Skip to comments.Carrie Underwood sounds off on 'mean people' post-'Sound of Music'
Posted on 12/07/2013 4:20:52 PM PST by BenLurkin
The live production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein 1959 Broadway musical, also starred "True Bloods" star Stephen Moyer as Maria's employer and love interest, the strict Capt. Georg Von Trapp; Laura Benanti as the Captain's fiancée, Elsa Schrader; multiple Tony Award-winner and "Private Practice" star Audra McDonald as Mother Abbess and "Smash" alum Christian Borle as family friend Max Detweiler. Somehow, each supporting star outshined Underwood in a show fraught with numerous problems, which were promptly maligned on social media.
Kym Karath, who played Gretl Von Trapp in the film, echoed the family's sentiments.
"Love Carrie Underwood but this role is just not right for her," Karath tweeted during the show. "She is lovely her voice is beautiful but acting is wrong."
"To be clear I love Carrie Underwood. Just not as Maria. She was brave to take it on. And this doesn't lessen my respect for her talent," Karath added.
(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...
I despise musicals! I love Carrie Underwood. I sat all the way through this and shocked my wife. Carrie was good from beginning to end.
I’m sure the LATimes critic just hated it because none of the children were openly gay.
I’m surprised this has become so controversial. Just you basic family values, God loving and flag waving everyman. Nothing special. Yet, I’m almost expecting people to hold picket lines at wherever this was filmed. Picketers with big signs showing the New Maria’s face x’ed out or wearing devil horns. There is nothing they can Boycott.
Well, there are musicals and then there are musicals.
I don’t care for either kind for the most part — but TSOM is and always has been just plain nauseating.
No matter who is in it.
Ha.. that's a keeper.
It must be very difficult to do a live TV production-at least give her some credit for trying. And it was nice of NBC to put on something wholesome, for families to watch this time of year.
Carrie Underwood is a Wonderful comedian!
Her spoof on Miley Cirus is a Winner!!
everyone has different tastes and I have seen people say Carrie cannot act
There is not a nastier more vindictive group of people in the world than Broadway theater queens. These people were horrified that a country artist would be hired to play Maria. They also deeply resent Underwood’s poking fun at Obamacare during the recent CMAs, as they still think the Dear Leader walks on water.
The Sound of Music Broadcast gave NBC some of its highest ratings in years, Underwood should be proud of her part in it.
I’d like to see more live TV.
Stage performances are always good, but when they are they exceed in quality.
>>but TSOM is and always has been just plain nauseating.
I’ve never seen the Julie Andrews version, so I’ll have to take your word for it.
This was live apparently, which means it is 100 time tougher to do than any TV show/movie
What is this ‘sound of music’ and who is this Carrie Underwood person (if that is its real name)? I mean, I know that music “sounds”, doesn’t everyone?
Within the group of trained actors, I think Carrie held her own pretty well. Especially the scene where the mother superior sings, “Climb Every Mountain.” Carrie touchingly played Maria, with tears and everything.
There are those who love it.
We watched it...she did a fine job. No, acting isn’t her strong suit...big deal. She’ll get better...her ambition and talent more than made up for what was a bit of a stretch in the character development.
Damn, folks, she was doing something new for an entire generation of television viewing. The entertainment was decent family fare, her voice was beautiful.
For the first live full blown musical in 50 years on television, I give it an A. B+ at worst.
What was everyone expecting? Julie Andrews II?
God bless you, Carrie.
like in the old days of b/w TV?
I think people have taken issue with her being cast in the role, not in her giving it the old college try.
It's silly for the Von Trapp family to weigh in on this, as the story only vaguely resembles history. From what I've read, the real Maria was even more of a martinet than the captain. I really admired the entire production for pulling off all the singing and choreography live the way they did.
I saw a little of it. I though Carrie Underwood did fine.
>> Im sure the LATimes critic just hated it because none of the children were openly gay.
But hey, they DID give an openly black Austrian nun a key role... (snicker... as if!... wonder how many black nuns there really were in Austria back then...)
Good point. Forgot about that....
The biggest of which is that NBC drew its largest Thursday night audience in five years by showing wholesome family entertainment.
...Karath tweeted during the show.
Is this going to be the new expectation of "professional" on the Broadway stage? Tweeting by the performers to the audience DURING the performance?
What happened to staying focused on your part/job/role/assignment until it was done, and then go out to play with others?
