Last night’s live production of The Sound of Music on NBC got more flak than Maria did for being an unsolvable problem nun. The acting was bad, the costumes St. Pauli-esque and the mountains… gasp! They were fake!
No. It’s all wrong. Those fake mountains.The captain is a vampire. And there’s only one Julie Andrews. Two minutes was enough #SoundofMusic
- Paola (@Paopalinaa) December 6, 2013
But there was one winner in last night’s performance: the city of Salzburg, Austria. Home of the Von Trapps, setting of the original movie and now site of thousands of Edelweiss-blasting tour buses and gazebo-worshipping 16-going-on-17-year-olds, Salzburg enjoyed a flurry of love last night.Some viewers reminisced about past visits to the Austrian city (and the nearby lake district):
- Abby Webb (@AbbyEWebb) December 6, 2013
Many were eager to show off their inner Maria:
#SoundofMusic live was nice, but will never top my run through Salzburg’s Mirabell Gardens singing do-re-mi and dancing along the fountain!
- Victoria Freile (@vfreile) December 6, 2013
I tried to do my best Sound of Music last year in Salzburg pic.twitter.com/hug5SLYtqX
- Adam Smith (@asmith83) December 6, 2013
For some, it inspired new interest in traveling to Austria:
Any of my HUE 2015 pals want to go with me to Salzburg to take The Sound of Music tour? I’m feeling more in the mood now! #soundofmusiclive
- Caroline Nelson (@cenfuturestar) December 6, 2013
Others piped in from Salzburg, where the Sound of Music is apparently still a hot jam after almost 50 years:
Our hotel in Salzburg plays the Sound of Music on a 24 hour loop. I can see the Alps from my window. Good life.
- Meghan (@meghanXrino) December 3, 2013
There was also the inevitable “there’s more to do in Salzburg than the Sound of Music”:
- U.S. News Travel (@USNewsTravel) November 24, 2013
And finally, more Sound of Music Live bashing — this time in defense of the real place:
A sound of music movie not filmed in Salzburg is a fraud. Even if Carrie underwood is ridiculously attractive..
- Zac (@zpictures) December 6, 2013
So while Carrie Underwood and Vampire Bill may not be winning Emmys, it was a good night for the beautiful city of Salzburg. Which by the way does have more to offer than the Sound of Music, including a wonderful Christmas Market, which is open right now.