Thank the heavens.
What happened? What’s over?
“The Sound of Music Live!”
And now, I don’t have to worry or anticipate about how terrible the remake will be. I’ve seen remade live versions of The Sound of Music that have been rearranged to work on a live stage. I’m okay with that. But this… This was horrible.
More on that in a hot second. I want to digress and tell you a great story about my cousin – who’s remade version of the Sound of Music really entertains me.
Seeing plays and musicals have always been a huge part of my family. Every year for Christmas – for about the last 20 years – my grandparents’ gift to all of the granddaughters has been a day at the Warner Theater to see The Nutcracker. This is a tradition that we all agree helps make Christmas, Christmas. It’s just not the holiday season until we see men prancing around in tights.
So I didn’t think it out of the ordinary when my aunt sent me a text to tell me that my young cousin – who’s about 15 years my junior – was singing songs from the Sound of Music a few weeks ago. No, no. That was not the strange/entertaining part. This was:
Now think about the lyrics to Edelweiss. For those of you who don’t know them, here they are:
Every morning you greet me
Small and white, clean and bright
You look happy to meet me
Blossom of snow may you bloom and grow
Bloom and grow forever
Bless my homeland forever.
I’m not sorry that I am amused by this very immature humor.
Okay. Hot second is over. Back to how awful that remake was. It was terrible. We all know that I am not a Carrie Underwood fan. I don’t know her as a person, but as a star, I just am not a fan. She doesn’t impress me. But, a wise aunt of mine told me to watch with an open mind, this was one of my grandmother’s favorite plays. So I promised I would and I tried really, really hard.
And by the end of the play, even my aunt was disappointed with how “The Sound of Music, Live!” went.
More than the bad acting, I am disappointed by how much of the history they took out of the play. Beyond being a beautiful love story, the play is about the Germans’ invasion of Austria and how the Germans were received in Austria. There was very little of that history.
What’s also very frustrating is that many people who have never seen the Julie Andrews version were turned off my the Carrie version; my fiancé was one. I had to assure him several times that the original was so much better, but after that televised catastrophe, I think it’s going to take some real arm twisting to get him to watch. I promised him that I would watch all of the Star Wars if he just watched this one movie for me.