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johartuk

Member Since 21 Oct 2009
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In Topic: Carrie Underwood Sound Of Music, C5 Easter Sunday

Yesterday, 08:35 PM

I watched this today and had mixed feelings about it.

Audra McDonald (Mother Superior) was excellent, absolutely loved her!  She had authority and gravitas and her voice and acting were strong.

Carrie Underwood (Maria) isn't an actress and you can tell.  There was just no spark from her and her delivery of the spoken lines was flat.  Maria has some humerous lines, but Carrie's flat delivery meant that the humour was missed.  Her voice sounded quite harsh and forced at times.

Stephen Moyer (Captain von Trapp) also seemed to have trouble with humour, and lacked the mischevous 'twinkle' that Christopher Plummer had in the film.  His voice was OK, but that was about it.

Laura Benanti (Elsa Schrader) was another who was OK, but she seemed very ordinary, especially in comparison to the wonderful actress who played Baroness Schrader in the film - she was truly awesome and looked every inch a Baroness, plus she was wonderfully bitchy!  I missed that in Laura's portrayal, and they unfortunately gave the Baroness' reveal to Maria (that the Captain was in love with her) to one of the children, which robbed us of a classic scene.

Christian Borle (Max Detweiler) came across as sleazy.  As with other characters, the humour was missing - one of the memorable things about the film is Max's banter with the Baroness, but that was lacking here.

Ariane Rinehart (Liesl von Trapp) was very good.  Nice to see someone in the role who can pass for '16 going on 17'.  Vocals and acting were both on point.

Michael Campayno (Rolf Gruber) had a good voice, but I was put off by him looking more like '29 going on 30' than '17 going on 18'!

Overall, this production lacked charm and humour.  There was no real chemistry between Carrie and Stephen, and I didn't get the 'tomboy' vibe from Carrie - she was too pretty and even her 'ugly' dress wasn't that bad.  The wedding dress was a let-down.  The one in the film was absolutely stunning, but this one just looked so cheap and was hardly what a young woman who had intended to be a nun at one point would wear, especially when she was getting married in the abbey!

In Topic: Leanne Jones On The Voice!

06 February 2014 - 03:01 PM

No.  People are invited to audition, and many are already in the industry - be it currently gigging singers or people who've been singers in the past.

In Topic: X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

23 January 2014 - 11:56 AM

They should have done the songs they did at the RVP.

In Topic: Stephen Ward - The Musical

10 December 2013 - 12:37 AM

I loved the song.  Alex Hansen was great, but the girl was poor.

In Topic: 'The Musicals' - New Channel 4 Documentary

05 December 2013 - 12:52 AM

View PostMrBarnaby, on 05 December 2013 - 12:19 AM, said:

Andrew Derbyshire was a tragically cliched representation of gay people in theatre, and most of the series peddled this stereotype which is a shame.

There are so many interesting people and stories in theatre and instead they showed him ..

It seemed almost like a spoof at times.  His appearance in the documentary did him no favours.