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Christopher Plummer Gives Thumbs Up To Stephen Moyer Casting
Christopher Plummer gives a bemused thumbs-up to the latest choice of Stephen Moyer to succeed him in ”The Sound of Music.”
Christopher Plummer who is an Oscar winner starred in the tuneful, widely loved 1965 movie as Captain Von Trapp, patriarch of a singing family. The role will be assumed by ”True Blood” regular Stephen Moyer when NBC stages a live production of the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic Thursday, Dec. 5, also with Carrie Underwood in Julie Andrews’ former screen part as nun-in-training turned governess Maria.
“It was very close to the vampire life, I thought,” Plummer chuckles of the musical.
“All I can say to them is, ‘Good bloody luck!’ I mean, they’re going to have quite a time trying to top Julie. She was so marvelous in it … but they could easily top me. If you see my performance in it in Europe, and it’s dubbed into the language of whatever country it is, it’s so much better.“
Plummer says his jaw still drops over ‘the amazing success” the Robert Wise-directed film has had over nearly 50 years “I’m very grateful for it, I just wish it had been in a role that I felt was a bit meatier. I mustn’t keep knocking it, and I don’t, really. I do respect it, and as a family film, it’s never been bettered.”
I have no doubt Stephen will be marvelous in this role. Carrie has an impressive voice and I trust Stephen to help bring out the best of her acting abilities.
A film musical is a completely different animal than a stage musical. Stephen has proven himself recently as a man who can sing, dance, act, and be at home on the stage. Although Ms. Underwood's acting ability may be an unknown quantity, her voice is outstanding, and she is very appealing. I think this stage production will be lovely.
Let's be honest, this isn't Shakespeare.
I think Stephen will do just fine ... more than just fine. I got a kick out of Christopher Plummer's "bemused thumbs up." Carrie Underwood will have a tough time coming up to Julie Andrews' level. She was amazing as Maria.