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(Deadline)   NBC feels that since The Sound of Music did so well, they're going to make a live musical show an annual franchise. So to all of you who watched the trainwreck, hope you're happy   (deadline.com) divider line 129
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2013-12-10 07:48:57 AM
As long as they get a better cast next time, I'm ok with this. My issue with their live Sound of Music was that I didn't like Carrie Underwood's acting and didn't feel she was the right person for the role. Carrie can sing, but she can't act. If they cast someone else, I'm perfectly fine with it. I wouldn't mind a live-action Singing in the Rain if it was cast well.
 
jbc [TotalFark]
2013-12-10 08:08:46 AM
"Sharknado: The Musical"
 
2013-12-10 08:11:00 AM
I never even saw the original so I'm completely blameless.

/fark musicals
//except The Blues Brothers
 
2013-12-10 08:13:15 AM

Mugato: fark musicals


Duck Soup was a great musical, you bite your tounge!
 
2013-12-10 08:15:14 AM
Please do Book of Mormon next. Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease
 
2013-12-10 08:21:27 AM

Mugato: I never even saw the original so I'm completely blameless.

/fark musicals
//except The Blues Brothers


You have to leave room in there for Willy Wonka and Mary Poppins
 
2013-12-10 08:42:13 AM
According to commentary on IMDB, the orchestra was pre-recorded (don't know if true). I thought the singing of some of the non-professional singers was out of sync. It was noticeable in some places. Let there be a live, orchestra, too, and I'd watch again.

And get some real actors who can sing, instead of Carrie Underwood.
 
2013-12-10 08:47:06 AM
Because nothing says Christmas like singing and Nazis!
 
2013-12-10 08:54:58 AM
And we hope you enjoy Zach Braff and [PLACE NAME OF RECENT "THE VOICE" WINNER HERE] in "Cabaret."
 
2013-12-10 09:02:43 AM

greentea1985:  I wouldn't mind a live-action Singing in the Rain if it was cast well.


Joseph Gordon-Levitt!
 
2013-12-10 09:03:42 AM
I am happy, I admire their ambition regardless of the outcome.
 
2013-12-10 09:04:22 AM
I'd be down for a "Gwar Holiday Spectacular"
 
2013-12-10 09:04:29 AM
Coming 2014 - Jessica Simpson returns to the screen in the live adaptation of Lars Von Trier's Dancer in the Dark.
 
2013-12-10 09:07:05 AM

greentea1985: As long as they get a better cast next time, I'm ok with this. My issue with their live Sound of Music was that I didn't like Carrie Underwood's acting and didn't feel she was the right person for the role. Carrie can sing, but she can't act. If they cast someone else, I'm perfectly fine with it. I wouldn't mind a live-action Singing in the Rain if it was cast well.


My wife loves theater and 'The Sound of Music' in particular and spent the whole thing chatting how bad it was with her friends.  They all agreed that the Mother Superior (who apparently has like 5 tonys) and the Baroness were awesome, but everyone else she reallllly hated.

It was really funny to me just how much she hated the children.  Like HATED.  At one point she yelled "fark you gretel" at the TV.
 
2013-12-10 09:11:57 AM
hinges on finding a title that can be rated G

That leaves out the recent Tony Best Musical winners.

and has loads of very familiar tunes

That could mean the Disney ones.

NBC

That leaves out the Disney ones.

securing the services of another music star with a large fan base

Dammit.  We're getting someone from The Voice.
 
2013-12-10 09:15:56 AM
So, John Tesh?
 
2013-12-10 09:18:07 AM

fruitloop: hinges on finding a title that can be rated G

That leaves out the recent Tony Best Musical winners.

and has loads of very familiar tunes

That could mean the Disney ones.

NBC

That leaves out the Disney ones.

securing the services of another music star with a large fan base

Dammit.  We're getting someone from The Voice.


Or the Sing Off.
 
2013-12-10 09:18:15 AM
It's going to be Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber in "Bye Bye Birdie," isn't it?
 
2013-12-10 09:19:11 AM

jbc: "Sharknado: The Musical"


Done in two.
 
2013-12-10 09:19:41 AM

LlamaGirl: Please do Book of Mormon next. Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease


This. Absolutely this.
 
2013-12-10 09:23:31 AM
Christina Aguilera and Daughtry in The King And I.
 
2013-12-10 09:25:14 AM
Wolverine, The Musical
 
2013-12-10 09:27:39 AM
Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark live!

Only musical with a built in injury/gambling pool so you get the straight guy demographic too.
 
2013-12-10 09:33:13 AM
1. The main problem is that they did/are-doing the live stage show WITHOUT AN AUDIENCE. These shows, especially those with a great deal of humor like SoM, feed off of audience participation. It gives the story a flow to hear applause for songs once completed.

2. While Underwood wasn;t god awful, she certainly was wooden and didn't really settle into the character till AFTER Maria comes back from the abbey. Funny, she felt more confident playing the character when the character starts displaying CONFIDENCE and willingness to take control of her life (which I would bet that Underwood related alot more too then the Maria that starts the show). So yes, please hire someone with a tad more acting chops fot the main character.

