Julie Andrews Fully Endorses THE SOUND OF MUSIC Remake!

Julie Andrews Fully Endorses THE SOUND OF MUSIC Remake!

As BroadwayWorld previously announced, country music icon Carrie Underwood is slated to portray the role of Maria von Trapp in NBC's upcoming live holiday broadcast of The Sound of Music in 2013. According to the Wall Street Journal, original Maria, Julie Andrews fully supports the remake of the classic film.

She told WSJ: "Listen-how long ago was it out? 50 something years ago? ... So, 48 years, probably time that a remake is allowed. Why not? 'Cinderella' has been done, 'Mary Poppins' has been put on stage in the theater. It's all part of the process of those wonderful properties going out and reaching another audience. No, I won't be in it, but I do endorse everything. I mean why not?"

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The Sound of Music, set in pre-WWII Austria, is based on the romantic true story of Maria von Trapp, an aspiring nun who leaves the abbey to become a governess for the widower Captain von Trapp's seven children and finds herself falling in love with her employer and questioning her religious calling. It premiered on Broadway in 1959, where it broke box-office records and won the Tony Award for Best Musical. The 1965 film version won the Best Picture Oscar. Today it is an evergreen classic - as popular in opera houses and outdoor amphitheaters as it is in high school auditoriums. The Sound of Music features a libretto by Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse and a score by Richard Rodgers (music) and Oscar Hammerstein II (lyrics) that includes "My Favorite Things," "Do-Re-Mi," "Edelweiss," and "So Long, Farewell."

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