How do you solve a problem like casting the role of Maria von Trapp in your live televised version of The Sound of Music? If you’re NBC, you ink a deal with American Idol Season 4 champ-turned-country music megastar Carrie Underwood.
Indeed, the “Before He Cheats” singer and five-time Grammy winner will headline the latest take on the Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway musical that will be produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (Smash, Chicago).
The production is slated to air during the 2013 holiday season.
“We’re thrilled to be presenting the Broadway version of The Sound of Music live,” said Zadan and Meron, in a release. “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.”
The Sound of Music, set in pre-World War II Austria, is based on the true story of Maria von Trapp, an aspiring nun who takes a job as governess for the seven children of widower Captain von Trapp. The duo begins to fall in love with each other against the backdrop of the rise of Nazi Germany.
The Broadway version of The Sound of Music premiered in 1959, winning the Tony Award for Best Musical. The 1965 big-screen version won the Best Picture Oscar.Follow @MichaelSlezakTV