The thing is, you can;t tell me Underwood wouldn;t have relaxed and gotten into it alot more with an audience to work off of. She very much so is an audience participation kind of preformer and that would have helped her immensely.

3. Speaking of acting chops, Mr Von Trapp and every kid but Leisel and Grettle were pedestrian and replaceable. Very, very mediocre.

4. All complaints aside, I am happy they will continute to do it. I love me a good stage show. I just hope they add an audience of some kind for the actors to feed off of. The music was solid enough (then again, the music has stayed popular for almost 50 years so it would take alot to screw THAT part up.
 
2013-12-10 09:34:15 AM
They could do Into the Woods. I would love to hear the comments from people who let their kids keep watching after the first half.

Actually, it is a good life lesson. Actions have consequences. Maybe kids should watch it.
 
2013-12-10 09:39:06 AM
'This Thanksgiving on NBC, Clay Aiken is Annie.'
 
2013-12-10 09:39:13 AM

Chelle82: It's going to be Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber in "Bye Bye Birdie," isn't it?


With Taylor as Conrad? I'd watch that.
 
2013-12-10 09:39:14 AM

GameSprocket: They could do Into the Woods. I would love to hear the comments from people who let their kids keep watching after the first half.


There's a movie version coming out next year so probably not that one, much as I'd like to see it.
 
2013-12-10 09:42:51 AM

JosephFinn: GameSprocket: They could do Into the Woods. I would love to hear the comments from people who let their kids keep watching after the first half.

There's a movie version coming out next year so probably not that one, much as I'd like to see it.


Really? You would think that would make me happy, but the odds of the movie really screwing up the musical is pretty damn high.
 
2013-12-10 09:45:07 AM
It played in Peoria.
 
2013-12-10 09:45:47 AM
Scroooged!
 
2013-12-10 09:45:59 AM

OdradekRex: LlamaGirl: Please do Book of Mormon next. Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease

This. Absolutely this.


I think that would have to be on HBO.
 
2013-12-10 09:50:34 AM
Sounds like it was so bad, I'm sorry I missed it now.
 
2013-12-10 09:54:18 AM
Which ABC will counter with a yearly Star Wars Christmas Special LIVE! which evolves into a postmodern deconstruction of the televised entertainment genre.
 
2013-12-10 09:55:51 AM

wxboy: OdradekRex: LlamaGirl: Please do Book of Mormon next. Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease

This. Absolutely this.

I think that would have to be on HBO.


"IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII have maggots in my scroooooooooooo-tum!"
Would sound nice on NBC.
 
2013-12-10 09:56:27 AM

GameSprocket: JosephFinn: GameSprocket: They could do Into the Woods. I would love to hear the comments from people who let their kids keep watching after the first half.

There's a movie version coming out next year so probably not that one, much as I'd like to see it.

Really? You would think that would make me happy, but the odds of the movie really screwing up the musical is pretty damn high.


NEGATIVES: Johhny Depp is the Wolf and Anna Kendrick is Cinderella

POSITIVES: Kid who played Gavroshe in Les Mis plays Jack and his mom is played by Tracy Ulman.

WELL SEE: Meryl Streep plays the witch (can she sing?). Chris Pine plays "Cinderellas Prince" (can HE sing?). Rapunzel, Red Riding Hood, the Baker and his wife are all people I have not seen enough of anywhere.

So tl;dr -- This seems like it will be very hit or miss.
 
2013-12-10 09:57:44 AM

Chelle82: It's going to be Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber in "Bye Bye Birdie," isn't it?


Grease
 
2013-12-10 09:58:11 AM
So speaking of holiday specials, did anyone else catch the Muppets and Lady Gaga thing? It was surprisingly entertaining, especially the duet with Gaga and Elton John.
 
2013-12-10 10:00:38 AM
I don't get the hate. It was fine.  Everybody's a critic.
 
2013-12-10 10:03:28 AM

Waldo Pepper: Chelle82: It's going to be Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber in "Bye Bye Birdie," isn't it?

Grease


...

SHUTUP.

SHUTUP RIGHT NOW.

SOMEONE COULD HEAR YOU AT NBC!!!
 
2013-12-10 10:04:13 AM

Jim from Saint Paul: GameSprocket: JosephFinn: GameSprocket: They could do Into the Woods. I would love to hear the comments from people who let their kids keep watching after the first half.

There's a movie version coming out next year so probably not that one, much as I'd like to see it.

Really? You would think that would make me happy, but the odds of the movie really screwing up the musical is pretty damn high.

NEGATIVES: Johhny Depp is the Wolf and Anna Kendrick is Cinderella

POSITIVES: Kid who played Gavroshe in Les Mis plays Jack and his mom is played by Tracy Ulman.

WELL SEE: Meryl Streep plays the witch (can she sing?). Chris Pine plays "Cinderellas Prince" (can HE sing?). Rapunzel, Red Riding Hood, the Baker and his wife are all people I have not seen enough of anywhere.

