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'The Sound of Music' live on NBC: 7 takeaways

Posted by Emily Wright  December 5, 2013 11:06 PM

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So, apparently people are really passionate about "The Sound of Music" and Carrie Underwood. Who knew?

Underwood starred in the live television production of "The Sound of Music" on Thursday night, and the live blog was teeming with strong opinions from viewers of all ages.

Here are seven things we took away from the three-hour show, fueled by Twitter reaction from viewers:

1. A common misunderstanding seemed to be that the TV production was based on the 1965 Julie Andrews film, but it was really based on the 1959 Broadway play. At least one fan issued a correction:

2. Carrie Underwood has an incredible voice, and people love her -- we mean they really love her -- but the "American Idol" winner might be able to benefit from some more acting lessons.

3. Liesl, played by Ariane Rinehart, was a fan favorite. Rinehart's only other credits on IMDB are for a guest spot in Justin Timberlake's "Mirrors" video and two productions which have yet to premiere.

4. It's hard to cover up an Oklahoma accent like Underwood's.

5. You can take Stephen Moyer out of "True Blood," but you can't take the "True Blood" out of the minds of TV fans.

6. Whether they think the production was a success or not, people want more live theater from NBC.

7. Audra McDonald could do no wrong as Mother Abbess.

If nothing else, "The Sound of Music" will be a fresh water cooler topic (if people even have water coolers at work anymore).

Let us know what else you thought of the production in the comments.

[Photo: Will Hart/AP/NBC]

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