I was named after Julie Andrews. My maiden name is Julie Ann Richards. My mom wanted to call me Melody (gag me), but thankfully, my dad intervened and suggested Julie Ann because Julie Andrews was becoming popular in 1958 when I was born (OMG……I just revealed my age of 39….it’s the new math so just stop trying to figure it out!). Julie Andrews had just starred in My Fair Lady in 1958 and of course went on to star in Sound of Music, Chitty-Chitty Bang Bang, Mary Poppins, and other wonderful productions. Needless to say, Julie Andrews is near and dear to my heart. After all……we’re pretty much related.
So – I’m really kinda pissed that NBC would go to all of that commercialism trouble to do a stage play of the Sound of Music. First of all……a full fledged finished movie beats the hell out of a stage play. Pardon me for insulting all of you thespians (BTW – there’s counseling available for that condition)……but I really don’t want to watch a stage play on my gigantic TV. A stage play is meant for the stage……not a 55 inch HDTV screen! I’m pretty sure that my HDMI cable revolted when it sensed a stage play was on TV.
And, you know me – I LOVE Carrie Underwood. After all…..I’m going to great lengths to obtain her beautiful smile. Carrie can sing, but her acting talents are sorely lacking. Her flat affect through much of the “play” totally distracted from the heartfelt beauty that Julie Andrews brought to that role. I have to say, though, that Mother Superior (Audra McDonald) was pretty damn good. She’s won a bunch of Tony’s in the past and she nailed not only the singing but the emotion and acting that was necessary for that part.
But – every single one of the Von Trapp family kids were not cute or likable in any aspect. The over (or under) acting was a real turn-off. And what was up with Rolf? Why wasn’t he dressed in the attire worn in the movie? Would that be so hard to do? Did he really need to be portrayed in jorts? Did they even have jorts back then? He is an important messenger for the German Nazi regime for God’s sake! No dictator dresses their personnel in jorts! However, Michael Campayno who played Rolf is from Pittsburgh, so he is OK is my book even though his attire is not!
Christian Borle was awesome as Max Detweiler…….he knows how to do a musical! You might know him as Tom, Debra Messing’s writing partner in Smash. Christian is also from Pittsburgh. Geez……there were a lot of Pittsburghers in this Sound of Music production. My husband just said – Pittsburgh is “Hollywood East.” He then made a punny and said that it would really be “Hilly-wood East.” This is why I drink.
The fact of the matter is this:
1) Anyone younger than 18 has never seen the original Sound of Music
2) Anyone younger than the age of 18 has absolutely no idea who Julie Andrews is
3) NBC thought that it could make a ton of money by “updating” this classic with a well-known artist (Carrie Underwood) cast in the lead role
4) Walmart was chomping at the bit to fund this clunker.
Which leads me to my next rant…………I hate Walmart! I am never buying another thing there. Everything sold at Walmart is from China. Even if it means spending a couple of extra dollars, I am buying American and I am buying local. And I’m gonna go out on a limb here…..but – even if I don’t have a coupon, I’m still buying American and local. Even Kevin is supportive of this mission and he is the ultimate coupon king!
Wow……..I don’t even know how to conclude this post. It appears that I’m pretty bitter about the Sound of Music stage play on NBC and the capitalistic obsession of Walmart. Geez…..I’m a mess! But I don’t think I’m alone. Who’s with me here? Give me some feedback on your thoughts about NBC’s Sound of Music and China-loving Walmart. But – don’t you dare say anything bad about my namesake, Julie Andrews!