This event will turn out to be ultimate train wreck, am I right?
I can't stand Carrie either. She's so fake and phony.
Sorry Carrie, why try something already made to perfection, I mean Julie Andrew's performance.
How do you solve a problem like a cuntress?
How do you spin a bitch and make her nice?
How do you solve a problem like a cuntress?
A dumb fundy bitch!
A blonde with a twitch!
How do you solve a problem like a cuntress?
How do you hold a douchebag in your haaaaand?
Why isn't his last name DeFreitas, R3?
Maria is supposed to be fresh, wide eyed, with a hint of innocence. Trashy bleached blonde does not work.
Carrie Underwood's voice has no depth and does not hold even a flicker of a candle to Julie Andrews' voice in her prime.
Underwood actually has a pretty great voice, and I have no doubt she'll sing the part well. I don't know if makeup, hair, and costumes will transform her to someone from another era; her vibe is very much of this one. As for her acting? I'm sure she'll acquit herself well. She appears to be a very sweet, charming girl, but I've met her on several occasions -- I live in Nashville -- and she's anything but. She clearly already knows how to act.
Honestly? It doesn't look as bad as I thought it would. Was it Clarkson or Underwood who murdered a song a few months ago and got roundly criticized for it. I can't even remember what the occasion was.
r10, he's 15, so I guess I was mistaken and he's from her first marriage.
CarriE UndErwood? That is a bad casting choicE.
Dey shoulda axed me
Gentlemen, did you all forget that I ORIGINATED the role in the stage version? This will be the STAGE version not the beloved movie.
What a piece of shit this will be.
A friend of mine is in the ensemble and she said Underwood is doing a good job in rehearsals.. no sign of the Okie twang when she speaks.
Boycott this piece of shit production and anything else connected to the Underwood cunt.
They should have gone with Janet Jackson instead and added lots of dancing. Make it modern. This is quite disheartening. Once again, Janet is passed over for some white bitch.
Only bright spot I see about this production is Laura Bennati as the Baroness.
[quote]no sign of the Okie twang when she speaks.
So she's doing accents now? Better watch your back, Meryl!
She's so stupid, acting like a live performance is such a big, big deal. Sweetie, they're done 8 times a week by lots of people.
Even you perform live at your concerts and on Idol.
But acting ??? Hmmmmmm ....this might be one to stock up on the snacks and drinks for ....
It actually looks like it night surprise everyone and be pretty good.
R26 = Miss Underpants
Well, I am looking forward to it as we are getting the stage book and the songs that were cut from the movie.. I wish that they would use "an Ordinary Couple" instead of "Something Good" from the movie but that seems to be the standard these days... people hate "Couple" so no one ever does it in the stage musical.
Fuck! If only I wasn't so goddamned busy!
Wow, we have Carriestans on the DL.
[quote] They should have gone with Janet Jackson instead and added lots of dancing. Make it modern. This is quite disheartening. Once again, Janet is passed over for some white bitch.
I love you, Parody Janbot.
R30 I'm surprised as well. Though I shouldn't be, considering gay men love straight women who don't really give a shit about them.
I'm looking forward to the question, "What is it you cuntface?"
Will Carrie break character and diss Obamacare to the Mother Abyssmal?
Writers of the CMAS
Janet's REALLY gonna be pissed when she finds out Kelly Clarkson's playing Dorothy in "The Wiz."
I hope they do a live play next. Jerri Blank in A RAISIN THE SUN needs a global audience.
Laura Benanti would be better as Maria. But this shit is gonna stink.
I love Benanti but she doesn't read as girlish onscreen. Then again, if Mary Martin could do PETER PAN on TV at 40+...
R13 tell me more. What's Underwood done to make you think she's a bitch? Any other Nashville gossip? Slept with any closeted country singers?
This will be unprecedented !
She undeniably has a lot of talent and she IS beautiful, I'm looking forward to seeing this with my friends.
