The country singer has taken to Twitter to respond to the criticisms for her role in the “Sound of Music Live!” on NBC Dec. 5.
“Plain and simple: Mean people need Jesus,” she tweeted on Friday, Dec. 6, a day after the show was broadcast. “They will be in my prayers tonight… 1 Peter 2:1-25.”
Right after her performance on Thursday, the country star tweeted, “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!!!”
Among the bad reviews she received were those of Kym Karath, who gave life to Gretl Von Trapp in the 1965 musical.
“Love Carrie Underwood but this role is just not right for her,” Karath also tweeted. “She is lovely her voice is beautiful but acting is wrong.”
She later added, “To be clear I love Carrie Underwood. Just not as Maria. She was brave to take it on. And this doesn’t lessen my respect for her talent.”
Fortunately for Carrie, the legendary Julie Andrews gave her blessing for the role.
“Fifty years later, it’s time somebody had another crack at it,” Andrews, 78, told Zap2It earlier this year. “I had the best time of my life doing it, and it did wonderful things for me.”
“I think it’s great that it’s being done again, but doing it live must be so daunting. I do hope it works for Carrie, because she’s lovely and I’m a fan. I wish her well.”
Whatever the critics, The Sound of Music Live! Special was a huge ratings success, with more than 18 million viewers watching the production that aired on NBC on December 5.