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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

December 5, 2013 at 12:31 PM

That live ‘Sound of Music’ thing

I’m seeing an awful lot of . . . well, it’s best characterized as horrified anticipation online today about “The Sound of Music Live!,” an event so super-exciting it apparently needs an exclamation point, airing tonight at 8pm on NBC. (By the way, no matter what that title says, it won’t be live on our coast.) I won’t be watching, because a) I don’t care that this is a live stage show of the stage version of “The Sound of Music” blah blah blah; I still don’t want anyone other than Julie Andrews to ever sing “The Lonely Goatherd,” thanks very much, and b) um, I have to be somewhere else tonight, otherwise I’d probably sneak a peek or two, despite point a). Anyway, this event is being produced by¬† Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, whose numerous credits include being executive producers of “Smash,” which gives me hope that at some point in this three-hour event, Anjelica Huston will show up and throw a drink in someone’s face. Maybe Rolf’s. Anybody planning on watching tonight?

Update: OK, I confess I just watched this video of the great Audra McDonald, who I like to think of as Cousin Audra (no, not really), being forced to sing “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” on some outdoor stage on a very cold night. She looks like she’s freezing, but I will say that she, not surprisingly, really sings the hell out of that song, including those final notes that defeated Peggy Wood in the movie. (” . . . Till you find YOOOOUUUURRRR DREEEEAAAAAMMMM!”) So, OK, maybe that’s a reason to watch tonight.

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