I'm the one who's met Underwood a bunch of time. I used to work at the studio where she records. She's not friendly, she's cold, she won't engage with anyone. Her little dog bit me for no reason, yet she started yelling at me, saying "What did you do to my dog?!?," blaming me for her dog's bad behavior. Random things like that. She is just an overall unpleasant person. On the other hand, a friend of mine has Parkinsons Disease, and he was out to dinner one night. He was having one of his spasm attacks, so left the table to sit at the bar to relax and get centered. A woman came up to him, asked if he was ok, and if he needed anything. She got a glass of water for him, and sat with him a minute to make sure he was ok. He didn't know who she was, but the bartender told him when she went back to her table that it was Underwood. So...maybe she's a nice person in some situations, but in a music-related environment she's not. But she never ever ever gives off a friendly vibe.
R42 I remember you posting that story on here before. I believe you - she always comes off as one of those people who smiles and acts all nicey-nice when the cameras are around, but once they're gone, I bet she's a real bitch. I don't know why, but I can usually just sense these things. However, it's nice to know that she was nice to your friend.
Perhaps in her work environments (studio, TV shows etc.) she tends to encounter a lot of leeches so she goes into chilly/bitch mode.
R44 That's show business, so she better just get over it. Plus, that doesn't explain why she accused R42 of doing something to her dumb dog when it bit him.
She probably went on the offensive to avoid a lawsuit.
What do you expect R43....she is from the South after all.
R42 thanks for sharing your story. You know, she's one of those super animal rights activists. I wonder if she is just maybe extra sensitive about her animals. Even though that totally sounds like her fault. Bigger country stars don't seem to like her that much but I can't tell if that's because she doesn't fit in with them because of her activism and being pro-gay marriage or if it's just because she's a bitch.
It's too bad Bea Arthur's dead. Oh, I guess HD would ruin it in any event.
I think Megan Hilty would be a good Maria.
Bigger country stars
Some of you need some damn hearing aids. This girl is can barely stay in tune.
And yes, it was Carrie who sadistically murdered "Yesterday" during the Emmy's.
r9 made me cackle.
Perfect name for her.
FF for R17 you racist piece of shit
With all these reports of her being a bitch, I'm convinced Juliette Barnes is fashioned after Carrie in "Nashville"
No, I don't think Juliette Barnes is based on Carrie. Carrie is a bitch, but she's not aggressive or sexual in the way that Juliette is. She also got where she is by winning American Idol, not from scraping her way to the top. There really isn't anyone at all like Juliette in Nashville. People here are generally and genuinely supportive and helpful to each other, and you just don't see that kind of climbing here. It just doesn't happen. Also what doesn't happen is someone like Scarlet getting a record deal. That's the weak plot point. Every single girl with a guitar here is looking to get a record deal, and someone would NEVER just luck into one. There are so many hurdles and so many other people looking for one, that the chance of someone just having one land in her lap like that without having written a bunch of hit singles first is about one in three gazillion. On the other hand, I can see Rayna being based on Faith Hill; someone who has been very successful, but sees her career starting to slip away as younger upstarts usurp her. Then again, that could be about any aging singer, but Faith is the one trying to hold on the hardest.
You'll love the new scene in which Maria and Captain von Trapp resolve to escape Austria after they hear about Hitler's plan to enroll everybody in a health insurance exchange.
Isn't Moyer the weak link in this production. He has a pleasant enough voice but it doesn't carry well and his acting range is limited. Still, he will make a more attractive Captain than she will a Maria. We already know that Borle and Audra can sing and act so the production won't be a total crapfest.
[quote] it doesn't carry well
He'll be miked, Ethel.
Christian Borle has no chin. It's freakishly distracting.
Well, that may be true, Lucy, but the only way this is going to be entertaining is if it is miked like The Dueling Cavalier. I still say Moyer's voice and acting is going to be amateur hour.
True, r62 but he looked really good on The Good Wife last night. He's slimmed down considerably and the chin isn't quite as distracting.
Could Borle convincing play Dorothy Kilgallen?
R58 I thought Rayna was more like Reba, and Juliette like Taylor Swift. But I'm guessing they're really composites.
