The Verdict: Critics Review NBC's The Sound of Music Live!

By Playbill Staff
December 6, 2013

Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic musical The Sound of Music returned to the screen in a new live television adaptation starring Carrie Underwood, Stephen Moyer, Audra McDonald, Laura Benanti and Christian Borle Dec. 5.

Executive-produced by Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, The Sound of Music Live! was co-directed by Beth McCarthy-Miller and Rob Ashford. The three-hour television event nabbed unprecedented ratings for NBC. Read about it here.

The telecast of the Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II musical is based on the original 1959 Broadway production of The Sound of Music, starring Mary Martin and Theodore Bikel, with a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse.

Six-time Grammy winner Carrie Underwood starred as Maria and “True Blood” star Moyer as Capt. Georg von Trapp with Tony Award winners McDonald (Ragtime, Master Class) as Mother Abbess, Benanti (Gypsy, Women on the Verge) as Elsa Schrader and Borle (Peter and the Starcatcher, "Smash") as Max Dettweiler.

The critics have filed their reviews, and has collected them for our readers. will continue to update our list as the reviews come in.

Associated Press

The Boston Globe

The Chicago Tribune

The Daily Beast

The Hollywood Reporter

The Huffington Post

Los Angeles Times

New York Daily News

New York Post

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USA Today


The Washington Post

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