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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 03:57:13 PM
They were going to inflict all this and shove it down our throats no matter if we watched that p.o.s. or not.
 
2013-12-10 04:04:03 PM

TV's Vinnie: They were going to inflict all this and shove it down our throats no matter if we watched that p.o.s. or not.


MOAR REALITY TV. MOAR PEOPLE YELLING AT EACH OTHER OVER FAKE MELODRAMA IN THEIR LIFE.

MOARMOARMOAR. HOW DARE YOU TRY SOMETHING DIFFERENT YOU NATIONALBASTARDS COALATION?!
 
2013-12-10 04:19:50 PM

Jim from Saint Paul: TV's Vinnie: They were going to inflict all this and shove it down our throats no matter if we watched that p.o.s. or not.

MOAR REALITY TV. MOAR PEOPLE YELLING AT EACH OTHER OVER FAKE MELODRAMA IN THEIR LIFE.

MOARMOARMOAR. HOW DARE YOU TRY SOMETHING DIFFERENT YOU NATIONALBASTARDS COALATION?!


This wasn't different. It was just peanut-sh*t compared to Honey Boo Boo runny sh*t.
 
2013-12-10 04:25:03 PM

TV's Vinnie: This wasn't different. It was just peanut-sh*t compared to Honey Boo Boo runny sh*t.


...

*sigh*

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Ok buddy.

Ok.
 
2013-12-10 04:33:00 PM

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.


Have to agree. She recited her lines dutifully enough, but that, looking pretty, and singing, were all she did. Actual acting seemed to be beyond her. Male lead was also weak in the acting. Max and Elsa should not have had such an easy time stealing the show, although Max is a scene-stealing role.
 
2013-12-10 04:54:05 PM

TV's Vinnie: They were going to inflict all this and shove it down our throats no matter if we watched that p.o.s. or not.


No, we are not going to stop liking what you don't like.

Deal with it.
 
2013-12-10 05:03:47 PM
I'm rooting for GREASE, with the original lyrics to Greased Lightning.

You know that ain't no shiat,
we'll be gettin' lots of tit
Greased Lightning.


Honestly, I just want to hear someone say "pussy wagon" on broadcast television.
 
2013-12-10 05:09:01 PM

Irving Maimway: Because nothing says Christmas like singing and Nazis!


Springtime... For Hitler... And Germany!
 
2013-12-10 05:15:32 PM

gunga galunga: TV's Vinnie: They were going to inflict all this and shove it down our throats no matter if we watched that p.o.s. or not.

No, we are not going to stop liking what you don't like.

Deal with it.


If you liked that turd, then you are part of the reason why we continue to get dogsh*t like that.
 
2013-12-10 05:21:08 PM
So basicly its going to be a yearly vehicle for near talentless winners of a singing show? ( You know NBC wanted someone from the Voice so far they have yet to have a winner or runner up that is a household name )

it could have been better..A LOT better. The problem was that it was slightly dull and Underwood has the acting chops of a ham sandwich. Plus she was not suited to sing the songs.

 If they had any sense they should have casted Kristen Chenoweth. She can act and sing. And is incredibly beautiful. Perhaps next year but I doubt it. It will be another pretty mediocre singer who cant act from a staged singing contest.

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2013-12-10 05:25:05 PM

Silly_Sot: 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.

Have to agree. She recited her lines dutifully enough, but that, looking pretty, and singing, were all she did. Actual acting seemed to be beyond her. Male lead was also weak in the acting. Max and Elsa should not have had such an easy time stealing the show, although Max is a scene-stealing role.


Agree.  From most of the comments on the show. I think everyone would have been happier had he chosen Elsa. I thought Max should have been a little older at least as old as the Captain
 
2013-12-10 05:26:58 PM

TV's Vinnie: gunga galunga: TV's Vinnie: They were going to inflict all this and shove it down our throats no matter if we watched that p.o.s. or not.

No, we are not going to stop liking what you don't like.

Deal with it.

If you liked that turd, then you are part of the reason why we continue to get dogsh*t like that.


You're welcome.
 
2013-12-10 06:04:11 PM

Paleorific: I do not see many comments on FARK about any of the shows from the "Great Performances" series.


Came for this.  I don't need network TV to do a proper live musical when I can watch a Broadway cast do one on PBS.  They've had Raul Esparza starring in a concert version of Stephen Sondheim's "Company" as well as Meg Tilly and Cynthia Nixon starring in "The Women" with costumes by Isaac Mizrahi.

A network-produced live musical annually will soon become this century's "Battle of the Network Stars."
 
2013-12-10 06:21:08 PM
Why not "The Three Penny Opera"?  It doesn't even have to be in the original German (although that would be nice).

shabu: Porgy n Bess
Guys n Dolls
Carousel
Rent
Oklahoma
A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum
South Pacific
Amahl & The Night Visitors
White Christmas (very much on the bubble, but hard to argue with it thematically)


Even though the live "Sound of Music" was a success, NBC's still going to play it safe with future productions.  Basically, it has to something family-friendly and upbeat.  That rules out nearly every musical you suggested.

"Porgy n Bess": Even though it's Gershwin, it's an opera and that's an automatic strike against it.  Also, because of race, the material has to be treated very sensitively.  Finally, it's too downbeat.

"Guys n Dolls": Small-time criminals in 1940s New York.  Although only mildly risque`, it might be too much to be considered family-friendly.

"Carousel": Let's see, there's poverty, worker exploitation, class warfare, domestic abuse, crime, and an anti-heroic protagonist who keeps screwing up his chances at redemption.  That sounds like cheery holiday family fun to me!