I keep seeing this commercial!! ... Apparently this performance will be done in front of live people!! and they'll have to memorize all them lines!! And they'll lip-sing all them foreign songs in only 1 take!! Can y'all imaginate having to do a live movie show!! It's never been done before I tell y'all!!
A Dumbass Fucktart
Well, it is a rare occurence. Not at all unprecedented, of course.
Rayna isn't really like Reba. Although Reba's aging, she's doing surprisingly well, possible because she branched out into acting, so it doesn't seem like her career is hinging on whether her new song is doing well or not. Juliette is nothing like Swift, who really is a lovely, sweet, considerate person. You might not want to believe it, but Swift is really a good person. If anything, Juliette is like the late Mindy McCreedy, who used her youth and sexuality to get ahead, but she wasn't an unkind, sneaky person. I'm not sure either of the characters are composites, though, so much as plot devices, although Rayna's character rings a little more true.
Only a few weeks until the live telecast. If you don't watch this turn in your gay card at the front desk.
[quote]The role principally has been hers for nearly 50 years, but Julie Andrews applauds Carrie Underwood getting a turn as Maria in "The Sound of Music."
[quote]The country music superstar headlines a live, three-hour NBC telecast of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical Thursday, Dec. 5. Oscar, Emmy and Grammy winner Andrews -- whose classic 1965 movie version gets its traditional ABC holiday airing Sunday, Dec. 22 -- says she's interested to see how the new production goes, particularly because of the live aspect (in the eastern half of the country).
[quote]"Fifty years later, it's time somebody had another crack at it," Andrews tells Zap2it. "I had the best time of my life doing it, and it did wonderful things for me. I think it's great that it's being done again, but doing it live must be so daunting for Carrie.
[quote]"I know they're not doing the movie, though. They're doing the Broadway show -- that's what they have the rights to -- and I don't know whether it will resonate similarly. In the movie, we cut some things from the stage version and added some songs."
[quote]Andrews is familiar with the original rendering, having seen it when Mary Martin (Larry Hagman's mother) played Maria on the Great White Way: "It's a lovely piece, and I do hope it works for Carrie, because she's lovely and I'm a fan. I wish her well."
Now, let's read between the lines:
"Says she's interested to see how the new production goes, particularly because of the live aspect" = Going to laugh her ass off when everyone sees it's barely better than a college production.
"Doing it live must be so daunting for Carrie." = Can't sing, can't act, this is going to be a disaster.
"I know they're not doing the movie, though. They're doing the Broadway show -- that's what they have the rights to -- and I don't know whether it will resonate similarly." = The public is going to HATE this.
"I hope it works for her. I wish her well." = I'll be having popcorn, because this is going to be hysterical.
They should have asked Julie to play the Mother Abbess... Oh, wait. That's a singing part.
I saw an ad for the show in a magazine -- apparently the recording is coming out a couple of days ahead of the telecast. I expect reviews here, people!
I think Christian Borle will make an admirable Max Detweiler. He already has playing crypto-gays down to a science: he plays one every day.
Wow, r73--Dame Julie is GOOD! She should write a book on how to put someone down without putting them down.
Julie's rendition of "The Sound of Music" brings tears to my eyes. Whenever this new production's commercial airs, and I hear Underwood warbling it in that generic, Disney-pop-star voice, I want to tear my hair out.
[quote]Julie's rendition of "The Sound of Music" brings tears to my eyes.
That said, I totally agree about Underwood's "Disney-pop-star voice". This will be a train-wreck worth watching.
Ha ha--I admit, I almost MARY!'d myself after I typed that, r78, but your MARIA!! was hilarious. W&W for you!
Carrie requires a lot of time in the make up chair, all that air-brushed orange foundation, liquid liner, false eyelashes, countouring, etc. I can't imagine she would have been considered for the original production in '65 because Technicolor requires that harsh, super bright shadow-less lighting.
I agree! W&W for you 78.
The movie was in Todd-AO and De Luxe color, R80.
This will be a huge hit on television,as the entire redneck nation will be watching.
R80- It wasn't filmed in Technicolor. It was filmed in Color by deLuxe which was an exclusive of 20th Century Fox.
