Knowing that this was going to be the stage version adapted for television, I wasn't worried about story and songs being different or anything like that. Being a Broadway fan, just being able to see something like this is exciting and fun!
Carrie Underwood as Maria von Trapp
Stephen Moyer as Captain von Trapp
Audra McDonald as Mother Abbess
Laura Benanti as Elsa Schrader
Christian Borle as Max Detweiler
Michael Campayno as Rolf Gruber
Sophie Anne Caruso as Brigitta
Peyton Ella as Gretl
Michael Nigro as Friedrich
Ariane Rinehart as Liesl
Grace Rundhaug as Marta
Ella Watts-Gorman as Louisa
Joe West as Kurt
I'll start off by getting my least favorite part out of the way: Carrie Underwood. To put it simply, I though she was painful to watch. Her acting wasn't very good at all; you never felt any emotion from her, neither in her voice or facial expressions. She always seemed happy, and especially so in the beginning scene at the abbey. I wasn't particularly fond of her singing either. She wasn't terrible, but she wasn't what I expected for a musical. Her style just doesn't fit musical scores, in my opinion.
As far as Captain von Trapp goes, I don't have a strong opinion one way or another. I felt like there was somethings slightly missing, but I can't put my finger on it. Steven really looked the part, though.
The scene with all the children getting ready for the party was one of the best of them. And the part with Maria and them singing The Lonely Goatherd during the thunderstorm was great too!
All in all it was a decent production, but not one I'm likely want to re-watch often--at least not anytime soon. It had it's highlights, but for me Carrie made it hard to watch. Considering it was live, and that something like this hasn't been done in a long time, they did a great job. Seeing something big like this on NBC is really neat and I wouldn't mind if they decided to do something like this again. I just hope they'd cast their lead a bit better.
If you watched last night, I'd love to know -- what did you think?