More than a few The Sound of Music purists were more than a little upset when it was announced NBC would be staging a live production of the classic musical with Carrie Underwood stepping into the iconic role of Maria. But, in a new interview, Julie Andrews gave the December 5 television event the ultimate stamp of approval!
"Fifty years later, it's time somebody had another crack at it," Andrews told Zap2it
. "I had the best time of my life doing it, and it did wonderful things for me. I think it's great that it's being done again, but doing it live must be so daunting for Carrie."
Although Andrews does have her doubts, adding, "I know they're not doing the movie, though. They're doing the Broadway show -- that's what they have the rights to -- and I don't know whether it will resonate similarly. In the movie, we cut some things from the stage version and added some songs."
"It's a lovely piece, and I do hope it works for Carrie, because she's lovely and I'm a fan. I wish her well."
Underwood will be joined on stage by True Blood's Stephen Moyer as Captain Von Trapp and Tony winners Laura Benanti as Elsa Schrader, Audra McDonald as Mother Abbess and Christian Borle as Max Detweiler. Watch a sneak peek below!