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.