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The Original Von Trapp Children Give Their Reactions To The Sound Of Music: Live

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Updated 12/9/2013 5:35pm
The Original Von Trapp Children Give Their Reactions To The Sound Of Music: Live
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Dani Strehle

Content Editor

Last week, over 18 million people tuned in for the highly anticipated live television broadcast of the beloved Sound of Music. I was not one of those 18 million. If you ask me, some things, especially perfect ones, should be left alone. Madonna taught us this when she covered the Don McLean classic, “American Pie,” all the way back in 2000. And so when I learned about the live production of the Sound of Music, I was immediately skeptical. When I discovered who had been cast to play the titular characters; I was irate. Vampire Bill as Captain Von Trapp? Seriously? And Carrie Underwood? She couldn’t act her way out of a tent. The role of Maria requires so much more than the ability to scream-sing. I love the Sound of Music; a lot.  And I was not thrilled with the idea of somebody going in there and getting their sticky fingers on it and trying to get the biggest names possible to pull in ratings; consequences and integrity of the content be damned. But what did the movie Von Trapp children think? Entertainment Weekly caught up with four of the seven original Von Trapps to get their opinion on the revamped project. Keep on reading to find out how they felt about the whole production. Angela Cartwright, who played Brigitta in the original, had high hopes for the event. “I really wanted to like it, because I’m not stodgy about trying to keep things always the way that they are, and I like innovation and stuff like that, but it couldn’t make up its mind about whether it was a theater production or if they were trying to do the movie.” She also said that it felt as though the production was taped; instead of being filmed live as promised. She felt that Stephen Moyer was far too young to have seven children, one of them sixteen; and then Audra McDonald was not nearly old enough to pull off the wise words of the Mother Abbess. She took issue with the entirety of “Favorite Things,” and that McDonald’s true talent did not shine through. In conclusion, Cartwright stated: “And people that see this movie, the original, they know it, they know it inside and out, and it was a big challenge to begin with, so they should have really, in my opinion, stuck to being the play, just the theater, and not thrown in a song that was written for the movie, like “Something Good.” Friedrich, played by Nicholas Hammond, wasn’t able to see the live show, as he resides in Australia. Thanks to the internet, he was able to catch some of the performances, and while he thought it looked great; Julie Andrews is, and always will be, his Maria. But he also makes a good point in that, Andrews truly is only one incarnation of Maria. The Broadway show began before even the movie, and so the list of Maria’s is substantial. When speaking about Carrie Underwood, Hammond said that, “I thought going with somebody like Carrie who has a beautiful voice and who has her own following, I thought, “What a fascinating idea,” because it’s looking outside the box a little bit. It’s not just getting another Broadway singer; it’s somebody who comes from a background that in a funny way kind of is a reflection of the real Maria, because the real Maria grew up on a farm, she was a country girl…” He also voiced his hopes that Carrie may read this piece and see that the original Von Trapps thought she did a great job and made an incredibly bold move by agreeing to do a live television show in the first place. Marta, played by Debbie Turner, thought that the singing was absolutely beautiful, and that Carrie did an impeccable job. But she too was disappointed with the lack of “live show” elements. There were no audience reactions, no laughter in the background. “The one piece that I felt was missing from when you see the live version of the play is you didn’t get a reaction from the audience. They didn’t play that. There’s little clips that definitely get a chuckle or a laugh. I somehow thought they were going to be in front of a live audience.” But Audra McDonald brought a tear to her eye with “Climb Every Mountain,” and all in all, she thought it was a success. The cutest Von Trapp of all, Gretl, played by Kym Karath, may have been the most disappointed in the production. While she loves Carrie Underwood, she stated that there were some serious issues with the production as a whole. “I thought some of the dialog was pretty poor. I found in the production value, there was very little respect for keeping things consistent in terms of the period of time that the play is taking place. It’s taking place in the late ’30s. They just disregarded things that had to do with that timeframe, and maybe they were trying to make it more contemporary, but there’s only so much you can do without risking the integrity of the entire production…” She and I agree that Laura Benanti was arguably the best part of the production. Her crisp, clear voice and obvious stage experience shone through. Karath is, understandably, protective of the Sound of Music, stating that, “Listen, it’s very close to my heart. I just don’t think things were done as well as they should have been done, and I think that extends to pretty much every aspect of it. Ultimately, I think I probably would have liked it to have seen it just better directed.” Can’t argue with that! What about you, PopWrappers? Were you thrilled or disappointed with the Sound of Music: Live? We want to know your thoughts, so be sure and answer the poll questions below! 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