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The Glory and the Curse


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If you visited the Twitterverse on Thursday night or read any of the papers on Friday morning, you might have heard about the horrible crime committed on live national television - evidently some young lady from Muskogee, Oklahoma murdered an elderly, beloved English woman, beheaded her, sat on the body and ate her heart and liver. At least that's the emotional reaction to Carrie Underwood taking on the role of Maria in The Sound of Music.


Lost in all the fetishization of Dame Julie Elizabeth Andrews, DBE, as "the one and only" is the memory of the woman who actually originated the role in Rodgers and Hammerstein's last musical, Mary Martin.


Martin, who was three weeks short of her 46th birthday when she introduced the role of Maria von Trapp on Broadway, Scissors-32x32.png





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