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Viewers around the world sound off on “The Sound of Music”. NBC reportedly spent 9 million dollars on this live production with Carrie Underwood as the star. Some viewers say NBC ruined a family classic. Maybe some people are going overboard with saying they ruined it. It was a fair production, but will not become a well-known classic like the original. Years ago they did something similar when they remade “Annie”, but that was a better remake, with better casting choices.
It is not to say that Carrie Underwood did not sing the part well, but she wasn’t spectacular. She was not trained as a Broadway performer and with good reason, she is not an actress, as we all witnessed on Thursday night. For not being an actress she did do fairly well especially considering the production was televised live to NBC viewers. If they had made this film the old fashion way yelling “cut” and “let’s try that again”, then maybe Carrie Underwood would have stood a chance to the critics of the world.
Almost a year ago, when it was first announced that Carrie Underwood would play Maria, many lifelong fans of the original film were disappointed, but others gave her a chance and hoped and prayed that she would pull it off. Her singing was great because she is a great singer, but in this role you need natural acting skills which Underwood does not possess. There was no raw and real emotion in her singing as there should be for this amazing character.
Julie Andrews herself gave well wishes to Underwood and was not disappointed in the choice to have Underwood follow in her footsteps. There have not been many rumors on what Julie Andrews thinks about Underwood’s performance now that it is sang and done.
The simple fact is that Underwood is an amazing singer with a strong country accent who was having a hard time opening up to the role of Maria. A strong actor with less vocal skills would have been a better choice for the casting agents of this production. Fans of the original would have rather seen an unknown actress blow the part out of the water then Carrie Underwood fail as an actress. But, of course, NBC used Underwood as a marketing tool to get viewers for the live event.

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