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Taking a classic Broadway show and movie and recreating the story in front of a live television audience cannot be an easy task. Doing same in a world of social media and skeptics ready to pounce … well, that is probably as easy as climbing a mountain and attempting to escape the Nazis. As a whole, this particular The Sound of Music guru thought the production was impressive, the sets were spectacular, and the hard work of everybody involved was certainly evident.
Let’s start at the very beginning … The moment Audra McDonald opened her mouth when the production began, there was no question that the part of Mother Abbess could not have been better cast. This fact held true throughout the entire production, but we will get back to Mother Abbess later, because her rendition of “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” deserves a separate discussion.
As an avid The Sound of Music fan (okay, geek … I know every line and I’m not ashamed of it!), it has crossed my mind on several occasions whether Julie Andrews has an opinion on the upcoming live performance of the classic, award-winning film, starring country music megastar, Carrie Underwood. Well, the original cinematic Fraulein Maria has spoken!
“I think she’s great,” affirmed Andrews who was nominated for an Oscar and a Bafta for her performance as the iconic governess. “It’s going to be the original show, I believe, and I think after 40 or 50 years it’s probably time somebody else had a crack at it.”
Meanwhile, Carrie has been spending time auditioning children for the production. Carrie predicts the children will be one of the best parts of the production. “I think once we get in there and I start working with the kiddos, I’ll probably get favorite moments in the show once we start working on it.”
As far as having the opportunity to perform the classic songs from the original production, Carrie explained, “Right now, I’m happy with them all, and I’m happy I get to sing them.”
The three-hour live television production will air December 5th on NBC.
Straight off the road with Rascal Flatts comes former Broadway Baby and current country music artist, Laura Bell Bundy, who is taking her electric stage presence to Wisconsin for Country Fest 2013! Laura will be hitting the stage with DJ Soulman in the Electric Country Leinie Lodge Friday, June 28th, and Saturday, June 29th.
Check out Laura’s big announcement regarding Country Fest below, but not before we share more exciting news with you! For those of you who are unable to catch what are sure to be killer performances, we are absolutely thrilled to share with you that Laura has released a brand new song to iTunes, entitled “Two Step”, which also features up-and-comer, Colt Ford. “Two Step” is a part of the Dance Y’all Volume 1 EP, which also includes Florida Georgia Line, Greg Bates, and Thomas Rhett. You can purchase a digital copy of “Two Step” by clicking here.
Make sure to visit us on social media and let us know what you think of Laura’s latest track!
Broadway’s hit musical, Rock of Ages, is slated to hit theaters nationwide in June 2012, and country sweetheart, Julianne Hough, stars as the female lead. Hough will play opposite Diego Gonzalez Boneta, who is best known for his role on “Pretty Little Liars.” The all-star cast also includes Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Paul Giamatti, Russell Brand, Mary J. Blige, ”Watchmen” actress Malin Akerman, and “Breaking Bad” actor Bryan Cranston.
Rock of Ages is one of my very favorite Broadway shows, and I cannot wait for the movie especially with Hough in the starring role!
Check out the trailer:
It goes without saying that Tim McGraw is a country music superstar. He has also proven himself on the big screen. Now, the multi-platinum selling singer and critically acclaimed actor would like to take on Broadway.
At the a special screening in New York City for his new film, Dirty Girl, McGraw told Hollywoodlife.com:
“I love New York. I would love to be in New York and do broadway.”
He went on to say that if and when he did end up on Broadway, he thinks he would prefer a dramatic role over a musical one.
Whatever role McGraw takes on in the future, however, we are sure it will be a success.
Dirty Girl hit theaters Friday, October 7. The film also stars Juno Temple, Millia Jovovich, Williams H. Macy, Mary Steenburgen, and Dwight Yoakam.