When NBC announced it was planning on remaking the seminal musical for the small screen, I nearly had a heart attack. One on hand, I was excited to see what the Smash producers would have in store for us. On the other hand, The Sound of Music is truly one of my favorite things and tinkering around with a classic is difficult endeavor. I have faith though that Craig Zadan and Neil Meron won’t let me down. After all, they did work on the film versions of Hairspray and Chicago.
“It isn’t our intention to produce a remake of the movie version of ‘The Sound of Music’ – that would be artistic blasphemy,” Craig Zadan says in a statement. “What we want to do, instead, is to give audiences a completely fresh experience of this great Tony Award-winning stage musical in the form of a classic television event, combined with the spontaneity of a live performance. And all of the actors will be singing live; there will be no lip-synching to pre-recordings.”
As with any great musical, casting is key. If you don’t have the right person playing the lead parts, you’re up sh*t creek without a paddle. Maria Von Trapp is definitely one of the most iconic roles in musical history. Trying to follow in the footsteps of Julie Andrews is a tall order. Let’s face it. Anyone who’s cast in NBC’s remake is going to have a few naysayers. Personally, I love their choice. Find out who it is below.
She’s already portrayed a Dorothy-like character in her Wizard of Oz-inspired “Blown Away” music video, and now she’s going to tell us that the hills are alive with the sound of music. It’s none other than Carrie Underwood. The 29-year-old is slated to star in the three-hour special slated to air in late 2013.
“We’re thrilled to be presenting the Broadway version of The Sound of Music live,” producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said in a statement. “Having Carrie Underwood as the star brings it to a new generation who will fall in love with it for the first time as many millions of people already have. It’s a particular joy to us as producers to see this amazing artist stretch into new territory with this classic musical.”
There’s no doubt Carrie has the vocal talent to tackle the role, but will she have the acting chops to pull off some of the more emotional parts. The new adaptation will be based on the 1959 Broadway show instead of the film starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. That said, their version will feature songs from the movie along with additional music from the Broadway show that theater buffs will appreciate.
What do you think of Carrie’s casting? Do you think the country superstar can pull off playing an Austrian nun? Who would’ve you cast? Sound off below.