyer Gives Carrie Underwood a Twirl on NBC's ‘Sound of Music Live!’

But of course, most viewers are better acquainted with the 1965 film starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. So, NBC's take had big shoes to fill.

What did those in the entertainment industry have to say about the gutsy production?

See below for their best tweets about “Sound of Music Live”:

https://twitter.com/AlecMapa/status/408812361865109504

  • Jimmy

    Kind if snotty on Mia Farrow's part.

    • Janie Baker

      I agree, but outside of marrying a producer what did mia ever do. She can't act. She can't keep a husband and she is not attractive now or ever. Carrie is one of the most beautiful women in the world and her singing is second to none.

  • Dave

    I thought they did a great job. I thought this theater version was nice also. I think most of the so called talent list above could not hold a candle to anyone who took part in this. Hope they keep doing such productions.

  • Ron Merk

    With all due respect to a hard-working cast and creative team, there's no doubt that the production fell short of audience expectations for this great Rogers and Hammerstein show. In fact, I'm surprised that the always vigilant Rogers and Hammerstein Organization didn't step in and change some of the cast members who were both clearly over their heads in the acting and singing department. Carrie Underwood and Stephen Moyer had no chemistry, with us or with each other, and seemed clearly at odds with the material, their costumes and the requirements of being truly and honestly charming in these parts. Carrie's acting ability ran the gamut from A to B, and Stephen's singing ran the gamut from do to re, and he looked to me as if he had walked onto the wrong stage, but like a trouper, realized that the show must go on, no matter what. The rest of the cast, save a few flat notes from some of the children were very good. The great fault in the show was total inability of the director to decide what the shot set-ups should be, and to simply remain with the camera on whoever was singing. The constantly moving crane shots marred the musical numbers, and one day, modern directors will simply learn to keep the camera still and let the actor do the work instead of the camera movements. I'm sorry to say that I was totally let down by this “event” and suggest to those who might be considering future “versions” of Broadway classics to stick to the classic approach that has worked for generations. Let the material be the star of the show, and don't try to ‘improve’ it with music video cutting and crane swoops.

    Rogers and Hammerstein deserve better than they got last evening, and no matter how talented the new cast was, it's simply impossible to forget the Robert Wise film and the perfection it brought to the show.

  • Becca

    Pretty harsh comments from so called actors sitting on their couches. I thought they did a great job. The only thing you accomplish with hurtful comments is people seeing your true ugly colors and refusing to watch you in whatever poor pathetic production you were casted in. Oh wait who are you again??

  • Xavier The Opinionator

    Theodore Bike? Really? Once again, a seemingly professional entertainment news organization, does not proofread their work or vet their article.

    His name is Theodore Bikel. One quick check on Wikipedia will verify your “fact” but no, you’re too busy for that, yet you attempt to use his name and spell it wrong. That is why I used to read Deadline Hollywood instead of The Wrap.

    This happens everyday at The Wrap. Deadline actually consider themselves writers, they actually proofread and vet their stories. It's too bad that Nikki Finke is no longer with the organization she blazed a trail with, for organizations like The Wrap to exist as competition to. Deadline is not the same without her. Deadline is now floundering from her absence.

    If the editors and writers at The Wrap have any foresight at all, any sense of professionalism, they will start doing their most basic duties as journalists and as writers.

    The Wrap has a very brief window to prove themselves, as the heir apparent, to the top title as the on-line, entertainment industry, insider news outlet. Let's see what they do with that opportunity.

    If The Wrap continues it’s shoddy work reporting on the entertainment industry, don’t be surprised if Nikki Finke swoops down out of nowhere and starts a new, improved, no BS news outlet that knocks The Wrap onto it’s knees and lunges in for a knockout.

    Or will Ms. Finke find herself the victim of self-inflicted humiliation in her comeback campaign for ridiculous tweets among the likes of yesterday's now infamous “R.I.P. Mandela/Weinstein Promo” entry (@NikkiFinke) that sparked hilarious parodies under the hashtag #FinkeObits. The hilarious Mike White (@THEmikewhite) chimed in first and perhaps best.

    • Jethro Nededog

      Thank you.

    • Boosmom96

      The actors name is Bikel – see the “L” at the end?

    • rp

      The show was a let down NOT because it wasn't Julie Andrews but because C.Underwood can't sing that genre of music(her cut off of words etc) she did not always sing through the note when very much needed.The use of the “country” in her singing caused the chest belting where it was not necessary and slang “somthin” instead of the finished word “something”.. Her acting was dead and the captain too angry!There is such a thing as “singing through your eyes” This goes the same for dialogue in a show. There was no intensity in her speaking as well as her singing. One only had to look at the eyes of the Mother Abbess to see intensity! Sets and scence changes were lovely but the network cut off scene endings too soon for commercial breaks! Effect was lost! And this adaption was that!!! The original stage version had a song called “An Ordinary Couple” where “Something Good” was sung! “Jam and Bread” was also a movie addition not in the original! If they advertised that it was based on the original 1959 broadway show these numbers should not have been used rather the orininal! The costumes were too modern..where were the seamed stockings? The dress length was too short and Maria would “Not” have had such an elaborate nightgown coming from the Abbey! It would have been so much better had there been broafway actors rp

  • Rog

    These “nobody actors” are real jealous aren't they. I mean, who have ever heard of them? Maybe they were porn stars or did a biscuit commercial. who knows…lol
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  • Rog

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  • Rog

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  • Rog

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  • Rog

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  • Rog

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  • Rog

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  • Rog

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  • Rog

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  • Rog

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  • Rog

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  • Rog

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  • Rog

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  • Rog

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  • Rog

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  • Rog

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  • Rog

    Mia, Why bring your family into this? That is old history.

  • Jim Duley

    I liked it and I thought the entire cast did a great job as did all the creatives in the production.

  • Doug Edwards

    This was live television and a thrilling event. A movie can have 5, 10, 15 takes and then cut and splice. A stage play doesn't have a one- or two-shot. This was gutsy and impressive. OK, I quite prefer Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, but I like the age balance between the Captain and Maria. I will enjoy it for years to come, even as I tell my grandkids about the movie. NBC, do more. Really. Please. And to Carrie, I say, thank you for taking on what was probably the hardest and perhaps riskiest project of your career. Kudos to you. I appreciate your performance. You've a lovely voice. And a special bravo to the staging.

  • Sound of Music fan

    Concerning the TV special of Sound of Music. Good, clean entertainment for the whole family. What do these mean people want – someone making an entrance on a wrecking ball, naked! I've seen the movie with Julie Andrews. Carrie Underwood did a good job of portraying a shy, low-key nun. Maybe next time some of you would prefer Miley Cyrus – who can't sing or act, but she sure knows how to make a fool of herself (but that is part of growing up, something she hasn't accomplished yet.)