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The Sound of Music Live! (2013)

A live telecast of the famous Rodgers and Hammerstein musical.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rolf Gruber
Brigitta (as Sophia Caruso)
Peyton Ella ...
Marta von Trapp
Ella Watts-Gorman ...
Louisa (as Ella Watts)
Joe West ...
Jessica Molaskey ...
Christiane Noll ...


A live telecast of the famous Rodgers and Hammerstein musical.

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The beloved family classic comes alive again.


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5 December 2013 (USA)  »

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The Sound of Music  »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The city of Salzburg (the setting of the play and the hometown of the von Trapps) is never once mentioned. See more »


Members of the Kriegsmarine(Navy of Nazi Germany) did not wear Swastika armbands. Only members of the Nazi party and Hitler Youth wore armbands. Members of the regular military were prohibited from joining any party. See more »


Liesl von Trapp: I'm Liesl. I'm 16 years old and I don't need a governess.
Maria Rainer: I'm glad you told me. We'll just be friends.
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Better Than Expected!
6 December 2013 | by See all my reviews

I have to be honest here, I originally had no intention of watching this special, but when I found out it would be performed live, as they used to do in decades past, it piqued my curiosity. I also happened to turn on the TV just about the time it started, so decided to check it out.

In no way was I expecting it to compare to the 1965 film. This was obviously supposed to be more akin to the stage production. Having said that, I was far more impressed than I anticipated. The music was fantastic and I loved the live acting quality to it. I only have a couple criticisms.

I understand that Carrie Underwood was probably selected because they wanted to get a name to draw in viewers. Her singing was actually quite good, but her acting was sub-par, especially to the rest of the cast. I understand she is not an actress, so I give her kudos for putting herself on the line.

As for the rest of the cast, I was happy that they decided to use mostly unknown actors, who appeared to be trained for stage productions. It definitely added to the credibility of the show. I thought the kids were all great, except Gretel, who was definitely a star in the film version. This one did not seem especially gifted in acting or singing and even lacked charisma. I wondered if she might be the daughter of a producer or something. That was a shame because its another stand out role that suffered.

I was pretty pleased with everything else. The sets were gorgeous! The transitions were seamless. The music overall was very fun and enjoyable, hearing those great Rogers & Hammerstein songs never gets old! Was also nice that they included some songs that were not in the film version. I definitely don't feel I wasted my evening when there is so much other rubbish on TV. I hope people were open-minded and supportive, so perhaps we'll see another live musical special next year!

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