To the Editor of THE EAGLE:
Recently I recorded "The Sound of Music" on my TV. After some dear friends told me how much their families loved it, I took the time to watch it. I cannot express how much this beautiful rendition of the Broadway musical lifted my spirits.
The viewers who watched it on numbered 18.5 million more than any non-sports feature since 2009. I thought Carrie Underwood did a wonderful job as Maria, not trying to be Julie Andrews but her own rendition of how Maria would have been. She was innocent and sincere and her rapport with the children was delightful. She has a lovely voice which was showcased by the beautiful music of Rodgers and Hammerstein.
Although I am a fan of Audra McDonald, who has been featured at our Colonial Theatre to sold out crowds, I found the opening scene at the Abbey too long.
However, Ms. McDonald was impressive as Mother Superior. The song ‘Climb Every Mountain’ calls for a powerful voice and Ms. McDonald sang it beautifully. I thought the entire cast was wonderful and especially appreciated the rapport between the Von Trapp family members, something that is missing in many of today’s families.
Although I have enough favorite TV shows to keep me entertained, I am amazed and insulted at some of the drivel that is being presented to our young people. What passes as humor is often nasty and insulting and surely must give some of our young people the impression that "anything goes." Is it any wonder that we have the kinds of problems we read about every day in the paper or see on TV?
Since before Halloween and especially since Thanksgiving we have been inundated by TV commercial after TV commercial on what to buy for Christmas, never a mention of the birth of Christ. Many of the items are costly and I wonder how many people watch those commercials knowing they can hardly afford to put food on the table, let alone fill their living room up with gifts they dare not even think of.
Many thanks to Craig Zadan and Neil Meron for their beautiful production of "The Sound of Music" and their foresight in knowing what a beautiful Christmas gift this was for all those who viewed it. I understand that it will be broadcast at least one more time before Christmas. If you have the opportunity, please watch it.