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The Sound of …WHAT??!!!

on September 17, 2013

I try to keep this blog as positive and uncontentious as possible, but sometimes an issue arises that is so controversial that I feel I must speak out.

This news item was pointed out to me yesterday: On December 5th NBC will be airing :” The Sound of Music Live!” starring Carrie Underwood and Stephen Moyer. If you don’t believe me, here’s the link:


I ask you, is this really necessary? Can anything possibly be better than Julie Andrews  twirling in the Alps singing “the hills are alive…”? Or skipping through the streets of Salzburg singing “Doe,  a Deer”?

I have to say, I think Carrie Underwood is a very talented singer, but I feel no need for a replacement Maria (and yes, I know Mary Martin originated the role on Broadway, and many other talented people have portrayed Maria there.) The Sound of Music and Julie Andrews are an icon of my childhood – I wanted to BE Maria von Trapp.

Recently my husband saw an advertisement for the movie “Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter” and asked, “why did they have to make Lincoln a vampire hunter?” Good question, but i think the more important one is “why did they have to make Captain von Trapp a VAMPIRE?! I do realize that Stephen Moyer is an actor who portrays a vampire on “True Blood”, and it will not surprise me if I find out he is a decent singer (but to be honest, we don’t love Christopher Plummer as the Captain for his stupendous singing, do we?), but I know I will be watching him, waiting for the fangs to come out and bite Maria on the neck!

I also realize that I’m somewhat of a hypocrite. A movie I loved as a child (and still do!) was Rodger and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. But this is the one I watched and loved (many times!):

Following my theory of “Julie Andrew is the Musical Queen of the Universe” I should watch this one:

I have no defense except to say that perhaps if this version was available when I was younger, I would have watched it. (Note to parents with young children: The Sound of Music starring Julie Andrews is readily available on DVD and frequently on plain old TV!)

Which do you prefer?:



I know how I feel, but I’ll probably have the DVR set!

So long, farewell… Good -byeeeee!


3 responses to “The Sound of …WHAT??!!!

  1. Trish says:

    Young Christopher Plummer = SWOON!

  2. stacy says:

    I wanted to be Maria too! I mean, who wouldn’t!!!!! She was one of My Favorite Things… but def understand your outrage.. and can’t decide if I will watch or not. It could not be better, but what if I (GULP) liked it! I would feel so disloyal! Ah, the dilemma remakes create for die hard fans!

  3. […] after I wrote this blog post, I felt obligated to watch “The Sound of Music Live” starring Carrie Underwood. Which I […]

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