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American Idol winner Carrie Underwood will play Maria Von Trapp in the NBC live broadcast of The Sound of Music.

Produced by Smash‘s Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, the 3-hour stage production will air during the 2013 holiday season, NBC announced Friday.

“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 NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt in a statement. “She was an iconic woman who will now be played by an iconic artist.”

Maria’s character was made famous by Julie Andrews in the 1965 film, which won 5 Academy Awards and starred Christopher Plummer in the role of Captain Von Trapp. It was an adaptation of the 1959 Broadway musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein which was based on Maria Von Trapp’s memoir, The Story of the Trapp Family Singers.

Set in Austria during the onset of World War II, the story follows an Austrian nun who becomes governess to Captain Von Trapp’s seven talented children and falls in love with the surly widower.

Underwood, who won Idol in 2005, has since earned several Grammys, American Music Awards and Country Music Awards. She performed the opening song from The Sound of Music during the Movies Rock special in 2007.

What do you think of this casting? Who should play Captain Von Trapp?

  • antonia31


    most bizarre casting. Sure, let’s cast a country singer as the soprano ingenue.

    Her “Hello Young Lovers” on Idol was so far from Rodgers and Hammerstein it was laughable. Don’t get me wrong, I think she’s talented, but casting her as Maria seems to be just stunt casting.

  • theaterboy1

    I love this casting!! I believe she has the talent to take Maria to whole new levels! Can’t wait to see her in the role!

  • http://hypable.com John Thrasher

    Hugh Jackman as Captain Von Trapp!

    P.S. I played Admiral Von Schreiber, leader of the third Reich in high school!

  • http://twitter.com/BilliamAnderson Bill Anderson

    this can either be brillant… or sheer madness.

    • http://twitter.com/NatashaPeartree Natasha Pereira

      it will be sheer, sheer madness

  • hi

    This makes me so sad. I love Carrie Underwood, but she’s not a soprano and it’s so wrong. It actually offends me which is so weird.

  • B

    i love carrie, but no…just no.

  • Christina

    I think anyone will be a disappointment for this part when compared to Julie Andrews.

  • Xenialartz

    Her voice is charming for anything pop/country, but it lacks the shimmer and technicality of Julie Andrews. She just belts her top range which makes her sound like a highschool student in this style. Mandy Moore might have been a better choice. Hugh Jackman sounds like a perfect choice for the Captain!

    • Cometstar

      Mandy Moore doesn’t cross my mind but now that you mention it I think she would have been a better choice too. At least she has more acting experience and looks-wise seems more Maria than Carrie.

  • Elphaba Thropp

    Hmm…as skeptical as I am (especially that weird ending part), I’m willing to give her a chance :)

  • http://twitter.com/taylie27 Taylore Thompson

    This is the first I’ve heard of NBC producing a live show of the Sound of Music! I’m very excited to see it though I do hope Carrie sings this song with a bit more broadwayish style during the performance

  • Ande Anderson

    Nope, I don’t like it. I was skeptical, then I watched the video and I knew it wasn’t a good choice. Her voice is too modern for The Sound of Music. I didn’t like it at all.

  • badgerinthetardis

    NoooOOOO! Just NOOOOO! I like Carrie Underwood… but… just No! Sound of Music is one of my favorite shows of all time and I really don’t think that she’ll be able to play Maria…. They should totally get Julie Andrews to come in and reprise the role!

  • VideoKilledSeverusSnape

    Nooooooo. Not at all. Please.

  • http://twitter.com/NatashaPeartree Natasha Pereira

    wtf is wrong with the world. i love carrie underwood, she is so talented. but, she’s not a soprano. how does this casting make any sense?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1683360003 Paige Barton

    I think I’d rather see Anne Hathaway.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=607519910 Catherine Lai

    Eww. No.

  • pettus89


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