NBC recently had a ratings smash with The Sound of Music Live starring Carrie Underwood as Maria Von Trapp. Its success has spawned two things:
1. NBC is going to do a live musical next year, possibly a production of Cabaret starring Miley Cyrus as Sally Bowles, and David Hasselhoff as the Emcee.
2. People love to snark about how Carrie Underwood did a great job at singing the part, but her acting proved she was no Julie Andrews who starred in the 1965 movie version.
Now I decided right away to not snark about Carrie Underwood's acting, mainly because comparing her to Julie Andrews was not a case of comparing apples to oranges, but apples to apple juice.
Let me clarify.
|Julie Andrews is the|
|Carrie Underwood is the|
See, it's perfectly clear.
What? You still don't get what I'm getting at, you're not hep to my groove?
Fine, I'll explain some more.
Julie Andrews is an apple, because by the time she did the defining portrayal of Maria Von Trapp in 1965 she had been an experienced performer on Broadway and London's West End. She had training, and had been singing and performing since she was 10 years old.
Underwood is the apple juice since she has spent most of her career as just a singer, and her acting resume is comparatively thin, consisting of a few cameos, usually as a variation of herself. It also took a hell of a lot of courage to dive into performing a musical, one of the toughest gigs in acting, broadcast live to the world, something that's only been done rarely since the early 1950s.
Now do you see what I'm getting at?
Experience, talent, and the comfort of shooting a feature film with multiple takes makes Julie Andrews the apple, a complete package as a performer.
Inexperience, a lack of training, doing it on live TV with no second takes, but a strong singing voice made Carrie Underwood the apple juice. Sweet, pleasant, reminds you of apples, but not really a complete apple, just part of one.
And that's why I cut Ms. Underwood some slack.