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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Awesome Adaptations (70) The Sound of Music Live

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This meme celebrates an awesome adaptation related to a weekly category. Any format of adaptation (television series, film, web series, etc.) is acceptable as long as it is based in some form on a book. Awesome Adaptations was created by Alisa Selene at PictureMeReading.

An Awesomely Festive Adaptation
Title: The Sound of Music Live
Adapted from: The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria Augusta Trapp

I'm not sure why The Sound of Music is shown so much around the holidays.  There's no mention of Christmas in it, but it does suit the feeling of the holiday with it's joy and the depiction of a loving family, so I wanted to talk about the live musical that was shown earlier this month for the last official Awesome Adaptations post.

This was definitely not a perfect rendition of the musical.  Carrie Underwood is a great singer, but very flat as an actress and it seemed such a shame that the producers didn't cast someone who could really have carried this generally wonderful production.  Stephen Moyer as the Captain was overall pretty good I think, but there were times when his severe face was a little too much.  But.  There were tons of talent in this production and the way they brought the story to life was well worth the slight issues I had with casting.  Of course all the Broadway vets were amazing, and the casting for the children was really awesome.  I think Kurt and Brigitta stood out for me - it's so interesting to watch these kids really inhabit the role.

The novelty of watching a live performance of a stage show in the comfort of your own home is the best part of this production existing.  The Sound of Music has such a wonderful, uplifting story that it is a treat to see these actors going through the story and the emotions without filter - it feels real even though the set and the lighting (and the acting!) can be a little unrealistic.  And it is interesting to see how the actors did deal with the slight hiccups that occurred in the production - now forever and endearingly preserved on film.  This is an adaptation that will be great to experience now and again for the wonderful story and singing, and the joy of seeing it all live.

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  1. I agree! It was a real treat and I hope they do more like this in the future!

    1. I think they will be doing more live shows in the future! I am curious to see what they pick - I feel like part of the reason it was so successful was because it was Sound of Music - so they should pick another show that is equally popular (like Phantom!)