So tl;dr -- This seems like it will be very hit or miss.


Everything really rides on the baker and his wife.
 
2013-12-10 10:05:05 AM

GameSprocket: Everything really rides on the baker and his wife.


and pretty much everyone gets to ride on the baker's wife.

/Thought of that after I posted.
 
2013-12-10 10:06:40 AM

Jim from Saint Paul: Waldo Pepper: Chelle82: It's going to be Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber in "Bye Bye Birdie," isn't it?

Grease

...

SHUTUP.

SHUTUP RIGHT NOW.

SOMEONE COULD HEAR YOU AT NBC!!!


sorry i was just imagining Taylor Swift in Sandi's black leather outfit, oh wait I gotcha now it would Justin playing Sandi.

Ewwww
 
2013-12-10 10:07:34 AM

greentea1985: As long as they get a better cast next time, I'm ok with this. My issue with their live Sound of Music was that I didn't like Carrie Underwood's acting and didn't feel she was the right person for the role. Carrie can sing, but she can't act. If they cast someone else, I'm perfectly fine with it. I wouldn't mind a live-action Singing in the Rain if it was cast well.


Trouble is, no one will watch if it's just a bunch of Broadway types that most people have never heard of. I would guess that most of the audience had already seen SOM before.  What people tuned in to see was Carrie Underwood playing Maria.  Remove the star and there goes the audience.

SOM used the same shtick as Dancing with The Stars.  No one tunes in to watch professional dancers do stunning moves.  They watch to see Kirstie Alley or Bill Nye The Science Guy cutting a rug.
 
2013-12-10 10:18:12 AM

Persnickety: greentea1985: As long as they get a better cast next time, I'm ok with this. My issue with their live Sound of Music was that I didn't like Carrie Underwood's acting and didn't feel she was the right person for the role. Carrie can sing, but she can't act. If they cast someone else, I'm perfectly fine with it. I wouldn't mind a live-action Singing in the Rain if it was cast well.

Trouble is, no one will watch if it's just a bunch of Broadway types that most people have never heard of. I would guess that most of the audience had already seen SOM before.  What people tuned in to see was Carrie Underwood playing Maria.  Remove the star and there goes the audience.

SOM used the same shtick as Dancing with The Stars.  No one tunes in to watch professional dancers do stunning moves.  They watch to see Kirstie Alley or Bill Nye The Science Guy cutting a rug.


I disagree with your comparison. People tune into dancing with the stars to see "stars" either make fools of themselves or turn out to be good dancers.  I would say most fans of Miss Underwood tuned in to see her do well and most thought she did and those of us who tuned in hoping to see a good teleplay were disappointed. 

These shows should be done either one of two ways. One get the original broadway cast and you will get a market of people who love the shows and will watch it again and those who love the shows but can't afford to go. Second way get a star, stars and make sure if playing the main role they have the talent to pull it off and if you want a "the voice" star in it put them in a minor role where they have a song that shows off their voice. 

I hope NBC continues these type of shows and the next few should be the very popular shows.
 
2013-12-10 10:20:12 AM
Avenue Q or Sweeney Todd
 
2013-12-10 10:20:59 AM

gnosis301: wxboy: OdradekRex: LlamaGirl: Please do Book of Mormon next. Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease

This. Absolutely this.

I think that would have to be on HBO.

"IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII have maggots in my scroooooooooooo-tum!"
Would sound nice on NBC.


I would much prefer Matt Lauer and Al Roker debate the "controversial maggot scrotum" character on the Today show the next day.
 
2013-12-10 10:22:47 AM

Jim from Saint Paul: 1. The main problem is that they did/are-doing the live stage show WITHOUT AN AUDIENCE. These shows, especially those with a great deal of humor like SoM, feed off of audience participation. It gives the story a flow to hear applause for songs once completed.

2. While Underwood wasn;t god awful, she certainly was wooden and didn't really settle into the character till AFTER Maria comes back from the abbey. Funny, she felt more confident playing the character when the character starts displaying CONFIDENCE and willingness to take control of her life (which I would bet that Underwood related alot more too then the Maria that starts the show). So yes, please hire someone with a tad more acting chops fot the main character.

The thing is, you can;t tell me Underwood wouldn;t have relaxed and gotten into it alot more with an audience to work off of. She very much so is an audience participation kind of preformer and that would have helped her immensely.

3. Speaking of acting chops, Mr Von Trapp and every kid but Leisel and Grettle were pedestrian and replaceable. Very, very mediocre.

4. All complaints aside, I am happy they will continute to do it. I love me a good stage show. I just hope they add an audience of some kind for the actors to feed off of. The music was solid enough (then again, the music has stayed popular for almost 50 years so it would take alot to screw THAT part up.


Give the semicolon a rest.
 
2013-12-10 10:30:06 AM

toetag: Scroooged!


Christ, how many Solid Gold Dancers are still alive?
 
2013-12-10 10:33:10 AM

SVenus: jbc: "Sharknado: The Musical"

Done in two.


Thread's still going.
 
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