The real Von Trapp family echoed the voices of critics who said that the “Sound of Music” live remake starring Carrie Underwood fell flat, according to a Dec. 6 UPI report.
The von Trapp family, it turns out, never wanted a remake of the iconic original 1965 “Sound of Music” starring the widely beloved Julie Andrews. Critics on Facebook and other social media, and some newspaper headlines, berated the ABC Television remake of the von Trapp family story.
Myles von Trapp Derbyshire, the great-grandson of the real Maria von Trapp, who now lives in New York City, said the “Sound of Music” remake was “upsetting,” UPI reported. He, like some others, was particularly peeved about casting Carrie Underwood as Maria, the role many believe belongs forever to Julie Andrews. Von Trapp, 28, referred to Carrie Underwood as a “glossy, tabloid figure.”
A Christian Science Monitor report called the acting in the von Trapp family musical in the Dec. 5 live television performance “awful.” It also said that casting Stephen Moyer of “Vampire Bill” from HBO’s “True Blood” as Captain Von Trapp was a distraction too difficult to overcome during the live performance of the “Sound of Music.”
Derbyshire apparently told ABC that the von Trapp family did not want Carrie Underwood in the role of Maria.
According to E! Online, the von Trapp family actually preferred Anne Hathaway to play Maria, not Carrie Underwood.
In addition, Derbyshire's aunt Francoise von Trapp wrote a blog post a year ago echoing the von Trapp family dislike of Underwood’s role in the musical, saying it would be a “tough climb” for Underwood.
Read more about the real story of the von Trapp family.