Carrie Underwood is getting the brunt of the “Sound of Music” fans angst over NBC taking an iconic musical and using it like a variety show for singing and dancing. Carrie Underwood is not the culprit here, but she is the star of the show, so she’s getting most of the mud-slinging in her direction. According to the L.A. Times on Dec 7, Underwood didn’t take the “hater’s” comments lying down.
Instead of bashing the critics, Underwood promised to keep these “mean people” in her prayers because “mean people need Jesus” said the golden voiced singer. There was nothing wrong with Underwood’s voice or her acting in the show. Her singing was actually angelic-like in a few sets that she did.
The uproar over the "Sound of Music" isn't as much about Underwood as it is about the nerve of a network turning the “Sound of Music” into a prime time entertainment venue. Taking a remake of the “Sound of Music” prime time is like remaking “Jaws” on a network channel. The money isn’t there for the scenery, special effects and all the other things that weaved together to make “Jaws” what it was and still is today, the icon of all the shark movies.
The same goes for the “Sound of Music,” NBC couldn’t possibly afford the money it would take to do a remake of the “Sound of Music” and do it justice. Maybe if they had billed the show as a tribute to the “Sound of Music” people would have been more accepting.
When you remake a movie, you expect upgrade, not a prime time variety show focusing on the sounds of Julie Andrew’s songs. Carrie Underwood is the victim of poor planning with NBC setting her up for failure by calling their show “Sound of Music Live!” She was great, but the show was not what one would expect for a "Sound of Music" remake!