From the shocking tweet from the movies Gretl von Trapp, to how the real Maria van Trapp felt about The Captain…. read on to learn some trivia about The Sound of Music Live! with Carrie Underwood.

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  1. More than 18.5 million people watched the special event on NBC. Giving new hope to the peacock network.
  2. Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron were immediately in talks with NBC to do another live musical for the next December. Might it be Peter Pan, Cindrella, or The Wizard of OZ? Maybe The Wiz?
  3. Some complain that the show wasn’t like the movie. Well, dur. That is because NBC aired the stage show (with a few tweaks.) It was not the movie musical version. While the story remains the same, there are a few differences between the movie and stage versions. We cannot say that this accounts for no goat puppets, though.
  4. NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt explained why Carrie Underwood was picked for this role, saying that “[Maria] was an iconic woman who will now be played by an iconic artist.” He also knew that she was super popular by looking at her Twitter followers number.
  5. Critic and fans suggested Anne Hathaway be Maria von Trapp, instead of Underwood. Which would have meant a blonde Anne. We are glad to have been spared. However, Julie Andrews and Anne Hathaway have a connection from The Princess Diaries movies, and perhaps Andrews would then have played along with this event.
  6. This was the biggest night for NBC viewers since the finale of Fraiser. Of course, back then, Fraiser (Kelsey Grammer) hadn’t yet been outed (by his ex-wife Camille Grammer) as a royal jerk. Whether that knowledge would have upped OR lowered the ratings that night is not for us to say.
  7. The full cast was revealed on September 16, 2013. But after everyone knew who was playing Maria, only the theater nerds cared about the rest of the list.
  8. The production gained over 3 million delayed viewers (from DVRs) a few days after it aired live. Oh, how we love our DVR technology.
  9. Before performing, Carrie Underwood tweeted: This is what I’m going to do tonight. “Sing out your thanks to him; sing praises to our God.” (Psalm 147:7a TLB)
  10. One song that was in the NBC broadcast, and in some stage versions:  “How Can Love Survive.”
  11. “Mystified & disappointed so far by SOM special. So far only happy with Stephen Moyer,” Kym Karath tweeted during the live show Thursday. Karath played the role of Gretl von Trapp in the 1965 musical film “The Sound of Music.” She later backpedaled and said she respected Underwood’s voice.
  12. Like the movie, the production did decide to use “Something Good” as the love ballad between the Captain and Maria, rather than, “An Ordinary Couple.” Either way, love ballads are boring and we all skipped it.
  13. The length of the SOMLive soundtrack is almost exactly one hour. Perfect for the longest shower concert of your life.
  14. The original soundtrack for SOMLive is available with an exclusive bonus if purchased from Walmart. Or free on YouTube. Your pick.
  15. Walmart was the sponsor of the broadcast. Nothing says wholesome like the store with almost zero ethics.
  16. In response to harsh critics, Carrie Underwood tweeted, “Plain and simple: Mean people need Jesus. They will be in my prayers tonight… 1 Peter 2:1-25”
  17. NBC produced five Walmart commercials that aired during the broadcast, featuring products from the store with music from the musical. NBC’s advertising chief Dan Lovinger believed the ads would be a way to “enhance the excitement” of the broadcast. We think it was simply a slick way to trick us into watching commercials for Walmart.
  18. You can purchase The Sound of Music Live on DVD or as a CD from the NBC.com website. Several TV blogs and websites were able to run giveaways related to this, as the production aired live. Including, coincidentally, this one.
  19. The original Broadway production starred Mary Martin. Many of us didn’t know that.
  20. Produced on a budget of $9 million. Which could buy you five large seaside houses in The Virgin Islands.
  21. Broadcast live from a soundstage built at Grumman Studios in Bethpage, New York. A boring fact, but a fact none the less.
  22. The movie version was first shown on TV Fin February of 1976, on ABC. NBC then acquired the broadcast rights and telecast it in February of 1979. ABC and NBC are the ultimate in frenemies.
  23. NBC aired a telecast of the movie every year for twenty years. To fit into a three hour time slot, the movie would then be slashed with edits.
  24. The 1965 soundtrack cast album was nominated for a Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Carrie Underwood has been nominated for ten Grammy awards, and has won six. Connection!
  25. Stephen Moyer told Entertainment Tonight that he hopes for more live productions like The Sound of Music. “I really hope that this sort of spawns a tradition of live performance again because when I grew up, we used to watch this thing every Sunday called Sunday Night at the London Palladium. It was a variety show and it was live from the London Palladium every week on ITV.”
  26. Julie Andrews, who starred in the 1965 version of the movie, did not watch the live broadcast. To that she told the NY Daily News, “Alas, I did not (see it). I had a speaking engagement and I couldn’t. But my kids did record it. I’ll get around to it.”
  27. SNL spoofed the production in the episode hosted by Paul Rudd. Kristin Wiig made a guest appearance to play a Von Trapp daughter. While a spoof was very much called-for, it was perhaps not the best they could have come up with.
  28. The real Maria von Trapp was not in love with the Captain, and did not want to marry him. How romantic.
  29. Universally, critics praised Underwood’s voice, but frowned upon her acting abilities (of which she does not have.)
  30. The Sound of Music musical is based on the memoir of Maria von Trapp, titled The Story of the Trapp Family Singers. Probably about only half of people alive today don’t to know that Maria was a real person. We didn’t.
  31. In 1995, NBC began airing the movie version without any edits, which came out to four hours. Can you imagine?
  32. According to Wikipedia, “As the film’s home video availability cut into its TV ratings, NBC let their contract lapse at the turn of the 21st century. In 2001 it had a one time airing on the Fox network, again in its heavily edited 140-minute version.” NBC couldn’t make money off of the musical for quite some time! But now they can, and are hopeful to use other live formats (which incorporate social media) in the future.
  33. The rights of the movie went back to ABC (and ABC Family) in 2002. In 2008, they bumped it up to HD. And thus continued the tradition of being able to catch it on TV during big holidays. But if you’re already missing it, NBC is re-airing the live version on Saturday, December 13th (tomorrow.)

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carrie underwood maria the sound of music

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