Carrie Underwood to Headline NBC's Live Sound of Music Remake: Genius or Sacrilege?

carrie underwood sound of musicHow do you solve a problem like casting the role of Maria von Trapp in your live televised version of The Sound of Music? If you’re NBC, you ink a deal with American Idol Season 4 champ-turned-country music megastar Carrie Underwood.

Indeed, the “Before He Cheats” singer and five-time Grammy winner will headline the latest take on the Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway musical that will be produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (Smash, Chicago).

The production is slated to air during the 2013 holiday season.

“We’re thrilled to be presenting the Broadway version of The Sound of Music live,” said Zadan and Meron, in a release. “And having Carrie Underwood as the star brings it to a new generation who will fall in love with it for the first time, as many millions of people already have. It’s a particular joy to us as producers to see this amazing artist stretch into new territory with this classic musical.”

The Sound of Music, set in pre-World War II Austria, is based on the true story of Maria von Trapp, an aspiring nun who takes a job as governess for the seven children of widower Captain von Trapp. The duo begins to fall in love with each other against the backdrop of the rise of Nazi Germany.

The Broadway version of The Sound of Music premiered in 1959, winning the Tony Award for Best Musical. The 1965 big-screen version won the Best Picture Oscar.

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103 Comments
  1. Kayla says:

    This is completely disgusting. There is NO need to do a widely released remake (I think it’s appropriate to do local school productions of it), and if you DO decide to go ahead with it, at least choose someone who makes you think, “This person is Maria.”

    Carrie and even Taylor seem to be self-obsessed, entitled, and too used to fame to convey and relate to Maria as a character. Maria is genuine, good-hearted, and selfless. Either life path that she could have chosen, a convent or raising someone else’s brood of children, are completely selfless decisions that most of us would not be capable of making. Julie Andrews absolutely radiated Maria’s goodness, and I can’t imagine anyone else being that convincing. I don’t see any humility in these girls, and Maria is the definition of humility. It’s hard to imagine someone so used to thousands of screaming girls at her concert fawning over her embodying someone who never expected to be noticed – even removed herself from the public eye and life.

    Additionally, Maria isn’t supposed to be “gorgeous” in the typical sense. Maria needs to be someone that would be a little easy to overlook before you knew her. Carrie would be gorgeous even in the hideous clothes that the poor didn’t want from the convent. It’s not remotely fitting.

    I would say that they need to wait until Julie and Christopher aren’t around to see part of their legacy completely besmirched, but I wish they’d wait until I wasn’t around either. I don’t even want to know that this is happening.

  2. Jj says:

    Carrie Underwood cannot handle this part. She does not have the vocal range. She will butcher it. Guaranteed.

  3. Guy says:

    Hmmm I would have gone with Anne Hathaway

  4. Da says:

    wow. no they cant mess with The Sound Of Music… IT a national and international movie to the point where if you touch it it will be ruine. Carrie underwood is not the maria potrayed in the movie

  5. samantha says:

    I feel like everyone’s over reacting! If it sucks it sucks and we will get over it! I also think that Carrie Underwood is going to be great!
    p.s No ones forcing you to watch it!

    • HitTheGroundRunningWonderlandHaleyOhMy says:

      But the whole point of the internet is to wildly overreact and rave!
      That’s why it was made.

  6. dancing4life says:

    There is no way this is going to work. As much as I love Carrie Underwood, she is NOT Maria von Trapp. Nope. Not going for me,

  7. sunshine says:

    Stupid idea

  8. Hannah says:

    No. Just no. I will NOT be going to watch this. I know Sound of Music was a play first, but Carrie Underwood can’t act worth a damn. Has anyone seen Soul Surfer? TERRIBLE.

  9. Ziggy says:

    F@ck you NBC! I boycott you and sponsors if you do. We don’t f@ck with the classics. Wizard of Oz, gone with the wind, the sound of music, etc. There are only a few classics so don’t mess with perfection. You can’t improve on it and you will look stupid!

  10. lemacd says:

    ok, for all the naysayers… go to youtube and find carrie singing the title song to TSOM. other than the country trill see put on the end (it was a concert, not the play production so give it a break) she nailed it. i’m looking forward to it. i think she is going to be great.

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