Last night NBC aired The Sound of Music Live! starring Carrie Underwood as Maria von Trapp, the real-life nun-turned-matriarch immortalized onscreen by Julie Andrews. The live stage remake earned the network its best ratings since 2009, but not without attracting numerous harsh critics.
Myles von Trapp Derbyshire, the great grandson of the real Maria von Trapp, ripped Underwood apart. "It's just upsetting that this could potentially be the final broadcast of our story," he told ABC News. "Although her voice is amazing, she doesn't have acting experience. It's the overall image: She's a country star, she won American Idol, she's very public in kind of a tabloid way. Now we have this very glossy, tabloid figure playing this role."
In fact, the von Trapps had discussed who would have been a better pick. Their choice? An Oscar winner.
"[Our family has] had the conversations of who could play this role better and it was Anne Hathaway," he said. "Here's someone who just won an Oscar for a similar situation [in Les Miserables]. She was able to act and sing."
It gets worse. Not only are the real von Trapps upset over Underwood, but so are the actors who played them in the 1965 film.
Charmian Carr, who played the eldest von Trapp child Liesl, slammed Carrie in Vanity Fair, saying, "She is not a very good actress." Kym Karath, who portrayed the youngest Gretl, added, "They're trying to merge the movie and the musical and it doesn't really make sense."
Despite the controversy, the show was a huge ratings win for NBC. Last night, 18.5 million viewers tuned in, helping NBC snag its best ratings in the key 18-49 demographic since the ER finale in 2009.