Underwood, in a shot with costar Laura Benanti, has said she gets "hate Tweets" for taking on Julie Andrews's original role

By People Staff
December 04, 2013 04:00 PM
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Whether viewers like it or not, Carrie Underwood is playing Maria von Trapp in the live TV version of The Sound of Music – and there are new rehearsal photos to prove it.

Underwood, 30, is pictured in a scene opposite Laura Benanti, who plays Elsa Schrader.

Taking on the role that originated with Julie Andrews hasn’t sat well with some fans of the 1965 film.

Stephen Moyer as Captain Von Trapp, Ella Gorman-Watts as Louisa, Grace Rundhaug as Marta, Ariane Rinehart as Liesl, Peyton Ella as Gretl, Sohpia Ann Caruso as Brigitta
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“I get hate Tweets and stuff like, ‘You’re not Julie Andrews!’ ” the former American Idol winner recently said. “I know I’m not Julie. Nobody is and I would never pretend that I was I know my place.”

NBC stands by their decision to cast the country starlet.

“Speaking for everyone at NBC, we couldn’t be happier to have the gifted Carrie Underwood take up the mantle of the great Maria von Trapp,” said Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, which plans to air the three-hour show (based on the original Broadway version) Dec. 5. “She was an iconic woman who will now be played by an iconic artist.”

Laura Bernanti as Elsa Schraeder, Christian Borle as Max Detweiler, Stephen Moyer as Captain Von Trapp
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