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Julie Andrews Gives Carrie Underwood Her Blessing for New Sound of Music

Actress Julie Andrews speaks to media at a press conference ahead of her national tour of "An Evening with Julie Andrews" on May 16, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.

Carrie Underwood and Stephen Moyer are starring in a live production of The Sound of Music on NBC on December 22. Not everyone thinks that is a great idea, for a number of reasons. But perhaps the most important Sound of Music arbiter has weighed in, and she votes yea. "Fifty years later, it's time somebody had another crack at it," Julie Andrews tells Zap2It. "I think it's great that it's being done again, but doing it live must be so daunting for Carrie." Aw, how gracious. "They're doing the Broadway show — that's what they have the rights to — and I don't know whether it will resonate similarly," Andrews says. "In the movie, we cut some things from the stage version and added some songs." (For example, "Something Good" was written just for the movie and wasn't in the original staging, though it is now sometimes included in revivals.) "I do hope it works for Carrie, because she's lovely and I'm a fan. I wish her well." That's how it's done, Angela Lansbury.

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