The Todd-AO Troll.. you'll see all the show in Todd-AO!
Wouldn't it be great if someone set off the fire alarm or sprinklers during "My Favorite Things"?
Grumman is a fairly new set of enormous soundstages, previously airplane hangars. Salt and the forthcoming The Amazing Spiderman 2 and Noah were shot there. One soundstage will simply be for the mountains, using rear screen projection. Another will simply be for the nunnery, another for the house, another for the wedding chapel and another for the Salzburg Music Festival Hall. Each has room for camera cranes. Technically it really seems to be shaping up as a fabulous achievement, crapfest or not.
"One soundstage will simply be for the mountains, using rear screen projection. Another will simply be for the nunnery, another for the house, another for the wedding chapel and another for the Salzburg Music Festival Hall. Each has room for camera cranes. Technically it really seems to be shaping up as a fabulous achievement, crapfest or not."
What's the technical achievement - having a bunch of different soundstages? Has that never been done before?
Well at least it won't look as cramped as the 1957 TV musical, Julie Andrews in CINDERELLA.
Elder theater queen
Praying for FOLLIES: Live!
R102 I don't think Logo has that kind of money.
Hmmm I thought they were just going to sing the numbers similar to the "South Pacific" production a few years ago on PBS with Reba and Harry Connock Jr. But it sounds like they are doing the full shebang.
When Carrie Underwood was asked by Ryan Seacrest on the Emmy red carpet whether or not she had seen the epic movie The Sounds of Music she answered "Yes. But her rendition would include music."
Does that mean yodeling R114?
[quote] Yes. But her rendition would include music.
Did she have a brainfart and forget the word extra?
She actually said "Yes, but we're doing the musical version." She meant to say they were doing the stage version.
Can't wait for the revues from Datalounge after the show!
Carrie Underpants is a cunt.
I saw her with her braids pinned up... she looks... so German. In a bad, period picture kind of a way. I'm starting to wonder if the last scene is Maria climbing the mountains alone.... AND STRAIGHT TO KEHLSTEINHAUS!!!!
Those costumes look hillarious. Carrie looks like a cartoony oktoberfest waitress.
Doesn't this seem like more of a Sunday night thing than a Thursday night? Who is going to sit in front of their tv for 3 hours on a Thursday night? I mean, besides you queens?
I don't get why it's on a Thursday night rather than a Sunday night, either. Unless NBC is that desperate to put their tanking comedy line-up on hold for another week.
Thursday night is the biggest bight for advertising sales.
Since they cut my favorite number "An Ordinary Couple," all I really care about is Liesl has to be pretty. I saw Imelda de Martin play that role in the first national (Florence Henderson) company back in 1961 and she was beautiful.
Yes I prefer 'An Ordinary Couple' to that movie song.. flame away!
Sunday would also seem to have the advantage that it could have started at 7 instead of 8. 7-10 seems like a much more advantageous time slot for a "family friendly" broadcast than 8-11, when it'll lose lots of kids (and maybe their parents with them) to bedtime before it's over. But I guess NBC has Sunday Night Football, so probably can't run anything else on Sunday nights during football season. If I were them, I still might have waited on this SOUND OF MUSIC for another time of the year when it could be on a Sunday 7-10, instead of a Thursday 8-11 just because it's the Christmas season.
NBC doesn't want to repeat a particular Sunday night decades ago. "Heidi" started on time interrupting a football game.
This is the "Heidi" story ...
On November 17, 1968, the Oakland Raiders score two touchdowns in nine seconds to beat the New York Jets--and no one sees it, because they’re watching the movie Heidi instead.
With just 65 seconds left to play, NBC switched off the game in favor of its previously scheduled programming, a made-for-TV version of the children’s story about a young girl and her grandfather in the Alps.
Viewers were outraged, and they complained so vociferously that network execs learned a lesson they’ll never forget: "Whatever you do," one said, "you better not leave an NFL football game."
Gypsy played on ABC on a Sunday night in early December and got huge ratings. Same producers as The Sound Of Music, Neil Meron and Craig Zadan.
