When NBC announced it was planning on remaking the seminal musical for the small screen, I nearly had a heart attack. One on hand, I was excited to see what the Smash producers would have in store for us. On the other hand, The Sound of Music is truly one of my favorite things and tinkering around with a classic is difficult endeavor. I have faith though that Craig Zadan and Neil Meron won’t let me down. After all, they did work on the film versions of Hairspray and Chicago.
“It isn’t our intention to produce a remake of the movie version of ‘The Sound of Music’ – that would be artistic blasphemy,” Craig Zadan says in a statement. “What we want to do, instead, is to give audiences a completely fresh experience of this great Tony Award-winning stage musical in the form of a classic television event, combined with the spontaneity of a live performance. And all of the actors will be singing live; there will be no lip-synching to pre-recordings.”
As with any great musical, casting is key. If you don’t have the right person playing the lead parts, you’re up sh*t creek without a paddle. Maria Von Trapp is definitely one of the most iconic roles in musical history. Trying to follow in the footsteps of Julie Andrews is a tall order. Let’s face it. Anyone who’s cast in NBC’s remake is going to have a few naysayers. Personally, I love their choice. Find out who it is below.
Adele released her sophomore album, 21, in the United States on February 22, 2011. It debuted at No. 1 with 352,000 copies during its first week. Since then, it’s made a permanent home in the Top 10 of the Billboard Top 200. This week it lands at No. 8 on the album chart. Check it out below.
As it stands right now, the LP has racked up 78 weeks in the Top 10, putting it in a tie with Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Def Leppard’s Hysteria as the albums spending the most weeks in the Top 10. The trio are tied at No. 3 with the longest runs in the top tier of the Billboard Top 200. Who would’ve ever thought Adele would be in the same sentence as Def Leppard and Jackson. Talk about random threesome. The album is selling well and will most likely break out of the three-way tie next week.
“The Sound of Music” is truly one of my favorite things. Hopefully, NBC doesn’t eff it up with it’s attempt to bring the seminal musical to a brand new audience. The peacock network is going old school and planning to air a live broadcast of the beloved film. Back in the 1950s, broadcasting musicals live was the norm, and NBC is hoping to revive that tradition. They’ve enlisted Smash producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron to helm the project. Along with “Smash“, the duo have also done film versions of “Chicago” and “Hairspray”.
“It isn’t our intention to produce a remake of the movie version of ‘The Sound of Music’ – that would be artistic blasphemy,” Zadan says in a statement. “What we want to do, instead, is to give audiences a completely fresh experience of this great Tony Award-winning stage musical in the form of a classic television event, combined with the spontaneity of a live performance. And all of the actors will be singing live; there will be no lip-synching to pre-recordings.”
Oh no she didn’t! Amazing! Oprah Winfrey is reuniting the cast of “The Sound of Music” on her show on Friday, Oct. 29. This is epic! The reunion will include: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Charmian Carr (Liesl), Nicolas Hammond (Friedrich), Heather Menzies-Urich (Louisa), Duane Chase (Kurt), Angela Cartwright (Brigitta), Debbie Turner (Marta) and Kym Karath (Gretl). Eleanor Parker (The Baroness) and Daniel Truhitte (Rolfe) apparently didn’t get an invite. This movie was a big part of my childhood. I must have seen it dozens of times on television growing up and we also used to watch it every year around Christmas time at the private school I went to.
They will reminisce about old time and discuss each other experiences on the show and what they’ve been doing since. What else? The real-life Von Trapp kids will be playing a special tribute to the cast of the legendary movie.