Broadway legend calls Lady Gaga’s Oscar performance a ‘travesty’

Gaga performed a 'Sound Of Music' tribute at the awards ceremony last month

Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim has slated Lady Gaga‘s appearance at the 2015 Oscars, calling the performance a “travesty”.

Gaga performed a medley of songs from The Sound Of Music at the Oscars last month (February 22).

The performance coincided with the 50th anniversary of the musical, first released in 1965. During her performance, Gaga performed four songs from the film including ‘The Sound Of Music’, ‘My Favourite Things’, ‘Edelweiss’ and ‘Climb Ev’ry Mountain’.

Backed by a choir and a string section, the performance was introduced by Scarlett Johansson and watched by Julie Andrews, who starred in the original film as Maria Von Trapp.

Despite garnering praise from Andrews herself, Sondheim described the performance as “ridiculous” and a “travesty”.

Sondheim told The Times: “She had no relationship to what she was singing.”

Meanwhile, Julie Andrews has revealed that Gaga phoned her before the tribute.

Andrews told People: “Gaga phoned me 10 days before the ceremony and said ‘I just want to talk to you and make sure I don’t offend you; that what I’m doing is OK with you.’ It was very generous of her.”

Andrews added that she was worried about Gaga being able to reach the high notes in the musical’s songs. She said: “Gaga said she had been working so hard on singing everything in my keys. I said ‘Why? They’re high, even for me.’ Gaga replied ‘I wanted to honour you, so I’m doing them in your keys.’ That seemed like going one step beyond any place she needed to go.’”