How wince-inducing will tomorrow night's Making Of...special be on a scale of 1 to 10?
Surely it won't be any worse than the show itself, will it?
I'm making popcorn.
Behind the scenes special tonight at 8PM
Okay, it's time for me to eat a little crow. The Making Of... has been really entertaining. Particularly the audition process for the casting of the kids. Who are quite cute. Still photos don't do them justice. And they are really talented. Carrie sounds great on all but the title song but she still has a week to rehearse. As I suspected, Moyer seems to be the weak link and they don't really spend too much time on him, although he is doing a good job of narrating. I may actually enjoy this. Who knew? This is a first class production. NBC finally has a winner on it's hands.
r133 = paid shill
Not a shill. I am genuinely surprised that this might actually be good. Sue me.
Did anyone see Moyer in "Chicago" at the Hollywood Bowl?
R58 said: "She also got where she is by winning American Idol, not from scraping her way to the top."
Not that I care about Carrie at all but the Idols who were most successful like Kelly, Clay, Carrie, Fantasia, Jennifer Hudson and others were all scraping their way to the top since they were children. Idol was just the exposure needed to really break out. But none of them just went to audition ion a whim and became stars overnight. They all played bars and toured for years and years.
Idol wants you to think they pluck stars out of thin air but thats a lie.
Ironic that this fundie cunt is playing a woman who flees the Nazis.
I gotta say I was also expecting the worst but was charmed by the cast, especially the kids
Since Carrie and Kristi Dawn are both Okies, shouldn't they get together for "Oklahoma!"?
So what about that hot Asian rehearsal pianist?
[quote]She also got where she is by winning American Idol, not from scraping her way to the top
So you think she just woke up one day and said, "Hey maybe I'll be a singer, American idol is coming to town"? You can't be that much of a fool.
[quote]Ironic that this fundie cunt is playing a woman who flees the Nazis.
So a stupid skit on an award show, that she didn't even write, defines her, huh? You know nothing about her.
Friedrich is a baby geyling
I want to see Rolf's feets.
Friedrich is a cutie. Kurt is so gay he's jamming my gaydar for the rest of the cast.
Moyer pings too
Rolf looked a bit too "ethnic" for an Aryan. But with a black Mother Abbess, I guess no one will notice.
[quote]Rolf looked a bit too "ethnic" for an Aryan. But with a black Mother Abbess, I guess no one will notice.
Maybe they will die his hair close to air time. Idiot at ATC thinks NBC converted Grumman for the production.
[quote]Kurt is so gay he's jamming my gaydar for the rest of the cast
Kurt is Joe West and his mother is the fabulous film noir-ish soap actress Maura West who plays Ava Jerome on General Hospital.
[quote]Since Carrie and Kristi Dawn are both Okies, shouldn't they get together for "Oklahoma!"?
Don't forget me!
Megan, you're not a REAL Okie. You were born in Los Angeles and lived here until you were 6.
Carrie is being given the GW Bush treatment, which right wingers do when they know they are producing an inferior product. The bar of expectation is set very low, so , if the person goes even one inch above the base standard, they hail it as a triumph. This is the case with this show...... and all the gays will watch.
Not everything is about politics, r153. Stop being a victim.
Didn't Mary Martin co-produce the stage "The Sound of Music" as well as star in the musical?
I remember vaguely that she had to sell a piece of her investment in the musical at some point for tax reasons. The same with "Peter Pan."
Still she must have really cleaned up financially, since the TSOM ran for years on Broadway and was a much bigger hit in films.
Perhaps not a lot of money by today's standard, but certainly by the standards of the 1960s.
[quote] As I suspected, Moyer seems to be the weak link and they don't really spend too much time on him, although he is doing a good job of narrating.
I like Moyer but he seems afraid to really let loose. I understand that he doesn't have a particularly strong voice but even miked it was hard to hear him. He does seem like a will o the wisp in the musical theater genre. And to the poster who wrote that he pings, I noticed that too. It was quite the surprise to see him so "animated":)
Rolf is extremely hot with a killer cleft chin! Doesn't look Austrian but neither does Mother Superior!
