You go girl. Ignore those haters. I don’t usually blog about things like this, but my girl is taking an unnecessary beating and it just ain’t right. My Facebook and Twitter blew up last night with people criticizing Carrie Underwood’s performance as Maria in NBC’s live presentation of “The Sound Of Music”. Maybe I’m in the minority on this one, but I actually enjoyed it. Here’s why:
- I get it. Carrie Underwood is in fact not Julie Andrews, nor is Carrie British (or Austrian for that matter) - my expectations were properly calibrated. I recall the same outrage back in 1995 when Jewel dared to portray Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz in Concert: Dreams Come True. Well, that really was awful. Or most recently when Anne Hathaway was cast in the movie musical version of Les Misérables. I found Carrie pleasant and consistent. Her voice helped carry her performance and made up for her lack of acting experience.
- I haven’t seen live musical theater performed on prime time television in decades. In an era where the Kardashians, Extreme Couponing and Here Comes Honey Boo Boo are considered entertainment, this was a welcome diversion.
- Hooray for risk takers! Clearly Carrie didn’t need the money. And connecting her fan base to musical theater is brilliant. Keeping this genre alive is important, and many people may have watched their first live musical theater performance ever as a result of Carrie being cast in the lead role.
- Broadway veteran Audra McDonald was amazing. I think she actually brought Carrie to tears in the “Climb Every Mountain” scene.
- It was refreshing to see the stage version once again (hadn’t seen it since 1987 at The Muny when Debby Boone played Maria) and I enjoyed the songs that are not included in the movie version.
- This was live. I don’t know if many people can really appreciate what that means. All the camera angles and people remembering their lines, lyrics, staging, choreography, costume changes, hitting their marks, etc. And the performance began and ended exactly on time.
So it may not go down in history as the most epic television event in history, but for what it was, I think it was “Something Good”. And now back to your regularly scheduled programming.
I find this story fascinating. And frightening.
whitneyrunson replied to your photo “Talk about a “target” market…”
Our local car dealership has a similar deal. You get YOUR choice of a gun or diamond with the purchase of a car. Because all of those things say, “Happy Birthday, Baby Jesus!” :)
LOL - that is too funny!
Talk about a “target” market…
One mile run tonight - juggling work and life stuff. I haven’t even thought about Christmas shopping yet, and there are three partially decorated Christmas trees in this house. Time to rally and get some stuff done. A very good evening to you.
Uh oh. This is the forecast for Memphis for Friday. This is not good news for the St. Jude Marathon, nor for those traveling to Memphis for the marathon and half. We’ve got to get there before 9 pm on Friday night for packet pickup and won’t be heading there until around 5:30 pm. The race is Saturday morning at 8 am. Fingers crossed that this forecast improves.
Three mile run on Grant’s Trail. Had to check on my Budweiser Clydesdale pals this morning. Off to a family football game. Happy Saturday!