How Did Carrie Underwood Do as Maria von Trapp on 'The Sound of Music Live!'?
Carrie Underwood as Maria in "The Sound of Music Live!"
The hills were alive — live! — when the real time (for East Coast peeps, anyway) production of "The Sound of Music" aired on NBC on Thursday night.
Country star Carrie Underwood, who's known more for her singing chops than her acting résumé, headlined the show as nun-turned-governess Maria von Trapp in the live three-hour version of the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic. And it's no shocker that Underwood's performance created a bevy of buzz before, during, and after the show.
The "American Idol" alum did fine with the songs, but when it came to acting ... well, not so much. At least that what the critics — and the all-important Twitterverse — had to say.
Check out Underwood's first non-singing scene:
The Hollywood Reporter's Marc Bernardin wrote:
Variety's take on the East coast airing: "There was plenty of criticism about Underwood not being up to snuff for the lead role and the production not measuring up to the 1965 Julie Andrews pic. And there was chatter about the lighting leaving scenes looking a little dark and the orchestra being too high in the mix."
Check out the negative Twitter reaction to Underwood's acting:
Carrie Underwood has a great voice, but she can't act her way out of a brown paper package tied up with string. #soundofmusic— Erin McCarthy (@erincmccarthy) December 6, 2013
I wish Carrie Underwood would shut her Von Trapp.— Cake Bowen (@NotJakeOwen) December 6, 2013
How do you solve a problem like Carrie Underwood?— Cathleen Ritt (@CathleenRitt) December 6, 2013
The hills are alive with the sound of Carrie Underwood, but they died shortly after the sight of her acting.. #carrieunderwood”— Lisa Simmons (@livinglargelisa) December 6, 2013
And here are a few who commended her effort:
Give Carrie Underwood credit for attempting the role. There was one Mary Martin. There's just one Julie Andrews. Great show. #SoundofMusic— L'Etat C'est Moi (@letat_lechat) December 6, 2013
Love how Carrie Underwood is putting her own spin on The Sound of Music! She's not trying to be anybody else but herself! #obsessed ☺️— Lauren Cordle (@laurennncordle) December 6, 2013
Of course, the Julie Andrews comparisons were bound to happen, despite the fact that NBC's production was actually based on the original 1959 Broadway musical starring Mary Martin, and not the Academy Award-winning film that starred Andrews. But Underwood wasn't trying to fill an icon's shoes, anyway. Before the show, the singer revealed she was getting "hate tweets" over the role, with superfans reminding her: "You're not Julie Andrews!"