[quote]Carrie is being given the GW Bush treatment, which right wingers do when they know they are producing an inferior product. The bar of expectation is set very low, so , if the person goes even one inch above the base standard, they hail it as a triumph. This is the case with this show...... and all the gays will watch
What the hell are you babbling about? And on what planet do you live on where this is an inferior product? This is a first rate production whether you think so or not.
Does Borle have size meat?
Aren't they recording the music and singing and having the cast lipsync?
Several local stations have done promo features. Reporters say they can't show us the sets because it's part of the surprise. Two minutes later there's a commercial with Underwood and the kids dancing on three sets.
BMcM is a fantartic director.
Joe West is the son of Maura West and Scott DeFreitas.
She had another son, Benjamin, with her first husband Jonathan Knight from NKOTB.
Based on what I viewed on the "making of" NBC special, Carrie's acting is pretty bad.
It's no wonder she's supposedly received Julie Andrew's blessing . . . Miss Andrews is confident her iconic performance will not be touched.
It was magnifico! This will clean up on People's Choice Awards this year!
As will "Hello, Ross".
Hasn't Maura West popped out, like, 5 kids with DeFreitas?
The music will be pre-recorded. The cast will sing over the tracks.
Why is the kid's last name West?
Will they sing "How Can Love Survive?"
[quote]It's no wonder she's supposedly received Julie Andrew's blessing . . . Miss Andrews is confident her iconic performance will not be touched.
Even if Carrie gives a passable, or even a good performance (a big if for a non-actress), nobody's going to forget the movie for quite awhile. Nor did anybody forget the original film versions of other musicals that got the Monday morning quarterback treatment from Zadan and Meron.
I also have to say that I love Julie Andrews, but her some of her fans are just batshit insane.
Oh brother, are they going to give Audra another award for Mother Abbess?
I saw the Broadway revival and a local theatre company (Smithtown CPA) do Sound of Music, and I think the stage version now includes songs from the movie, including I Have Confidence and Somewhere in My Youth or Childhood. The Smithtown one also had My Favorite Things sung by Maria and the Mother Abbess and not to the children during a storm.
I wonder which version or hybrid they are using for the TV show.
She is not looking attractive in this. The camera magnifies her jowls and ski-jump nose.
Julie kind of has a ski-jump nose, too.
Who cares what size meat Christian Borle has. You just know it has oozing zits all over it.
Ah, the only thing missing from this production is that right wing bitch from Everybody Loves Raymond.
I won't be watching.
R161 R178 "Small" is a size, isn't it?
When is this thing airing?
Thursday, December 5th at 8PM. I think it's three and a half hours long. Could be mistaken.
[quote]Will they sing "How Can Love Survive?"
They showed them rehearsing it in the special. That and "No Way To Stop It." And it was Maria and the kids doing "My Favorite Things."
[quote] Will they sing "How Can Love Survive?"
If they cut it, I walk.
Laura Benanti is sexy. Is she the one Borle was banging?
[quote] Laura Benanti is sexy. Is she the one Borle was banging?
No, that was Laura Bell Bundy.
r182 is correct, and the night before (Wednesday, the 4th) from 8:00-9:00 NBC presents the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting.
How many nosejobs has Laura BB had now?
I gather there will be a live orchestra there, they won't be singing to a track.
[quote]I gather there will be a live orchestra there, they won't be singing to a track.
Once again, they are singing live to a 27 piece orchestra track. They recorded the orchestra and while they were doing that, they recorded the cast vocals which will be released as the soundtrack/cast album only. They will be singing live on the show.
FOLLIES had a 28 piece orchestra! I won't stand for one player less!?!?!
I watched the one hour "making of" commercial for this that NBC ran a few nights ago.
Carrie Underwood may be a great singer, but whoever cast this show should have asked if she can act.
The character of Maria is supposed to be vulnerable and naive. I don't get the impression that Ms. Underwood can pull that off ... or too many other emotions, either.
Laura Bell Bundy has had multiple nose jobs and she still has that huge honker? She should sue her plastic surgeon.
