When the news that NBC was creating a live production of The Sound of Music to be aired on December 5, many people said that Carrie Underwood would never be able to touch Julie Andrews’ performance as Maria. The next thought from fans is what Julie Andrews herself had to say about the production.
Andrews starred in the 1965 motion picture adaptation of The Sound of Music, which was based on the 1959 Broadway play. Both the play and the film were based on the memoir of Maria von Trapp’s “The Story of the Trapp Family Singers.” Although The Sound of Music had a good run on Broadway, it’s Julie Andrews’ Maria that is the most well-known and loved by fans across the world.
Julie Andrews, who has been in semi-retirement spoke out about the live play that NBC plans to air with Underwood taking the part of Maria and True Blood’s Stephen Moyer as Captain Von Trapp. Andrews proves that she’s a class act, having said to Zap2It:
“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. I do hope it works for Carrie, because she’s lovely and I’m a fan. I wish her well.”
It bears mentioning NBC’s production will not be the motion picture version, and instead will be the Broadway version which is slightly different from what people are used to seeing. Andrews did question about whether or not audiences will be as engaged because it’s not the Sound of Music that they are familiar to. She makes a good point having said:
“I know they’re not doing the movie, though. They’re doing the Broadway show — that’s what they have the rights to — and I don’t know whether it will resonate similarly.”
Of course if you aren’t interested in seeing the Carrie Underwood version, you can always catch the annual airing of Julie Andrews’ version of The Sound of Music as it will air on ABC on December 22.
Are you looking forward to NBC’s version of The Sound of Music?