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Published: Friday, Dec. 6 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

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Glen in the Bronx
Bronx, NY

Obviously we were watching different versions of the show. In short, the production was tragic. Carrie Underwood, who to my credit I had never heard of before yesterday, had no acting talent whatsoever and sank the entire production. Comparing last night's show to a Broadway production is libelous. Broadway producers would never put such a talentless hack in THE lead role in a major musical and expect to survive. Also, Steve Moyer as the Captain never warmed up; he stayed in vampire mode the entire night.

IN short, if anyone is under the illusion that last night's fiasco on NBC is in ANY WAY like a Broadway show, I urge that person to hop a flight to JFK immediately.

While I laud NBC for trying something we have not seen in 40 years, the vehicle with which they tried this experiment was the wrong one.

happy2bhere
clearfield, UT

Yes, unfortunately, I too saw what looked like high school acting from Carrie Underwood. She has a beautiful voice though and performed that part well. It was kind of the opposite of Audrey Hepburn (in My Fair Lady) who could act the part well, but could not sing. She was dubbed by someone else. I now can appreciate a little better what it means to be a professional actor. Good ones have the ability to make their lines seem like they are coming from themselves, and not being recited from a script, which is what I saw with Carrie. Hopefully if Ms. Underwood wants to act more, she will get some proper training. Acting really is not as easy as Spencer Tracy once said. "Remember your lines and don't bump into the furniture", but good acting makes it look that easy.

grj
Bountiful, ut

I think Julie Andrews too had a first performance somewhere, sometime, but she wasn't the dubious beneficiary of rampant social media critiquing her every move. We need more entertainers like Carrie Underwood and props to her for getting out there under the bright lights and giving it a go. We will see more if her and she'll get better as she goes.

JWB
Kaysville, UT

It is amazing to see the live cast do a great job with cameras zooming in so much of all scenes. Broadway critics can find fault with the first attempt to do this kind of production in 50 years. NBC did a great job in casting with the inability to go back with a retake in every shot. Fantastic family G-rated production for anyone to see without going to a theater production. I am grateful for Miss Underwood's desire to take on this effort. I am sure it wasn't a piece of cake but she did it.

Denverite
Centennial, CO

After the first hour, I thought Julie Andrews must be rolling over in her grave--except that she's still alive--and when I saw Elsa, I too thought the captain ought to take her instead.

However, most actresses would suffer if compared in that role to Julie Andrews, who, if memory serves, was once told by Richard Rodgers that one of her auditions was "absolutely adequate."

The fact that Carrie had the guts to try it, live, speaks well for her and the cast, and my kids enjoyed it even though they are more used to the movie version we own. But maybe next time, she should try Oklahoma! The country/western setting and the songs Laurey sings would probably fit Carrie a lot better--and they can get serious dancers for the ballet sequence if they include it.

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

It was boring.

Cats
Somewhere in Time, UT

I like Carrie. She has a beautiful voice, but she can't act. I don't mean to be overly critical, but it's just a fact. Sad, but true.

Pat
Salt Lake , UT

I enjoyed it. It was a breath of fresh air in an otherwise dismal and violent world.

nmjim
SANDIA PARK, NM

Au contraire... We love love LOVED the production and especially Carrie Underwood. We of course like the original Julie Andrews / Christopher Plummer version best. But we were enchanted by this entire production, and the story line differences just made us pay more attention to the show....

Clarissa
Layton, UT

I agree that Carrie was lacking in acting, but she tried and I thought 'Good for You.' If you are a trained singer, like myself, you would of heard her nasal sound in her middle range. She needs some vocal training, but overall her singing wasn't bad. It is difficult for a voice to jump from country music to Broadway. I really loved the dancing.

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

"....She had zero chemistry with her love interest and lacked any intensity or shading. Deer in headlights have emoted more. How do you solve a problem like Maria, indeed...."
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Such condescending comments make a critic sound like he is more interested in trying to sound witty than in trying to treat his readers as intelligent people who deserve respect.

orem_man_am_i
orem, UT

I really have to chuckle at some of the 'highbrow' attitudes.

So Carrie Underwood hasn't done much theatre before - I enjoyed this production!

I love fillet mignon, but a good hot dog from a street vendor makes my tummy equally as happy.

Get a life all you art critics.

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