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Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by Steveknj, Nov 26, 2013.
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I liked it a lot, and want to thank NBC for trying something bold. It worked for me, I'd love to see more performances like this on NBC instead of endless police dramas and juvenile comedies.
I agree I miss event TV like miniseries and specials like this. There is a lot of musicals they could do like Annie or West Side Story.
I'm giving NBC a grade of B. Glad to hear the ratings were good. Maybe we'll get more shows like this.
Carrie's next step ought to be a real Broadway show, so she can get more stage experience. She should start with "Oklahoma!" or "Annie Get Your Gun".
The actor, Steven Moyer, is 44. How old do you think someone has to be to have a 16 (going on 17) year old child?
And Christopher Plummer was nearly 10 years younger than Moyer ...
I had the same thought. Someone who is supposed to be 40 in the late 30's would have probably got married around 18. 7 kids is no surprise. I was more shocked he landed a girl 15 or so years younger than him. How old was the real Von Trapp when he married Maria? Or is all of that false?
Wikipedia says he was married at 31 and was 42 when his first wife died. He married Maria 5 years later, but did not leave the country until he was 58. So the age portrayed in the movie is from 47 to 58 or there abouts.
For my money Plummer was 36 trying to act like a 47+ year old man while Moyer was 44 trying to act like a 35 year old man. I preferred Plummer's take on the role.
I feel the same way, I'm not one of those people who have to constantly compare something to it's original. I went in with an open mind and knowing it was not a remake of the movie. Also helps that I'm a fan of Carrie Underwoods and I've seen her live.
CNN tells me the Twitterverse and Facing Books were blowing up with people bashing it. But based on the comments here, there seems to be a disconnect.
I thought it was a little underwhelming. The music and singing was very good. I didn't notice any major flubs or mess ups. But I think the non-singing portions were just a little flat.
As far as doing in a big sound stage and no audience vs. doing in a theater with an audience? I guess it depends on what is more important. If it's more important for it to look good for a TV viewer at home, then doing the way they did was better. You can build multiple, large, elaborate sets for the various scenes. Much more so than you could if you had a single stage and had to move pieces in and out at breaks. Also, the sound stage setup frees you up with lots of cameras and positions and what not to get the shots you need.
I still have Peter Pan on a VHS tape somewhere. NBC showed it again (with Mary Martin) in the late 80s or early 90s and my son loved it when he was little. I wonder is some of the "problems" we are having is we are SO used to modern TV, with all of the advancements in sound and so forth that this looked a bit "off". I haven't watched it all yet, but I enjoyed the pieces I saw. But I was lucky enough to catch a couple of songs and very little dialog, so maybe that's why I don't have a strong impression of the acting just yet.
I get that, but, I think NBC should have done this as a stage play. I know they were going for the type of thing they did in the 1950s and 60s, but unfortunately, technology has passed it by. Doing it as a stage play, might have worked better.
Better for who? Certainly, it would have been neat for those in the audience in the theater. Better for the TV audience? Possibly maybe for the acting. But plenty of actors act just fine without a live audience. The way they did it certainly made it LOOK better for TV.
I say for the acting. How many actors have done something like this? Live TV in front of NO audience? I'd say VERY few. So even the best actors might have had trouble with something like this. And these were hardly the best actors out there.
FWIW the NY Times review seems to echo the sentiments of most here:
Well, maybe the real problem was the casting and not the staging.
Well seems we could have had the best of both worlds. Seems they approached Anne Hathaway for the role first.
BIG stage... you can easily see how they accomplished a couple of their scene transitions, by simply walking from one to another. This studio is HUGE!
Think as big as the moon!
While no one should be comparing this with the movie, it was doomed from the start. It was supposed to be a performance of a musical play. In order for that to succeed, the performers, particularly the one in the lead role, must be able to act as well as sing.