[quote] I think it's three and a half hours long.
It will feel like 33 and a half hours.
Agree, agree, 184 and 185. I was devastated when they cut it from the movie. I'm old enough to remember Marion Marlow, who sang it on Broadway, with Arthur Godfrey.
Will anyone believe Stephen Moyer would leave Laura Benanti for Carrie Underpants? Especially in those Oktoberfest frocks??
[quote] Will anyone believe Stephen Moyer would leave Laura Benanti for Carrie Underpants?
Maybe he has a thing for blonds
At least they were smart enough to cast Broadway performers in the supporting roles.
Audra, Laura and Christian have seven Tony Awards between them.
A cast with seven Tonys? What's so simple about that?
Sorry, couldn't resist.
[quote]Carrie Underwood may be a great singer, but whoever cast this show should have asked if she can act.
You sound like an ATC Asshole that goes to a first preview and deems it not worth opening. You saw very early rehearsals, Dear. Unclench, you might actually enjoy it, but you have already made up your mind.
According to an article in today's NY Times, the performers will be singing live to pre recorded tracks.
As has been posted here several times...
Yeah, but now it's in the New York Times. That means it's accurate.
How very dare you!
Will they be singing to a live orchestra?
According to the Picayune Post, they'll be singing along to an original vinyl pressing of the OBC.
[quote]Will they be singing to a live orchestra?
No, they're going to sing to a dead one, schmuck!
Why would they be singing to pre-recorded tracks if a 37 piece orchestra is supposed to be present?
Joe West has taken his mother's maiden name as a stage name.
It is more commercial sounding than DeFretias.
It's an easier job for the sound people.
r209 He's also taken his mother's face. He looks just like her.
I think he looks like his dad, too.
A friend of mine is playing a Nazi in it and he said the first dress rehearsal went great last night. He thinks Carrie Underwood will be a total revelation to some, at least for her singing, which he said is superb. And he said Audra McDonald, Christian Borle, Laura Benanti and Kristine Nielsen all have priceless comic moments in it, as do some of the children.
R212- I know someone who is in the ensemble and she said Carrie is doing a great job.
She can sing any jandra.
What's the word on Moyer's performance, r212? Did your friend mention him at all? Same question for kcguy.
R214 should be signed Bo B.
The soundtrack is really good. I'm not a big fan of either 'Climb Ev'ry Mountain' or Audra McDonald recordings, but she sings it beautifully. L. Benanti's high notes are also perfect, as is that hot piece of trade playing Rolf. Moyer is the weak link vocally, but he's not close to Russell Crowe awfulness.
No R215. Paula only mentioned Carrie and Audra Ann. She said both were amazing. Will post if I hear anything.
Carrie Underwood singing "The Sound of Music" from the new recording.
I believe it's three and a half hours long, r219. The production values are first rate. And the talent doesn't come cheap. Not surprising.
It is scheduled in a three-hour timeslot.
And there'll be commercials, of course.
If only Joe Manganiello had been free to play Capt Von Trappe!
I hope Moyer kills it just to make Manganiello jealous. And you know it will.
This will produce big ratings in the heartland (notice I didn't say flyover country) -- well, big ratings for a network in 2013, at least. The Hollywood Reporter says NBC is already eying a repeat telecast before Christmas.
The show is technically 2 hrs 15 min with 45 minutes of commercials and promos.
My friend said Moyer's singing has improved greatly in recent days, he looks very handsome and is higly credible as Von Trapp. He adores the children but says keep a special eye on the ones who play Louisa and Marta. He said the little girl who plays Marta has a few terrific comical moments and the young lady who plays Louisa has a genuine future as an actress. He likes Ariane Rinehart and Michael Campayno a lot and added that "Sixteen Going On Seventeen" was a bitch to stage but it will pay off tomorrow night. And he really adores Carrie Underwood, her acting is getting better and better and her singing will absolutely shut the Haters down.
DVD being released in two weeks too.
R225's friend is on the catering staff
Why be a killjoy, r225? You don't know that. We have some inside scoop and you dis the messenger. No wonder this place is so dead.
r225 seemed like an upbeat post...
