Carrie Underwood tackled the iconic role of Maria von Trapp in NBC’s three-hour television production The Sound of Music Live!, based on the original musical, on December 5 to the tune of 18.5 million viewers.
The morning of the live event, Carrie took to Twitter to express her thoughts on starring in the musical. “I just want to say before the craziness starts…I am truly honored to be in #TheSoundOfMusicLive,” she wrote in a series of tweets. “This is an exciting/moving project. I have been surrounded by such an amazing cast and crew for the past 2 months and I will be sad when I’m not coming to set tomorrow. I hope, above all, that we are joyous in what we’re doing and that I am giving it all that I’ve got. Thank you all for the love and support.”
When the show was over, Carrie returned to Twitter to reflect on her performance as well as praise her castmates, sharing a series of behind the scenes photos with the actors who portrayed her onstage children. “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!!!” she wrote.
Yet despite the blockbuster ratings, viewers didn’t hold back their criticism. While millions expressed their support for Carrie and praised her for her performance, others criticized the acting, production and even the singing of both Carrie and her fellow actors. Carrie again used Twitter to address her critics.
“Plain and simple: Mean people need Jesus. They will be in my prayers tonight… 1 Peter 2:1-25” she tweeted.
While Carrie had her share of critics, she had the full support of her fellow country stars. A number of them took to social media to offer her well wishes and congratulations.
Lauren Alaina, who followed in Carrie’s American Idol footsteps, tweeted “. @carrieunderwood your talent never ceases to@amaze me. Thank you for being so inspiring and such a wonderful role model. Xoxo (:”
The Sound of Music Live! also stared True Blood’s Stephen Moyer and Tony Award winners Audra McDonald, Christian Borle and Laura Benanti. It will be released on DVD on December 17. The official soundtrack is available now.