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    Carrie Underwood to Star as Maria Von Trapp in NBC's 'The Sound of Music'

    Carrie Underwood to Star as Maria Von Trapp in NBC's Live Broadcast of 'The Sound of Music'

    Written By Sara Bibel
    November 30th, 2012



    via press release:

    GRAMMY-WINNING SUPERSTAR CARRIE UNDERWOOD TO STAR AS MARIA VON TRAPP IN NBC’S LIVE BROADCAST OF ‘THE SOUND OF MUSIC,’ BASED ON THE ORIGINAL MUSICAL


    UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – November 30, 2012 – Five-time Grammy winner Carrie Underwood will star in the coveted role of Maria von Trapp in NBC’s live broadcast of “The Sound of Music,” based on the original Broadway musical, it was announced today by Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. The live telecast of “The Sound of Music” will be a three-hour event on a date to be announced near the holidays in 2013.

    NBC is partnering with the acclaimed "Smash" producing team of Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (film versions of the Oscar-winning "Chicago" and "Hairspray") for “The Sound of Music.” The pair also is producing the upcoming “85th Annual Academy Awards.”

    “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,” said Greenblatt. “She was an iconic woman who will now be played by an iconic artist.”

    "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."

    "To have a star like Carrie Underwood perform Maria in ‘The Sound of Music’ – and in such a very special and unique production -- is exciting beyond words,” said 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. It premiered on Broadway in 1959, where it broke box-office records and won the Tony Award for Best Musical. The 1965 film version won the Best Picture Oscar. Today it is an evergreen classic -- as popular in opera houses and outdoor amphitheaters as it is in high school auditoriums. "The Sound of Music" features a libretto by Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse and a score by Richard Rodgers (music) and Oscar Hammerstein II (lyrics) that includes "My Favorite Things," "Do-Re-Mi," "Edelweiss," and "So Long, Farewell."

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    Link to article: Carrie Underwood to Star as Maria Von Trapp in NBC’s Live Broadcast of ‘The Sound of Music’ - Ratings | TVbytheNumbers

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    Carrie to star as Maria von Trapp in NBC The Sound of Music!

    Just seen this on Twitter

    "Carrie Underwood to star as Maria von Trapp in NBC's live three-hour broadcast of The Sound of Music. No air date yet."

    https://twitter.com/marcmalkin

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    Whoa! Is this the special project that she's been talking about?

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    Saw that also. I posted an article on this in the Carrie Underwood Times section.

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    Wow I don't think anyone guess this. Some speculated about Sound of Music but live on TV is a total surprise.

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    Omg, I think I just died of excitement O____o


    I can't wait for this! But I'm also a little scared because of the stupid haters... (I'm so sorry I brought this up!)

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    THIS:

    “She was an iconic woman who will now be played by an iconic artist.”

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    Wow! So her project was associated with The Sound of Music! Yay! Well this should take less time than an actual broadway play. I just didn't see her doing an actual broadway play because that is so time consuming.
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    The Broadway version as well. I loved it when I saw it in NY

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    OMG!!!!!!
    I have to pick my jaw up off the floor and take a minute to really let this sink in.
    I am Freaking OUt Right Now!!!!

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    Looks like we have our special project. It is a broadway musical but a one time thing on TV. It isn't until next year though.

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    This just in from People Magazine: Carrie Underwood to Star in Sound of Music on TV as Maria von Trapp : People.com.

    This is going to be EPIC!

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    I would have been nervous about this 5 years ago. But Carrie has allowed herself to grow into such an expressive emotional artist that I think she will have the perfect amount of spontinaity and underlying strenghth to pull this off.
    Can I be the first to say: I am shocked she said yes to this.
    But am so happy she did!!
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    This just in from People Magazine: Carrie Underwood to Star in Sound of Music on TV as Maria von Trapp : People.com.

    I love this idea! Carrie will be magnificent!

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    Quote Originally Posted by diva101 View Post
    Omg, I think I just died of excitement O____o


    I can't wait for this! But I'm also a little scared because of the stupid haters... (I'm so sorry I brought this up!)
    The haters will hate no matter what.
    But the expossure to the bigger entertainment industry is just huge for this.
    She is going to be talked about EVERyshere.
    EMMY!!
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    Oh my god! It's going to be LIVE? :O WOWOW!

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    OMG! This is going to be awesome!!!

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    My head is literally spinning right now.
    The many comparisons to J.Andrews!!! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh..........
    Maybe even a few nice comments from Julie herself!
    Definate Emmy buzz.
    "AND A SOULDTRACK CD"

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    Oh Carrie!!! What a wonderful honor! What a joyful day here in Carrie Land!


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