To the point. Short and sweet:
- First, let’s applaud the network for attempting this. It’s a marvelous idea, and if memory serves me right, hasn’t been done since 1957. (In which Julie Andrews played Cinderella.)
- Yes, you could tell they were on sets, but it had a “Broadway” feel, and the sets were pretty damn impressive.
- The children did amazingly well. No major line flubs or anything.
- Carrie Underwood’s singing was amazingly wonderful. Her acting was nothing special, but I would not say she was bad. For not being an actress, she did well. She didn’t miss any lines. Give the woman some credit.
- I don’t know Stephen Moyer’s background— His acting was great, but he was flat on some notes. But I ‘d rather hear a flat note here and there instead of an actor lip-syncing.
- Laura Benanti, again, I have never heard of her, (I apologize) but she shined in both acting and singing, and even had to adlib a second when an extra stepped on her dress and it almost ripped. She was very enjoyable to watch.
- The rest of the supporting cast was top notch. You know who I’m talking about – Audra McDonald and Christian Borle.
So, in summary— was this perfect? No. But it was a damn good production and people need to realize that this sort of event is a major undertaking. It should be celebrated. I hope that another musical receives this treatment before another 56 years go by.