Thursday, December 01, 2005

Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Sound of Music?

Yes, this concerned me when I first read it. Seems like Lord Lloyd Webber is going to mount a stage production of the movie version of The Sound of Music - upon further investigation, I discovered that he's just acting as producer, and is not adding any new music to the score, so that's definitely good. However, he is going to do a reality TV-style search to find the woman who will play Maria, and the show is tentatively titled - brace yourselves - "How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?" Ouch. How do you solve that problem, indeed. It's not like Julie Andrews could reprise her role - she's 70, for Pete's sake - but I think an American-Idolesque contest is a bad idea, too. Whatever happened to good old fashioned auditions?

stage version of movie version of The Sound of Music - B+ - on the plus side, it's the version everyone knows, on the down side, it's the version everyone knows
"How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?" - C-

9 comments:

equippedtofascinate said...

Julie Andrews can't sing anymore either...an operation on her throat gone bad. Maybe I could reprise my role as Rolf...what do you think?

amanda's dad said...

Park your political correctness at the door. Maria was definitely Austrian. "Sorry, Fantasia, your just not right for the part."

Ashlee said...

I think the bigger problem here is why on earth
create a "stage" version of a movie when THAT ALREADY EXISTS AND WAS WRITTEN BEFORE THE MOVIE? I swear. Does Andy LB think that no musical theatre existed before Phantom of the Crapera and he put his stank all over Aida? Jeez.

I'm going to go drown my frustraton by seeing Rent for the second time.

Anonymous said...

totally agree with Ashlee!!

summer

amanda's brother said...

On a similar note, Will Ferrell isn't fit to clean Kenneth Mars's hearing aids. Nothing will top the original "Producers." Achtung, Baby!

Dustin J. Harder said...

well, american idol audition "like" things is the way to go these days it seems, sad but true. so sad. At least if you bombed at an audition before the only people to see it was the creative staff.

casey said...

I want to be a Von Trapp! Where are the auditions?

shannon said...

Ooh! I want to be a Von Trapp too! I'm probably too old to be anyone but one of the nuns though. Maybe I could be Sister Margarithe...

amanda's brother said...

Hell, Dad, Fantasia Barrino probably looks as much like the real Maria von Trapp as Julie Andrews did.