NBC will be doing a live broadcast of The Sound of Music starring Grammy winner Carrie Underwood as Maria von Trapp. Based on the Broadway musical, this production of The Sound of Music will air as a three hour event next holiday season.
“Speaking for everyone at NBC, we couldn’t be happier to have the gifted Carrie Underwood take up the mantle of the great Maria von Trapp,” stated Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. “She was an iconic woman who will now be played by an iconic artist.”
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, producers of Smash and the upcoming Oscars, are producing the musical. “We’re thrilled to be presenting the Broadway version of The Sound of Music live,” said Zadan and Meron, “and having Carrie Underwood as the star brings it to a new generation who will fall in love with it for the first time as many millions of people already have. It’s a particular joy to us as producers to see this amazing artist stretch into new territory with this classic musical.”
Added Ted Chapin, President, Rodgers & Hammerstein: “Part of the magic of Rodgers and Hammerstein is how their work has adapted itself to so many different incarnations, and I am certain the fresh spirit Underwood brings to her own songs will transition into exciting versions of the classic songs we all know and love.”
The Sound of Music, set in pre-WWII Austria, is based on the romantic true story of Maria von Trapp, an aspiring nun who leaves the abbey to become a governess for the widower Captain von Trapp’s seven children and finds herself falling in love with her employer and questioning her religious calling.
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