What's Julie Andrews' reaction to Carrie Underwood starring in a remake of The Sound of Music?
"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," Andrews said in a recent interview.
So it sounds like she's glad so much talent is being poured into the upcoming live television event based on the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical classic. Andrews also said she thinks Underwood is going to be great in her role as Maria von Trapp, the governess Andrews portrayed in the 1965 film. Andrews was at the 10th anniversary celebration of the Walt Disney concert hall in Los Angeles when she was raving about the upcoming version of The Sound of Music.
Meanwhile, Underwood herself has been busy auditioning children for the production. She was involved in the final casting call to find the right children to play Friedrich, Louisa, Kurt, Brigitta, Marta and Gretl. (And maybe Liesl, although at 16 going on 17, she probably isn't considered a child.)
Underwood predicts those kids will be one of the best parts of the production.
"I think once we get in there and I start working with the kiddos, I'll probably get favorite moments in the show once we start working on it," she said.
As for the classic Broadway songs from the original 1959 production, Underwood said, "Right now, I'm happy with them all, and I'm happy I get to sing them."
The three-hour live television production will air Dec. 5 on NBC.