Televisions across the nation will be alive with The Sound of Music Live again, as NBC re-airs the musical featuring Carrie Underwood. Also starring Audra McDonald, Laura Benanti, and Christian Borle, The Sound of Music originally premiered on December 5, 2013, and was watched by more than over 18 million people, reports Playbill.
Although it was a ratings runaway, Twitter came alive with the sound of hate-watching, as viewers unfavorably contrasted Carrie to the beloved Julie Andrews as Maria. With True Blood actor Stephen Moyer taking over the role of Capt. Georg von Trapp in place of Christopher Plummer, the contrast was notable.
Even celebrities joined in mocking Carrie Underwood, reported ABC News. Actress Anna Kendrick particularly enjoyed tweeting her reactions.
“Maria is really the Brad Pitt of this relationship #SoooManyChildren #SoundofMusic”
“I’m glad Carrie wore her sensible pumps for the hike to Switzerland. #Phew #SoundofMusic #WeOut”
“Some corporations live-tweeted the entire show, with DiGiorno Pizza earning props for cleverness.”
“YOU ARE 16, GOING ON 17 AND I’M ASSUMING YOU’D LIKE PIZZA FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY DINNERRRRRRR #BuyDiGiorno #TheSoundOfMusicLive”
But Underwood fought back at her critics.
When Peter Pan Live aired as NBC’s choice to try to replicate the ratings success of The Sound Of Music Live, Twitter wasn’t much kinder, as the Inquisitr reported.
However, venerable Christopher Walken tap-dancing and singing his way through his role as Captain Hook received praise from celebrities such as Mia Farrow.
“Christopher Walken = gold No matter what”
Recalling the pain of being panned, Carrie also praised the show on Twitter.
“I hope the cast & crew of #PeterPanLive feel so happy & proud right now! What an incredible thing you all were a part of tonight! Amazing!!!”
Christian Borle was the sole survivor for Peter Pan Live. He played Max Detweiler in The Sound Of Music, then returned to take on the dual roles of Smee the Pirate and stuffy Mr. Darling.
And for those who want to compare Julie Andrews’ version to Carrie Underwood’s character in The Sound of Music, both Julie and Carrie can be viewed on TV this weekend, reported TheaterMania.
While The Sound of Music Live airs 8 p.m. on December 20 on NBC, ABC airs the 1965 film December 21 at 7 p.m. Parents not fond of the songs may want to have their earplugs ready, because the plan is to offer a sing-a-long version, with all the lyrics to all the songs shown on screen.
See what went into the making of The Sound of Music Live below.
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