Sound of Music Live - NBC Dec. 5th - Gonna watch?

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  1. Dec 6, 2013 #61 of 176
    betts4

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    Pretty much what others have said. Beautiful songs but no connection, no feeling of a bond or romance between the Captain and Maria.
     
  2. Dec 6, 2013 #62 of 176
    pdhenry

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    If you go over the mountain from Saltzburg you end up in Germany...
     
  3. Dec 6, 2013 #63 of 176
    gweempose

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    Yep, the connection wasn't nearly as strong as it was between him and Sookie ... :p
     
  4. Dec 6, 2013 #64 of 176
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    Enjoyed it very much.

    Knowing nothing about the musical, I find it interesting that there are a few major differences from the film. As previously noted, the song placement. Here the Captain and Baroness split because of philosophical differences. IIRC correctly, in the film they split because of the love between the Captain and Maria. And in the film, Rolf blows the whistle on them in the end, where here he protects them. Also there were a few songs here left out in the film.

    I think the film flows better, but that's to be expected. Overall I think very well done.

    And yes, I think the Captain was the weakest singer.
     
  5. Dec 6, 2013 #65 of 176
    Steveknj

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    I only watched bits and pieces live and plan to watch the whole thing over the weekend. I set my bar low, knowing how great the movie was, and I thought it was well done for what it was, a live TV event of a VERY well known story. The problem is, the movie sets the bar SO high that it would be hard to even come close. That's why I'm going to try and NOT compare it to the movie so much and try and enjoy it for what it is.

    And yeah, I thought an African American Mother Superior in 1930s Austria was unusual casting, but that oddness was gone fairly quickly. And to me, these are Austrians, so what difference did it make if Maria had a British or American accent? Didn't Mary Martin play her in the original Broadway production and isn't she an American? I never saw it, so did she play Maria with a British accent?
     
  6. Dec 6, 2013 #66 of 176
    TriBruin

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    I wanted to enjoy it, but I kept getting pulled out of the show by Carrie's acting. She seemed very wooden. This was offset somewhat by her singing (which was great!). She seem to better in her interactions with the kids but, as other have mentioned, had absolutely no chemistry with the Captain. I just couldn't believe any feelings between them.

    That being said, I do give her (and the rest of the production) a lot of leeway. This wasn't a TV movie with multiple takes and a director coaching her show different emtions for each take. Nor was it a Broadway play that would have given her months to develop the character. She had a couple of months of rehearsals and then was thrown in the fire.

    I think the kids did a really good job.

    I admit I was also looking for mistakes. I caught a few minors one (sound issues and people moving in the background) but nothing major at all.

    Overall I give it a solid B.
     
  7. Dec 6, 2013 #67 of 176
    Steveknj

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    Another factor, no live audience. You don't get that in a movie of course, but that's less a factor because of multiple takes and studio tweaking and so forth. Stage actors will tell you they feed of the audience emotions in their acting. There was none of that here, just acting on a sound stage. I wonder why NBC just didn't do this on a stage somewhere with a live audience?
     
  8. Dec 6, 2013 #68 of 176
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    I had no problem with the Mother Superior being African American, but there were several other things that made it, er, shall we say, not so good.

    1. The actor playing Rolf was far too old to be '17 going on 18'!
    2. The Captain was far too young to be a widower with seven kids.
    3. As previously stated, as an actor, Carrie is a darn fine singer! The acting was definitely 'stage acting', buy she was just terrible.
    4. You'd have thought that the Admiral, with only about four lines, could actually remember them - or at least been able to ad lib well enough to cover up the flub. Elsa did a great job of this when someone stepped on her dress.

    As a side note, this was the stage play, not the movie. To compare the two is ridiculous. Of course there's not puppet show - it wouldn't work on stage!

    On the positive side, all the singing was very well done and the kids performed really well for the most part.
     
  9. Dec 6, 2013 #69 of 176
    WO312

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    B.S. It's perfectly fine to compare a play and a movie. Or a book and a movie. Happens all the time.
     
  10. Dec 6, 2013 #70 of 176
    DUDE_NJX

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    I think a live audience would've helped.
     
  11. Dec 6, 2013 #71 of 176
    PKurmas

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    You deserve a :up: for that. :)
     
  12. Dec 6, 2013 #72 of 176
    betts4

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    What I think I had problems with was also comparing it to the live musicals on tv in the 60's - Cinderella and Peter Pan. I am not sure when they were first aired or if they were filmed from a broadway show. This did fall short in my mind. I wonder if this would have done better if it had been on Broadway and time for any issues worked out.
     
  13. Dec 6, 2013 #73 of 176
    DUDE_NJX

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    The sound issues were what bothered me the most. The hum of studio fans was pretty bad, as well as the occasional microphones rubbing against the clothing, and finally, the mixing issues - music overpowering the singers, etc.
     
  14. Dec 6, 2013 #74 of 176
    Hot4Bo

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    I did notice a visible camera too. It was in the top right of the screen when the Captain, Elsa and Max were singing and discussing politics.
     
  15. Dec 6, 2013 #75 of 176
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    Must be a issue with what we have these days with HD and audio equipment. I am sure when they did this in the past there was no issue. I was surprised they even used mics on the actors. Something 3 feet above them would have worked better. I am not sure if the music was for us only or if they had it piped in.

    I do agree though. Fathom events stages things like this in theaters all the time and don't have hardly any issues.
     
  16. Dec 6, 2013 #76 of 176
    TonyTheTiger

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    Yeah, if you spent 'all the time' comparing apples to oranges! :rolleyes:
     
  17. Dec 6, 2013 #77 of 176
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    I thought this was wonderful and would like to see more of this. This was a bold, and very expensive move by NBC. I commend them. Perhaps more of you should spend time going to the theater! I grew up on both the movie and multiple stage presentations. They were not trying to regurgitate the past, they were trying to foster interest in young people. I think the twitterverse will destroy this with their two second attention spans.
     
  18. Dec 6, 2013 #78 of 176
    DevdogAZ

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    Several reasons they had no audience, but the biggest one is that the audience wouldn't have been able to see anything but the backs of the camera operators and other crew. This wasn't just a televised stage play. This was developed to be a live TV event. So that means they had to build the sets in place rather than have them mobile. They needed a huge soundstage where all the sets could be in place at once. The sets needed to look good from multiple angles, not just the front, etc. All of the blocking had to be done in such a way so that it could be filmed properly.
     
  19. Dec 6, 2013 #79 of 176
    cherry ghost

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    I agree. We'll definitely see more things like this as the ratings were very good.
     
  20. Dec 6, 2013 #80 of 176
    DUDE_NJX

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    I think we all understand why there was no live audience. Just saying that it would probably work out better if somehow there was one.
     

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