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a brand new production of a beloved musical
on January 1, 2014
The great actor John Barrymore succeeded in the role of Hamlet as few Americans of his time did. Comparisons with earlier Hamlets were inevitable. What made his special however, was that he approached the role as if it were written specifically for him. It was a novel approach and it worked. No less was this production of The Sound of Music just as special for viewers today, and for exactly the same reason as Barrymore's Hamlet worked in 1924. This is a NEW approach to a timeless classic. In that sense, it worked beautifully. Carrie Underwood made Maria her own. She did transform from the flibbertigibbet in the earlier part of the show to a mature woman who was indeed a level headed strong person when she needed to be. By the same token, Von Trapp transformed to the military martinet in the first part of the show to a loving father in the later scenes when he needed to. Underwood's transformation was subtle, as it should be, but it was there. Having seen the show many times on stage in local community theaters, I often missed the transformation because it wasn't there.
Having been an actor and musician for 45 years I know how difficult one time live performances can be. There are no retakes. Carrie Underwood was the consummate professional in working with the children and using her professionalism to guide them through this one time event. For this day and age in Television entertainment, it was great to see something for the whole family done so well.
The sets were great. The abbey was the abbey, the villa and gardens were beautiful and did not take away from the performances of the actors. Going back to the staging of the original 1959 show, and the original songs was a great idea. Would Rodgers and Hammerstein have approved of this new production? I think they would. Too often I have seen stage productions of movies rip off movie choreography and staging. The staging, blocking, and choreography in this production were fresh. This production should be in every family's video library. Kudos to everyone involved. And please don't view this comparing it to the film..Appreciate this classic on its own.