Yep. I'm sure the Times hoped that the remake would be more politically correct, and it wasn't. During the entire production Maria did not even once mention how much she admired FDR's New Deal.
And at the end, the family once again fled fascism instead of embracing it.
Julie Andrews gave Carrie her blessing before it aired. Who cares what Kym Karath thinks.
I'll bet there was at least one person that considered giving Beyonce the title role.
>> but TSOM is and always has been just plain nauseating.
You’re heartless, Ben!
Oh well... I’ll soothe myself after your harsh statement like so:
“When the dog bites
When the Ben stings
When I’m fee-ling bad...
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don’t feeeeeel... soooooo.... sad.”
I didn’t see it, but I think it’s a wonderful thing to perform this musical live, particularly given its pro-family and family-friendly subject matter. Julie Andrews was amazing, but she can no longer perform. I respect Carrie Underwood for taking this on, especially since she must have known that she was going to be compared to such an talent. Good for her.
Oh no! Now I’m going to have that song in my head all night.
The problem is the Von Trapp family. They want Ann Hathaway! But the public doesn’t appear to have a problem.
And institutional unbelievers are threatened and terrified by people of true faith:
The last being Marie Osmond on the national touring company in 1994-1995.
I was in Austria in 1985. I don’t think that I saw a single black person while there.
“...Ill have to take your word for it.”
I don’t know if you are kidding, or not, but if you haven’t seen it, please do.
One of the best opening scenes in all film, right up there with the opening of West Side Story.
Yes, I love musicals.
It’s silly to mess with perfection.
The original “Sound of Music” is perfect.
If you're serious, all you need to know about Carrie is in the clip below. And if you're just kidding around, enjoy the clip anyway!
Carrie Underwood 1
Hank Williams, Jr 1
Barry Soetoro 0
Yea and she likes gay marriage.That’s a keeper too.
For those who want to see Carrie Underwood sing with the children, “Do-Re-Me” (She is wonderful!):
Underwood supports homosexual "marriage". Shouldn't that be good enough?
I don’t usually watch musicals either but she did a great job and has a great voice.
We both thought that this would expand her appeal to those that don’t listen to Country music.
I thought that Faith and Tim were on the outs, and there they were sitting together? Carrie, I noticed, was all shaved, and I suspect, underwearless.
The "originaal" Sound of Music was in 1959, and starred Mary Martin and Theodore Bickel.
What you are referring to was the movie adaptation of the original, done in 1965.
Still, I agree with you that the movie was wonderful. It just wasn't the "original."
>> Oh no! Now Im going to have that song in my head all night
Okie-dokie, then you should have some music theory to help you enjoy your sweet dreams!
“Do, a deer, a female deer,
“Re, a drop of golden sun,
“Mi, a name I call my self,
“Fa, a long long way to run,
Just trying to help... no need to thank me...
Let me weigh in in all sincerity.
Carrie Underwood was OK as Maria. She gives no indication that she can act her way out of a paper bag, but her singing was excellent.
I thought everybody else was pretty good to excellent and I was very glad they played it straight with the religious scenes.
There were some technical problems with the show, at many points the singers seemed drowned out by the music and it seemed to really suffer from not having an actual live audience for the performers to play to. I’ve seen complaints about the lighting, etc. which are beyond my ken, but I give them credence.
There was really a lot to complain about with this production, but I enjoyed it and I’m glad they did it. I hope they do more things like this.
HAHA! About 10 seconds after I submitted that post I thought, “Crap, there was probably a version before Julie Andrews’”
You are correct, however. I should have said the 1965 version, LOL.
I think they just hate wholesome family entertainment - it’s a damn sight harder to make work than sleaze.
We had some similar live family entertainment on Australian TV the other night - I said to my wife that I had not seen something like that since the eighties. It was terrific.
Does your heart good to see young people singing great tunes and with dancing and acting talent to boot!
Ann does look a lot more androgenous, as Julie Andrews did back then, small bust, almost no hips, abbreviated hairdo . Carrie may have more appeal to her audience though, and allows her womanliness to work for her.
COOL! Thanks for the link. Boy does that take me back. “Sound of Music” was one of maybe four or five movies I saw during my childhood.
(Is it out of line to say that Julie Andrews was kinda hot?)
She’s still beautiful, and what a voice! It was perfect.
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