BY RACHEL MCRADY
These days Carrie Underwood’s Twitter is alive with the sound of critics. The 30-year-old country superstar has received plenty of negative feedback for taking on the role of Maria von Trapp in The Sound of Music remake, which Julie Andrews originated almost 50 years ago in the original 1965 film, based on the Broadway musical of the same name. And though plenty fans of the musical have strong opinions on the casting, Underwood’s live performance is still a week away.
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The NBC event will air live on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 8 p.m. But Underwood has already grown tired of the backlash she’s getting simply for taking on the role.
“I get hate tweets and stuff like, ‘You’re not Julie Andrews!’” she told Entertainment Weekly. “I know I’m not Julie. Nobody is and I would never pretend that I was … I know my place.”
Alongside Underwood is True Blood vamp Stephen Moyer as the “Edelweiss”-singing Captain von Trapp, star soprano Audra McDonald as Mother Abbess, and Broadway and TV veterans Laura Benanti and Christian Borle as Elsa Schrader and Max Detweiler respectively.
Julie Andrews has voiced her support for the project several times, including a recent interview with Larry King.
“I wish it well, that’s for sure,” she said. “A live broadcast, poor lady!”
She also spoke at the 10th Anniversary Celebration of the Walt Disney Concert Hall in early October about Underwood and the remake saying, “I think she’s great. It’s going to be the original show, I believe, and I think after 40 or 50 years, it’s probably time somebody else had a crack at it.”