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Carrie Underwood Wasn't Sound Of Music's 1st Pick?! The Original Von Trapps Wanted A DIFFERENT Actress!
Uh oh! Maybe they SHOULD have given them what they wanted!
However, it's coming to light that the original von Trapp family was NOT on board with Carrie's casting as Maria! In fact they wanted someone COMPLETELY different to play the role!
According to Myles von Trapp Derbyshire, who is the great grandson of the OG Maria von Trapp, the family wanted none other than Miz Anne Hathaway to play the role!
The 28 year-old New-Yorker said:
Unless you live under a rock, you know that last night was THE night to be glued in front of your TV watching the Sound Of Music three-hour LIVE broadcast on NBC starring Carrie Underwood, Stephen Moyer, & Audra McDonald!
The show had it's ups, (Carrie's singing/Audra in general), and downs, (Carrie's acting!!!), but overall it was truly an experience to watch..
Which is why most celebs were addicted to their TV's and turned to, where else but Twitter to express their thoughts about the broadcast!
Here's a look back at some of the best #livetweets from last night:
As if our EXCLUSIVE! preview of the Sound Of Music classic song yesterday wasn't enough, full tracks from the soundtrack for NBC's live special remake have leaked!
..not that we're shocked!
We wouldn't expect anything less from such an epic talent!!!
Even her yodels are perfection! HA!
If Carrie sounds this stellar on the pre-recorded tracks, we can't even begin to fathom how fantastic she'll sound THIS Thursday live!
Ch-ch-check out her rendition of the classics (above and below)!
Reunited and it feels so GOOD!
The original cast got together at the Atlantic Theater Company's Linda Gross Theater in New York City for the wonderful reunion!
If you like Once the musical or Mumford And Sons, you will LOVE this song!
Listen to the beautiful folk ballad Sonya Alone from the new musical by Dave Malloy, Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812, above.
Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812 is the name of the new musical theatrical experience we saw Wednesday night that is as ambitious as its long title would suggest!
It might be a tad too ambitious, but better aim high than for the lowest common denominator!
The show is not quite a musical and not quite an opera. It's a hybrid of both.
Unlike your traditional musical, Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812 is completely sung-through, without any dialogue.
Unlike the new Anna Nicole Smith opera we saw earlier this fall, Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812 is not sung in operatic style. Instead it sung in the style of musical theater.
However, the big crux of the show is that instead of getting a bunch of great songs, we have a bunch of great musical moments that are burdened with SO MUCH EXPOSITION!
Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812 attempts to distill 100 pages of Tolstoy's epic War And Peace into a two act immersive musical experience.
This is dinner theater done right!
The show is presented at Kazino supper club in the heart of the theater district and Rachel Chavkin has done a thrilling job of directing this lofty new work.
It is compelling from start to finish, if a bit cumbersome at times.
Phillipa Soo is stunning as the lead heroine, Natasha. And Brittain Ashford is also quite moving as Sonya.
The entire cast gives solid performances and we love the blind casting. However, Lucas Steele was woefully miscast. He's VERY PRETTY and has an equally pretty voice, but his character is supposed to be masculine and manly. Steele's twink demeanor and equally twinkish portroyal of Anatole, the lead love interest, definitely took away from the experience.
The real standout of the show, though, is Dave Malloy, who wrote the music and lyrics as well as orchestrated the show. EVERY SINGLE musical moment was good! We just wish some of these felt more like songs than just dialogue set to music.
We are sooooooooo looking forward to see what Malloy does next! He is clearly phenomenally talented!
This production reminded us a lot of Once meets Rent, and we think it would be phenomenal if the Jonathan Larson musical played Kazino next and Chavkin did her magic to immersify and reconfigure the iconic musical from the '90s!