In the annals of television Twitter history, “The Sound of Music Live” will likely best “Sharknado” for insta-reaction.
Viewers loved it, hated it, thought actress Julie Andrews would roll over in her grave early over it, and generally let it all out on Twitter.
“The Day the (Sound of) Music Died,” read one tweet.
“I’ve never watched the movie, but I enjoyed #TheSoundofMusicLive and thought @carrieunderwood was good for a newer actress,” read another.
For those also not aware of the movie, here’s a quick history recap:
“The Sound of Music” is a 1959 Broadway musical based on the true story of the von Trapp family, who left Austria as it was coming under German regime.
“The Sound of Music” was also a 1965 film musical, starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer a leads Maria and Capt. Georg von Trapp. The movie helped popularize songs such as “Do, Re, Mi” and “My Favorite Things.”
“The Sound of Music Live” is an NBC special that aired Dec. 5, 2013, starring country pop star Carrie Underwood and British actor Stephen Moyer as Maria and Georg. The show was broadcast live and is based on the original Broadway musical.
So you can imagine the conflict of emotions for viewers who loved the movie and couldn’t help but compare Carrie to the incomparable Julie; or the hurt Carrie fans felt when their American idol was ripped apart, such as in this tweet: “How do you solve a problem like a miscast Maria?”
Or, you can be DiGiorno Pizza and use the whole silly thing to your marketing advantage (see below).
Speaking of marketing, Wal-Mart also took advantage of the wholesome broadcast to feature the Brooks family of 14 from Gardner, Kan., in five family-friendly commercial spots.
Without any further ado, here are some of the best tweets of the night.