Sound of Music, Live!
December 5, 2013
Early on in The Sound of Music, the nuns of Nonnberg Abbey sing a number asking, “How do you solve a problem like Maria?”. I imagine most of the viewers of NBC’s The Sound of Music Live were asking the same question upon seeing Carrie Underwood’s performance in the lead role of one of the most beloved musicals of all time. Don’t get me wrong, I understand why Carrie Underwood was cast in role of Maria. In fact, I’m quite certain this production would not have aired during prime time without Underwood’s name attached to it (unless of course Katy Perry, Lady Gaga or Ke$ha were alternately cast). The question that needs to be asked is whether there was any point to this undertaking if the lead role couldn’t be filled with someone with actual acting talent. Yes and no.
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