...The NBC-TV remake of Rogers & Hammerstein's THE SOUND OF MUSIC as a " live play " production's airing is about one month in the past now , and I meant to post about it here before that ! But I didn't...
With 18 million viewers IIRC , it certainly qualified as " a hit " . NBC even repeated it a week-and-a-halfish later .
I saw it both times:-) .
It was meant to be a " TV play/live production " in the mode of the PLAYHOUSE 90/BELL TELEPHONE HOURs of yore , NBC claiming " For the first time in fifty years..." . I , myself , on the West Coast of the continguous 48 states of the USA (California) saw it as an immediate taped repeat , anyway , being 3 time zones to the west of the Eastern Time Zone , where it would have indeed shown live ~ along with the Central Time Zone .
The Mountain Time Zone , especially for such a " holiday special " as this , I am not so sure about . Anyone ?????
Has it shown outside of the U.S,. yet ~ I know we have Australian and Canadian residents here , others ???
On April 1, NBC is airing a live production of Jesus Christ Superstar. I first saw this on stage in 1972 in London visiting my family. I recommend it to anyone who hasn't seen it. I took my mother to the stage production and she would have had a problem if it was sacrilegious. The main players are Jesus, Judas and Mary Magdalene. I think it gives a clear picture of the politics that surrounded Jesus' crucifixion, and is accessible to viewers of all (or no) religious persuasion.
I've heard it said that Jesus Christ Superstar is the most faithful rendition of the Christ story. I don't remember where I read that, as I understand critical reaction was mostly positive but not that positive, and the play and movie drew their share of complaints about being irreligious if not blasphemous.
Still, I think that observation holds water if one takes the view that the Christ story should be related in ways to reach people in contemporary times.
I'm looking forward to it; I was sold when I heard John Legend was the title character.