NBC’s live version of The Sound of Music, which aired for three long hours last night, began slow and beautiful, with nuns singing hymns in a stage set abbey.
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The online world was abuzz, recently, with talk of The Sound of Music Live. Say what you will about the quality of the production (and this author certainly does), but the fact that it caused such a stir is quite significant. Since Glee and Smash have fallen from their former places of glory, it seems like networks are clamoring to attract audiences through similar works. I love that so many people tuned in to watch a classic work, but I am disappointed that, by casting a "name", the performance fell flat, thereby exposing all these (new and/or returning) live theater viewers to something of sub-par quality. I read a number of articles about this, but this particular one stood out to me not just because of the prickly humor but because the author makes a comment that the network was betting on the public's ability to look past the flaws ("how very Maria-like!"). I can't help but wonder if that ability, to love the art anyway, is a result of a public who has nothing better to compare it to, a public that will love The Sound of Music or Carrie Underwood regardless of the quality, or something else altogether. (Jillian)