‘Sound of Music Live’: Sing Along with Twitter

'Sound of Music Live': Sing Along

NBC’s staging of “The Sound of Music Live” predictably became online water-cooler TV, generating a steady deluge of Twitter commentary. The observations ranged from snark to swooning over the classic tunes featured in the beloved musical about a nun-turned-governess who helps an Austrian family learn to sing and escape the Nazis.

A few studios banked on a big turnout for the tuner starring Carrie Underwood and Stephen Moyer to serve as a platform for pic ads. Disney gave a big plug for its “Mary Poppins” tale for “Saving Mr. Banks” (make that three), while CBS Films’ pushed its Oscar hopeful “Inside Llewyn Davis.” There were also blurbs for “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” and “Frozen.”

For the live East Coast airing, there was plenty of criticism about Underwood not being up to snuff for the lead role and the production not measuring up to the 1965 Julie Andrews pic. And there was chatter about the lighting leaving scenes looking a little dark and the orchestra being too high in the mix.

At the same time, NBC and the “Sound of Music” troupers garnered kudos for sheer ambition and derring-do with a live broadcast that more or less went off without a hitch — or at least a noticeable on-air stumble.

Here’s a sampling of Twitter reaction to the telecast: 

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  1. Rosie says:

    I loved it….I thought Carrie Underwood did a wonderful job along with the rest of the crew. If the rest of the world didn’t like it, don’t watch it. I wish I could sing like her. Hey, her first acting job, LIVE, give her a break, people! Everyone always so critical!! Get a life!

  2. Tana says:

    I tried to watch, but it was so bad as a musical I had to turn it off and put in the original!

  3. Brad says:

    In general I thought the show was ok but why did they have to try to “re-make” this classic……..there were ALOT of historical mistakes and though Carrie Underwood is a great country singer she was NOT the person for this role……….they even tried to make the show P.C. with leaving out any reference to Hitler………the production was excellent for being live television but more thought should be made as to what shows should and should not be re-done and this was one they should have left alone…….the songs were mixed up compared to what scene the actors were portraying vs the movie………at times the acting left the audience desperately “wanting” for content and every song Ms. Underwood sang sounded like it should have been performed at the grand ole opera rather than in 1930’s Austria and what’s up with her always looking like the swiss miss girl?…..again in general it was a decant production but should have never been done or at least never had been done with this story……..

  4. Jacques Strappe says:

    It is apparently unpatriotic to say anything bad about this but let me take a stab. Carrie Underwood’s lack of acting chops made it nearly impossible to watch this production. I don’t think her singing voice is all that well suited to traditional stage musicals,either. Lots of little technical issues like sound and lighting, too. I didn’t get a sense of much chemistry among most cast members other than a few of the nuns. While this might be considered gutsy for NBC to mount, showing it post sweeps and on their lowest rated night of the week where Univision typically beats them, the NBC suits obviously had very low expectations. Alice in Wonderland on ABC would have been a better alternative for families looking for some creative and fun programming.

  5. jean says:

    It was an enjoyable take on the beloved movie. Carrie’ s voice was beautiful, and she showed sweetness and great chemistry with Stephen, who also was a good choice. People obviously worked hard to bring decent entertainment into our homes. I, for one, want to thank you for bringing back wonderful memories.

  6. Joan says:

    Really enjoyable and something our whole family could enjoy. Great voices What a hard and nice touch to actually do it live. Congratulations to The cast and N BC

  7. Wendy says:

    Gutsy undertaking. And wonderful voices. Not sure why dome people can’t enjoy this live accomplishment. Most singersc wouldn’t even take the chance.

  8. Brian says:

    Great!!!!! I loved every moment of it!!

  9. Marcy says:

    There is a hiss in the audio when there is just dialogue. Can be distracting.

  10. Connie says:

    Unfortunately, the sound is awful–lots of white noise. What happened???

  11. Jean says:

    I think it is great!

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