"Rent": You obviously suggested this one as joke.  Plus, recent flop movie dampened interest.

"Oklahoma": No child characters to draw in the kids.  A character who's a potentially offensive foreign stereotype.  Also, there's Jud who's a creepy stalker and would-be rapist.

"A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum": Too bawdy.

"South Pacific": ABC did this just a few years ago with Harry Connick Jr.  Too soon.

"Amahl & The Night Visitors": Opera.  Next.

"White Christmas":  Maybe, but not enough people are familiar with the play.  That was one thing TSOM had in its favor.

Anyway, a poster at another message board said that NBC's most likely choice for its next live musical is "The King and I".  Like TSOM, it's R&H, has kids in it, a familiar score and story, and isn't too edgy.  They'll probably even bring back Carrie Underwood.  (Not that I care since I don't like musicals.)
 
2013-12-10 06:33:51 PM
Is this a case of life imitates Fark or Fark imitates life?  We totally had this conversation in the original "live" thread.

I'm not really a big fan of musicals, and I've never been particularly enamoured with "The Sound of Music".  I only watched it because I saw the thread on Fark.  That being said, I enjoyed it for what it was, and I think it was a cool thing to do, you just don't see this kind of thing on network tv anymore, except maybe PBS.  I'd much rather watch this kind of content than most network TV shows and certainly more so than any reality tv crap.
 
2013-12-10 07:06:10 PM

Galileo's Daughter: Paleorific: I do not see many comments on FARK about any of the shows from the "Great Performances" series.

Came for this.  I don't need network TV to do a proper live musical when I can watch a Broadway cast do one on PBS.  They've had Raul Esparza starring in a concert version of Stephen Sondheim's "Company" as well as Meg Tilly and Cynthia Nixon starring in "The Women" with costumes by Isaac Mizrahi.

A network-produced live musical annually will soon become this century's "Battle of the Network Stars."


Network tv was doing these shows long before PBS stole the idea.  The advantage of network tv is they might tweak a person or even a child's interest in something other than the low bar entertainment.  This type of programing should/must be encouraged.

Maybe if network tv came bring back better programming and even better higher journalistic integrity in news programming and with the hd broadcast it would be nice if the lower income and lower middle class could save some budget money and not feel they need the high cost of cable.
 
2013-12-10 07:13:33 PM

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.


I don't see how Kendrick is a negative.  She can sing, has a Tony award and an Oscar nomination and seems about right for Cinderella.

The Baker is played by James Corden, who's very good (he won a Tony a couple years back for lead actor in a comedy and enjoy his Tony performance here) and Emily Blunt playing the wife gives me a good feeling right there.

Depp....god, which Depp are we getting?
 
2013-12-10 08:17:30 PM
The Producers, while we still have Mel Brooks to do his cameo.
 
2013-12-10 08:45:13 PM

LlamaGirl: Please do Book of Mormon next. Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease


Yes, please.
 
2013-12-10 09:05:37 PM
"The King & I"

Yes, I'm serious.
 
2013-12-10 09:14:07 PM

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

Yes, please.


Yeah right. That would go over like a pregnant pole vaulter.
 
2013-12-10 10:35:06 PM

Huck And Molly Ziegler: "The King & I"

Yes, I'm serious.


With Hugh Jackman as Elvis!

Whaddya mean, "wrong King"?
 
2013-12-10 10:42:52 PM
Man of La Mancha.
 
2013-12-10 10:44:13 PM

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.


Look up the recent staging of Phantom of the Opera on Netflix or YouTube. The woman who played Christine would have been perfect.
 
2013-12-10 11:09:06 PM

ralphjr: Clueless NBC Exec: Muppets? In a Broadway musical? I don't need to see any more. That's an instant family classic! Green light it immediately and schedule "Avenue Q" for Christmas 2014!


Not to mention Ave. Q does have Christmas Eve as a character.
 
2013-12-10 11:14:43 PM
http://www.deadline.com/2013/12/nbc-to-rebroadcast-the-sound-of-music - saturday-as-great-ratings-continue-to-pour-in/

For those of you who missed it the first time or just need to be awashed in the glory that is Miss Underwood
 
2013-12-11 09:15:59 AM

ItchyMcDoogle: If they had any sense they should have casted Kristen Chenoweth


She is awesome. She can sing, act, the whole bit.

Her voice talents do NOT lend well to the Sound of Music though.

DO NOT WANT AS MARIA.

/I'd take her as the baroness though
 
2013-12-11 11:23:58 AM

ItchyMcDoogle: And is incredibly beautiful


Kristen Chenoweth is a great singer and I enjoy her acting well enough, but there's something very weird about her appearance.  She's got a lot of good features but her face is MAD hollow.
 
2013-12-11 03:24:21 PM
Will Rogers Follies! I also fully endorse Kiss Me Kate. I had forgotten about that one, but now I recall it's the only movie where Ann Miller seemed hawt (to me) and James Whitmore Sings!

I would like to discourage most Musicals that were pulled from movies that were already a decade old (White Christmas as a possible exception, and I'm still very on the fence about it). I love great musicals, but this venue really cries out for entertainment to be enjoyed over popcorn with the kids. If any holiday is suitable for treacle, it must be Christmas. I still think that casting fish out of water celebrities could be fun. It's free entertainment, it is Xmas, and it is the season for goodwill, at least according to some.

 I'm not even looking forward to the holiday this year, but the old specials on TV and some of the old songs help cut the sharp edges off of the reasons I'm  not excited about the season.
 
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