Country singer Carrie Underwood has haters. “The Sound of Music” haters. As odd as it might seem, there are people that have actually taken the time to write derogatory words and hate-filled, spiteful stuff about the “Just A Dream” singer simply because she’s agreed to perform as Maria Von Trapp in NBC Television’s live rendition of the classic “The Sound of Music.”
“I get hate tweets and stuff like, ‘You’re not Julie Andrews!'” the country singer said in Entertainment Weekly’s Entertainers Of The Year issue (via the Daily Mail).
You’d think people would have better things to do than bother someone who is actually achieving something with their lives. But they don’t…
Which leaves acts like Carrie Underwood and others at the mercy of anonymous tweeters and Facebook posters when they feel somehow offended or simply dislike something the artist has done. Take a look at the most popular Twitter accounts — Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift — and you’ll find plenty of vitriol over some perceived slight or adverse reaction to something said or done by the celebrity. Adam Levine just got nailed numerous times over being chosen People magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive,” something he has no control over.
But Carrie Underwood tries to keep everything in proper perspective. “I know I’m not Julie [Andrews]. Nobody is and I would never pretend that I was.”
She added, “I know my place.”
And that “place” at present is one of country music’s reigning princesses (along with the aforementioned Swift and Miranda Lambert) and the singer chosen to play the lead (first choice, the live show’s music producer, Neil Meron, told Entertainment Weekly) in NBC Television’s live production of “The Sound Of Music,” a two-hour event adapted from the original play. That’s correct: The television event will be based on the original Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway musical and not the iconic movie.
Carrie Underwood also has the support of at least one person that really matters in all this — Julie Andrews herself. Andrews, in an interview with Zap2It, said that it was “about time” someone else was playing Maria Von Trapp after half a century.
“Fifty years later, it’s time somebody had another crack at it,” she said. “I had the best time of my life doing it, and it did wonderful things for me. I think it’s great that it’s being done again, but doing it live must be so daunting for Carrie.
“I know they’re not doing the movie, though. They’re doing the Broadway show — that’s what they have the rights to — and I don’t know whether it will resonate similarly. In the movie, we cut some things from the stage version and added some songs.”
Although Andrews didn’t perform in the original, she is familiar with it. She actually saw the musical when Mary Martin (Larry Hagman’s mother) played the lead on Broadway. “It’s a lovely piece,” she said, “and I do hope it works for Carrie, because she’s lovely and I’m a fan. I wish her well.”
So, to review: Carrie Underwood knows she’s not Julie Andrews (nor can she be). Julie Andrews, for whom the haters sending hate tweets have appropriated offense, wishes the country singer well in her “The Sound Of Music” endeavor. The NBC Television live production isn’t going to be based on the movie, the only version that Julie Andrews was involved in.
So what do the Twitter haters have to hate? Seems like much ado about nothing. That, and people with far too much time on their hands and not enough things of import in their lives to distract them from concocting meaningless, ill-informed, and hateful Twitter quotes.
The live broadcast of “The Sound Of Music” airs on Thursday, Dec. 5, on NBC Television at 8 p.m. (EST)