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Underwood gets negative reviews for "The Sound of Music"

Thursday, December 5, 2013 – The reception to Carrie Underwood starring in the live TV presentation of "The Sound of Music" was not exactly glowing.

AP Drama Writer Mark Kennedy wrote, "The only real problem was the real reason most people tuned in: Carrie Underwood, an "American Idol" winner and country music star, sang well as Maria but her acting inexperience was laid bare. She had zero chemistry with her love interest and lacked any intensity or shading. Deer in headlights have emoted more. How do you solve a problem like Maria, indeed."

Don Aucoin of The Boston Globe called her performance "wooden."

Underwood starred as Maria and was the main draw in the live NBC performance. The cast also include Audra MacDonald and Broadway veterans Broadway veterans Christian Borle and Laura Benanti.

Time Magazine's Laura Stampler wrote "On top of the massive stylistic leap from country to Broadway, which Underwood handled well, there was one major factor working against the singer: the woman is not an actress. Underwood was cast to take on one of Hollywood's most iconic roles, in which the (quite literally) pitch-perfect Julie Andrews will always be imprinted on our minds. That task would be daunting even to a stage or film veteran."

As for Underwood, she tweeted after the show, "Glory to God tonight...I couldn't be more proud. What a tough thing to pull off and we did it! I am so blessed!!!"


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