There has been much discussion about The Sound of Music Live!, a recently aired musical special on NBC, which drew some 22 million viewers.
Call me sentimental, but the 1965 movie has been a favorite of mine ever since my beloved grandmother introduced it to me when I was a little girl. (Yes, I’ve been known to belt out The Lonely Goatherd without warning.) And if you’re a fan of the film like I am, you probably were skeptical about this new version—I sure was. I rolled my eyes at the previews; and on the night the show aired, I only was able to sit through the first few minutes before I reached for the remote.
Bad acting aside (I’m sure most of us are in agreement on that), the live show had its merits, including excellent singing overall. Most important, the performance introduced this classic to an untapped audience—in my case, my 7-year-old nephew, who can now join his aunt in singing, High on a hill was a lonely goatherd, Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo.