The truth is: Carrie Underwood is not Julie Andrews. Carrie Underwood is Carrie Underwood. She’s a living person. She is not an inanimate idol. She is a real person with a real soul. She is somebody’s daughter and somebody’s friend. She smiles when she is affirmed and cries when she is brutalized, just like we do. And on her worst week, she is doing a lot more than most of us do in a year. Even her legs are a Pinterest phenomenon. Most of our legs are under Snuggies right now.
Maybe acerbic public criticism doesn’t hurt seasoned stars like Carrie.
But I think it hurts our children. We can’t run up to the schoolhouse and beg for a parent conference because our child is being made fun of at recess, when we are making fun of someone else’s child at home. (Don’t pretend she can’t read what you write; she can.) We can’t expect our children to be the kind of people who will try something new and brave, when they hear us chopping those kind of people to bits.
It is not enough to tell children that risks are worth taking.
We have to let them hear us applauding the people who take them.
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Carrie Underwood’s voice is a force of nature. This is perfect.
I’m sorry, but casting Carrie Underwood as Maria was the worst decision ever made.
I love her as a country artist, but keep her away from my show tunes.
Interesting that you can claim this was “the worst decision ever made” without actually, you know, seeing the show. For the record, both Audra McDonald and Laura Benanti (both Broadway veterans), among other castmates and the directors, have praised Carrie’s casting, even calling her the perfect choice for the role.
All I’m saying is, why don’t you wait until the show actually airs before you write it off? Who knows, maybe Carrie will surprise you. And if not, it’s not the end of the world. People stage versions of The Sound of Music across the world all the time. This one just happens to be airing live on television, bringing the stage version to a whole new generation of fans. If you’re really a fan of The Sound of Music and/or musical theater, you should be happy about that. Maybe this will open the door for more musicals to make their way onto television for millions of fans to enjoy.