Okay, let me get this out of the way first… Don’t hate me, but I do not like The Sound of Music (the movie, I mean). There I said it. I watched the Carrie Underwood version on my DVR last night for two reasons: My son Chris, the musical fan had to watch it and I really like Carrie Underwood. I remember seeing Miss Underwood a long time ago on her season of American Idol, singing a song by my all time favorite female rock singer, Ann Wilson from Heart, and NAILING IT! I was an instant fan! Simon Cowell said she was like a kitten trying to be a tiger. I kind of got where he was coming from, her quiet persona didn’t quite match the amazing vocal performance. Well that was ten years ago, and she has graduated, she is now a tiger.
Why am I writing this? Well first because, I’ve seen a lot of people slamming Carrie’s performance and I am wondering if they were watching what I was watching, and secondly because it’s 3 a.m. and I can’t sleep so I decided to blog. Here’s what I know. I don’t know if Miss Underwood has done a lot of musical theater, but I know she’s not known for it. I’ve done exactly one musical in my life. It was done in a small but wonderful theater before a sold-out audience of 100 people. My role was about three lines and I was terrified. Miss Underwood on the other hand took on the role of an iconic actress from a movie everyone in the world, but me, seems to love, live, without a net, in front of an estimated 18.5 million people around the world. That’s a gutsy move. That’s a tiger move.
Please people remember this… This was not a movie, shot over a course of days and weeks and months with thousands of takes. This was what you see is what you get, one shot and done, performed live as you watched it, musical theater. Her singing was flawless and amazing. I liked this production a hundred times better than the movie. This was a great job.
Miss Underwood should be proud of her efforts, as should the rest of the cast. It was a job well done and she does not deserve the bad reviews she got. I know, “haters gonna hate” as the saying goes. She said it better on her Twitter feed… Mean people need Jesus…