Sure, you know and love the 1965 Hollywood movie musical classic, The Sound of Music, starring the legendary Julie Andrews. But now you get a chance to see the musical as it was meant to be, in its stage form, right from the comfort of your own couch.
On December 5th, NBC will air the full-scale, blowout, elaborate Broadway inspired The Sound of Music Live! starring American Idol champion and country music superstar Carrie Underwood as Maria. The Tony winning, Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, implies just as the name suggests. It will come to you live, just like it would be if you were sitting at the Gershwin Theater on Broadway.
Carrie Underwood has very little acting experience. However, after the tremendous pressure of having to perform for her life on American Idol every week and almost ten years of touring and selling out arenas, she seems more than seasoned for the role. However, not everyone agrees with that sentiment. She told Entertainment Weekly that she was getting hate tweets from Julie Andrews fans on Twitter.
Carrie Underwood defends her role in Sound of Music revamp—and says she gets "hate tweets" http://t.co/P4rT2NsuoQ
— People magazine (@peoplemag) November 27, 2013
But guess who had her back? Julie Andrews herself supported Underwood and spoke about the difficulty of having to perform the musical live. “Fifty years later, it’s time somebody had another crack at it. I had the best time of my life doing it, and it did wonderful things for me. I think it’s great that it’s being done again, but doing it live must be so daunting for Carrie.”
— ACM Awards (@ACMawards) November 27, 2013
If you’re a fan of the HBO vampire drama True Blood, you will also want to check out the program. Stephen Moyer, aka Vampire Bill, will play Captain George Von Trapp. And if you’re worried that Moyer won’t live up to Christopher Plummer’s Von Trapp, you shouldn’t be. The British actor has seen his fair share of the stage. He performed in over three dozen musicals before falling in love with Sookie Stackhouse in Bon Temps.
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