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Carrie Underwood to Star in Live Broadcast of ‘The Sound of Music’

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Next Christmas season, Carrie Underwood will bring us the gift of music. The ‘Blown Away’ superstar will play the role of Maria von Trapp in a live broadcast of the famous Rodgers and Hammerstein musical ‘The Sound of Music.’ The singer takes on a role made famous first by Mary Martin on Broadway, then by Julie Andrews in the 1965 Oscar-winning movie of the same name.

Iconic songs from the musical include the title track, plus ‘My Favorite Things,’ ‘Edelweiss,’ ‘Do-Re-Mi’ and ‘Maria.’ “How do you solve a problem like Maria / How do you catch a cloud and pin it down / How do you find a word that means Maria / A flibbertijibbet! A will-o’-the wisp! A clown,” the nuns famously sing about the leading lady during ‘Maria.’

Maria is a nun who leaves the convent to become a governess to Captain Georg von Trapp’s children. At the time, pre-World War II Austria (where the story is set) is being annexed into Nazi Germany. Maria falls for the handsome widow and questions her religious calling. As a proud Christian, a talented singer, and a self-described wildflower Underwood seems like a perfect choice to fill the part.

The producers of ‘Smash’ are working with NBC to turn the production into a live television event, which will be scheduled for sometime during the 2013 holiday season. Underwood’s previous acting credits include a role on the CBS series ‘How I Met Your Mother’ and the role of Bethany Hamilton’s church leader in the movie ‘Soul Surfer.’ No other casting decisions have been announced.

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