The Sound of Music Live

2013 television special by NBC

The Sound of Music Live! was a live television production of the musical The Sound of Music. It was telecast on NBC Thursday evening December 5, 2013 between 8 and 11 p.m. ET.


Characters change

The production starred Carrie Underwood as Maria von Trapp. Others in the cast included Stephen Moyer as Georg von Trapp, Audra McDonald as Mother Abbess, Laura Benanti as Elsa Schrader, and Christian Borle as Max Detweiler.

Background change

The production was based on the original 1959 Broadway musical by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, rather than the 1965 movie adaptation starring Julie Andrews.

Reviews change

Critics said that Underwood sang well, but she received poor reviews for her acting. The New York Times wrote that Underwood's "bloodless performance put a damper on the night" and described her as "sleepwalking". The greatest praise was given to Laura Benanti as Elsa Schrader who was said to have "had all the sparkle and mischief that Ms. Underwood, as Maria, lacked." The Times closed their review with, "It was a live performance of a legendary musical that felt muted and a little sad."[1]

References change

  1. Stanley, Alessandra (December 6, 2013). ""Idol," Meet the Trapps: The Perils of Tinkering With Favorite Things". The New York Times.