Right now Bob Greenblatt is adding "live TV musicals" to his list of favorite things (right after brown paper packages tied up with string).
"Sound of Music Live!", the first live musical on network television in more than 50 years and a pet project of the
The broadcast delivered the Peacock Network its best Thursday-night performance with younger viewers since the finale of
Conveniently, the live format also made the show immune to critics, who were unable to issue their verdicts until after "The Sound of Music Live!" had aired. That was probably a good thing for NBC, given that reviews were largely unfavorable, with many critics praising the network for taking a big gamble while singling out Underwood's performance as the production's most obvious liability.
Wrote Times critic Robert Lloyd, "As a stage actress, there was no way to regard her as anything but an amateur -- good enough, certainly, to convey the meaning of her lines, and sometimes better than that, but lacking weight and substance and the shadings she can bring to a song."