A Network Is Buoyed by ‘Sound of Music’ Scores

December 10th, 2013

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From left, Stephen Moyer as Captain von Trapp, with Ella Watts-Gorman, Grace Rundhaug, Ariane Rinehart, Peyton Ella, Sophia Ann Caruso, Michael Nigro and Joe West in “The Seem of Audio,” which drew eighteen.six million viewers final Thursday on NBC.

The tremendous ratings for very last week’s dwell variation of “The Sound of Music,” which arrived at 18.6 million viewers, have NBC’s leading entertainment government pushing the button on a stick to-up.

Robert Greenblatt, the chairman of NBC’s amusement division, said on Monday that the community would mount another stay generation next yr for the vacations that would be led by the “Sound of Music” executive producers, Neil Meron and Craig Zadan. In a phone interview, the three gentlemen mentioned they had begun operate on choosing yet another musical. Mr. Greenblatt mentioned they ended up “circling a pair of titles” that match their conditions: family-pleasant Broadway classics with a lot of familiar tracks.

“All weekend, folks have been contacting us and emailing us,” Mr. Greenblatt mentioned. “Rights holders of musicals have said, ‘Please do one particular of our displays.’ We’re enthusiastic to try out it once more.”

And that almost certainly implies much more than as soon as. Mr. Greenblatt mentioned there have been at least a handful of titles the network believed it could existing, generating dwell musicals an yearly holiday getaway event.

“There’s ample to do a handful of these in excess of the next a long time, if we maintain increasing the learning curve,” he explained. “There could be a minor little bit of a phenomenon to the 1st one particular of these. Who is aware what transpires Calendar year two, three or four. But you’ve acquired to have occasions. I think we could do this once more — and again and again.”

The next venture should not just take as extended to prepare, Mr. Greenblatt mentioned. “We labored on this one for at least eighteen months,” he stated. “Now that we have accomplished it as soon as, we do not need eighteen months again. We know a lot about how to do it.”

One critical aspect to the success of “The Seem of Tunes,” Mr. Meron mentioned, was securing Carrie Underwood, the country audio star who performed Maria, the role produced popular by Julie Andrews in the 1965 movie. “She actually shipped her viewers, her admirer foundation,” Mr. Meron mentioned. The executives mentioned that the ratings ended up 3 moments what they experienced predicted.

That was a obvious explanation the producers pursued Ms. Underwood, in spite of her thin performing r?sum?. “I’m not confident almost twenty million people would have occur out for a good deal of other names,” Mr. Greenblatt explained. He mentioned that other stars widely suggested as greater casting selections than Ms. Underwood, like Anne Hathaway, would not have established aside the ten months necessary to put together for the live functionality.

Ms. Underwood also bore the brunt of the interest, some of it harsh, directed towards the display. A whole lot of that came from dwell commentary on social media websites. Mr. Zadan stated that no subject who was forged, men and women “were all likely to say, ‘How dare you compete with Julie Andrews?’ ”

Despite that criticism, the producers extolled the benefit of social media.

“Social media performed a pivotal part in the success of the demonstrate,” Mr. Zadan explained, noting Twitter and Facebook traffic “that lasted the entire efficiency and past.”

Of system, a very good part of that consisted of snarky remarks about Ms. Underwood’s performing skills and about interruptions like ambient noise in the studio and accompaniment that was also loud. Professional critics also took some pictures — Alessandra Stanley, chief tv critic for The New York Instances, wrote that the functionality “felt muted and a tiny sad” — although several, even in selecting aside some components, congratulated NBC for its willingness to consider one thing difficult.

Typical was a overview on The Every day Beast, by Kevin Fallon, who wrote, “It’s the minimum we can do to fall any cynicism more than the undertaking and harsh response to the execution of it and recognize the huge gamble and undertaking it was to reanimate these mountains, and how fun it was to — even without Julie Andrews and even if it was variety of a mess — be twirling on them once again.”

Mr. Meron explained, “When you have one thing this huge, you anticipate a minor snark.”

Mr. Greenblatt also mentioned: “There is no snarkier universe than the Broadway world. It just type of invitations it. It is O.K. I’d relatively have men and women deeply engaged than ignoring it. Any individual I after worked for said to me when, ‘Everybody hated it but the audience.’ And I’ll consider that.”

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