My post was meant for r227. Apologies r225. I liked your scoop. Thank your friend for the info.
Only a few more hours to go. I'm thinking about making some pink lemonade and apfelstrudel for tonight. I know, I know: MARY!
I feel the same way, r231! I really want to see this. And I hope it's good. I don't have a strong opinion about Underwood one way or the other so I'm not rooting her to fail. I appreciate what they are trying to do. Break a leg kids!
I have a friend in the cast too and he said at every break Carrie Underwood goes into her dressing room and watches Fox news.
Carrie was a Tri Sig in college so she's OK in my book.
Pi Beta Phi Betty
From what I heard of Underwood singing on the commercial she could hit the notes but her voice was lifeless and lacked feeling compared to Andrews. And I never felt Andrews' singing voice had a lot of emotion until I heard Underwood in the commercial.
Underwood and McDonald sound very odd together on their duet - one belting, and one sopranoing it up.
Do they have schnitzel with noodles at the craft services table?
Might this have the possibility to at least become camp?
No, r238. This looks like a straight forward attempt to replicate the stage show. They aren't going for camp. I'll settle for entertaining.
So, at last night's Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting, Audra MacDonald gave us a preview of what her performance tonight will be like. She sang "Climb Every Mountain." .. It was sort of meh. She obviously never heard Patricia Neway or Leontyne Price sing it. She hasn't a clue as to how dynamic the piece can be. It can almost steal the show when done right. Let's see what she does with it tonight.
I think Laura Benanti will be going for camp.
C'mon, Maria will be played by a bleached blonde country music star and mother superior is suddenly black...I think this certainly has some camp potential.
Well, unintentionally camp, r242. Which is the best kind of camp. Are we all going to meet back here and live post during the show?
I have an bootleg audio of Mary Martin and the original cast in a complete performance. Martin's Texas twang came through loud and clear.
R241- I just remembered that Benanti made her Broadway debut replacing Rebecca Luker in the revival.. she was only 19.
Anyone ready EW.com's listing of each song from worst to best? They have Something Good as the worst song from SOM. I kind of always liked the melody, although the lyrics "somewhere in my youth, or childhood" never really made any sense.
Ordinary Couple, excluded again.
Julie Andrews was a bleached blonded as well.
I pronounced children .... cheeldren.
"Now cheeldren, once you have these notes in your head you can sing a million different tunes by mixing them up."
Mary Martin, departed
Yeah, R240, that Audra McDonald what a hack.
DL HAS to liveblog this. It's one of the things we pay for.
[quote]DL HAS to liveblog this. It's one of the things we pay for.
Ditto. Not counting the Emmys, the Oscars, etc., this should be the most liveblogged DL event since Liza introduced the Boyfriend Blazer.
r216 said "The soundtrack is really good." Since this a live performance it can't have soundtrack, a term exclusive to movies. The edge of 16 & 35mm celluloid film has a track which carries the sound, the "soundtrack." We're sure the poster meant to say "the music is really good."
There had better be a liveblog going on here, it's not like any of my real life friends give a shit about this stuff.
Naturally, those of us who can't watch it live (i.e., we're on the West Coast) can't participate!
anyone have a live link for west coasters?
Wonder if the cast stayed in beautiful downtown Bethpage for the last week or they bused them back to the city.
stayed in Bethpage for the final few days of dress rehearsals, etc.
It's beginning right now! ..
They are following the sequence of events of the Broadway show and not the Hollywood film. Some people will find it refreshing and different and others will be disappointed. The performances so far are rather bland. I'm gonna stick with it for a while...
The sound quality is OK but sometimes I hear a fuzzy sound?
Underwood started really tearing up during the Climb Every Mountain song .
Old Beel as the captain is decent.
Audra adds a touch of operatic class.
I would like to ask R200 -- Now that it's over, what did you think of Carrie Underwood's acting?
It was the mother of all train wrecks.
I've always wanted [italic]The Sound of Music[/italic] to look like a Norman Lear sitcom.