The star of the quintessential movie verson of “The Sound of Music” offered her comments on the 2013 NBC remake. Time magazine reports that Julie Andrews, who played Maria in the Oscar-winning 1965 film, was upbeat about the story’s longevity and the high-profile NBC production “The Sound of Music Live!”
“I caught a little bit of it,” Andrews said. “I didn’t see it originally but then they repeated it, and I did see some of that, and it was fine!”
The actress, who was nominated for an Academy Award for her lead performance in the movie, added: “Everybody thinks that I would be uptight about it, but after 50 years everybody sings it all over the country anyway, high school productions and God knows what. Everyone should have a crack at it. Because it’s good!”
Asked who should be cast in other signature Julie Andrews roles, such as “Camelot” or “My Fair Lady,” Andrews was noncommital: “I’m sure there’s a lot of very, very good young Broadway people that would be phenomenal. Broadway has an enormous pool of talent, and they’re just not writing as many musicals. They’re writing more than they used to, but there’s still not enough for my money.”
A special on the 1965 movie, “The Untold Story of the Sound of Music,” is set to air Wednesday, March 18, on ABC. The “20/20” program will include an interview with Andrews by Diane Sawyer.