Apparently Carrie Underwood was NOT the first choice to play Maria

JoeKv99
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NBC originally wanted Taylor Swift but couldn't come up with a satisfactory script where Maria dumps the Captain for Max, then dates Rolf, then Kurt (who catches her cheating with Friedrich), then a brief dalliance with Elsa and heartbreak at the hands of Franz the butler all before the end of Act I, which would have ended with Maria singing a song about how mistreated she was by everyone to Mother Superior.
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JoeKv99
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Thy also apparently considered Patti LuPone for Maria but the Nazis were all terrified of her.

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Updated On: 12/9/13 at 12:25 PM
disneybroadwayfan22
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Oh my gosh, thank goodness that I read through the whole paragraph. I had a stroke at the first sentence. And LOL at the second message
Gothampc
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Apparently Carrie's salary demands were so high that they didn't have enough money in the budget to finish Rolf's pants.

Or maybe the costume designer already knew that "Promises, Promises" was going to be the next musical and wanted to recycle those as 1960s hot pants.
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JoeKv99
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Fantasia was very interested but she was sick the day they auditioned.
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CarlosAlberto
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Or maybe the costume designer already knew that "Promises, Promises" was going to be the next musical...

I wish that were really true but PROMISES, PROMISES is definitely not "family friendly". Can you imagine the twitter feed blowing up with angry parents over the "Where Can You Take A Girl?" number.
JoeKv99
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Lea Michelle was interested but only if they changed the name to "The Sound of Maria."

Eventually she decided the part was too small for her.
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Gothampc
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They're using the Promises Promises High School Version. The lyric is updated to Where Can You SkateWith A Girl. It's hard getting two syllables on one note, so I hope they cast good singers.
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Joe you are on a roll. Very funny!
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Gothampc
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I heard that Hunter Foster turned down the role of Cap'n von Trapp because there was no way he was going to stand next to someone who had been tainted by tv.
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henrikegerman
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Miley was all in but demanded some lyric changes. The Hammerstein Estate drew the line at "a lark that is learning to twerk."
Gothampc
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Susan Boyle turned down the role of the Mother Abbess because she was concerned that over-exposure might harm her chances of being nominated for an Oscar for The Christmas Candle.
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JoeKv99
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NBC had hired Tom Hooper to direct but he couldn't figure out how to shoot intense closeups of all 7 kids at once.
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madbrian
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I'm disappointed that the line referring to Rolf, "Why didn't I ever buy them those damn long pants?" was dropped.

I'm also disappointed that, when the family was in the Abbey hiding from the Nazis, no one said, "We're Von Trapped!"

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Updated On: 12/9/13 at 01:12 PM
Gothampc
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I'm disappointed that they took the movie song "Something Good" but didn't take the bit where the Sisters confess to the Rev. Mother that they have sinned and then pull out car parts from the Nazi cars. It is by far the best part of that movie.
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JoeKv99
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Orfeh was interested in playing Gretl.
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Gothampc
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"Orfeh was interested in playing Gretl."

So was Barbra Streisand. I don't know what problems the producers had with a Baby Snooks Gretl.
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Dean Pelton was originally going to be Maria when BRAVO was set to broadcast it
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I still don't know why they put Rolf in those short pants. He looked like a steroidal Pinocchio.
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Gothampc
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"I still don't know why they put Rolf in those short pants. He looked like a steroidal Pinocchio."

Unfortunately the actor already looked a bit too old for Rolf.

I can understand the pants during the early scenes, but when Rolf becomes a Nazi, they just looked ridiculous.
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Why was the song performed by the Scissor Sisters cut?
doodlenyc
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I didnt mind Rolf's pants at all....I forgot to listen to the singing for a minute.
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I understand Elaine Stritch wanted to play the Mother Abbess

"I'd like to propose a toast. Here's to the girls who love God. Aren't they a smash. Prostrate in their habits and garb, humbler than the trash."
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madbrian
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I understand Elaine Stritch wanted to play the Mother Abbess

Or, "Climb every mountain, RISE! RISE!"
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Gothampc
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Unfortunately, all Elaine got out of it was a public service announcement.

How do you solve a problem like di'betes?
How do you avoid that deadly sugar high?
How do you solve a problem like di'betes?
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Gothampc
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Kristin Chenoweth wanted so badly to play Liesl. When she auditioned, she sang Taylor The Latte Boy

Oh Rolf, the Nazi boy
bring me letters, bring me goys
Oh Rolf, the Nazi boy
I love him, I love him, I love him
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