The Sound of Music, Carrie Style

Happy Friday everyone!
So, who watched The Sound of Music last night?!?
My Facebook feed was blowing.up. last night with people sharing their opinions about it, and so I thought it would be fun to share my feelings as well. 
Let me start by saying I am a huge Sound of Music fan. 
My sister and I watched it countless times growing up (on VHS, where it was divided into two tapes, ha!) and I could literally quote it word for word. The songs are such classics, the scenery in the movie is amazing, and Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer are perfection.  
When Cameron and I went to Austria back in 2010, we even went on a Sound of Music tour. (You can read about it here, but I had just started blogging when I wrote that post, so don’t judge–ha!) It was basically the two of us with a group of retirees, driving through the hills near Salzburg to see the different sights featured in the film, and it was AWESOME. It’s such an iconic, untouchable movie. 
So obviously when you talk about doing a remake of something so beloved, you know going in that you are never going to top the original, or even come close. However, I was actually super excited for this new version! I love Carrie Underwood, and was really interested to see how she’d do in a musical. Also, this wasn’t supposed to be a remake of the movie but rather the original Broadway show, so I was going into it with that expectation. Plus, I thought it was really awesome they were doing it live!
Right now we don’t have cable TV (by choice) and just have our TV set up in the apartment to play movies. I really really wanted to watch SOM last night though, so at 7pm Cam and I rushed out to Costco, bought this antenna, and literally got it plugged in 5 minutes before it started. Whew. 
Like I said, I really like the Sound of Music, ha!
So what did I think?
Overall, I thought that it was pretty good.
It wasn’t the original and it didn’t completely blow me away, but it was good.
Carrie Underwood has a beautiful voice, and I think she seems like a really sweet person.
She is definitely no Julie Andrews, and she is not an actress, that is for sure. 
(Cam compared her acting skills Kristen Stewart…burn.)
However, I think it was a good choice to cast someone with a strong voice as Maria vs. a more well-known actress with a weak singing voice, as that would have been a lot worse.
And all things considered, I really do think she did a good job. After all, she’s pretty ballsy for taking on such an iconic role and doing it live no less. Major props to her for that!
I also liked Steven Moyer a lot more than I thought I was going to as well. 
He’s no Christopher Plummer, but he definitely was able to capture some of his intensity.
I thought the rest of cast was really strong and did a great job in their roles, especially the kids and Audra McDonald (the Reverend Mother). The only person I wasn’t such a fan of was Christian Borle in the role of Uncle Max; I thought he just seemed way too young for that part, and I think they missed an opportunity to cast someone more interesting. Oh well. 
What I did really like was the fact that this was a live musical airing on prime time TV, which is something that hadn’t been done in 50 years. How cool is that?! And sure, you could DVR it or watch it later online. However, this Sound of Music event was really that, an event, and the type of thing that you want to watch live. It really seemed things my parents used to talk about from when they were younger, the way when certain things on came on TV, it was really a big deal. I love musicals, and so I hope that they decide to do more things like this in the future!
What about you–did you watch the Sound of Music last night? What did you think?
Have a good weekend everyone! 


  1. December 6, 2013 / 2:56 pm

    I am so sad I missed this! I had class during the show and totally forgot to record it before I left for work earlier that day 🙁

  2. December 6, 2013 / 3:31 pm

    I had to DVR it…but the few parts I did watch I loved! I agree that Carrie's acting was a bit rough, but overall really liked it…can't wait to watch the whole thing this weekend!

  3. December 6, 2013 / 4:33 pm

    I ended up watching the whole thing last night and agree Carries is a pretty terrible actress but of course is singing was perfection! I grew up watching it too so I loved it overall! It really makes me want to watch the original movie though!

  4. December 6, 2013 / 6:42 pm

    I also don't have cable, so we will have to wait until it shows up on netflix. The original is so dear to me I don't know if i want to watch it, esp since as you said, because it was live there was some showmanship to it, and a recorded broadcast might not feel the same.

    p.s there is a sound of music sing a long I believe its every year at Cinema 21 in Portland.

  5. December 6, 2013 / 7:11 pm

    I totally agree with you that I remember there used to be BIG tv events that I remember my family growing up looking at the PRINTED TV guide (the ones that you would possibly then smear ink on your fingers as you flipped through) to highlight during the holidays to record on our Beta/VHS tapes. Even though I was travelling for work and so missed the show, I love the concept behind bringing those types of family TV events that just aren't sports or parades/fireworks back to encourage family time. And I don't begrudge trying to do remakes- sometimes they can work and update/introduce it to a new generation, sort of like the old Romeo and Juliet vs the Romeo + Juliet, and redoing Emma as Clueless!

  6. December 6, 2013 / 9:02 pm

    I had much the same reaction as you, although I think comparing Carrie to Kristen Stewart is going a bit far. (At least Carrie has facial expressions.) I especially enjoyed Audra McDonald as the Reverend Mother. Overall, entertaining, but certainly not enduring.

  7. December 6, 2013 / 10:05 pm

    I think Carrie is such a good singer- so she sounded wonderful, but I wasn't the biggest fan. Probably because the original is so amazing.

  8. December 7, 2013 / 5:43 am

    It is still sitting on my DVR and I have yet to watch it. I'm nervous because of all the mix reviews. But I will give her credit for her courage and gumption. I heard she raked in 18 million views and beat out The Big Bang Theory. I also thought it was crazy that it cost them 9 million to make this production happen.

  9. December 7, 2013 / 7:51 pm

    agree completely! carrie's voice was amazing, but her acting left a lot to be desired. still enjoyed watching it in a play setting, though! xo

  10. December 8, 2013 / 4:54 am

    It's tough to say. I LOVE the sound of music. I do believe that NO ONE can replace Julie Andrews or any of the cast really. Although Carrie did a great job, I just wasn't too blow away!

    xo Mel
    turquoise blonde

  11. December 9, 2013 / 8:44 pm

    Yes, her acting wasn't oscar-worthy and I cringed at a few of the lines. But, being someone who can RECITE the entire script (seriously, we did this play in high school and I was the Baroness) I appreciated it. Her voice is beautiful and I enjoyed it overall. Great post!

  12. July 29, 2016 / 1:14 am

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