Carrie Underwood is set to transform in to Maria von Trapp for a special live TV broadcast of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music. Maria was originally played by Mary Martin on Broadway. Julie Andrews then took over the role for the 1965 film.
The 3 hour special will air next year on NBC. The network’s entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt released a statement saying everyone at NBC “couldn’t be happier to have the gifted Carrie Underwood take up the mantle of the great Maria von Trapp.”She (Maria) was an iconic woman who will now be played by an iconic artist,” he added.
NBC has not revealed who will take over the role of Capt. von Trapp. Christopher Plummer played the captain in the Oscar winning film. The Sound of Music telecast will be produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.
Underwood, 29, has dominated the country music industry since winning the fourth season of American Idol in 2005. She made her acting debut on the hit sitcom How I Met Your Mother in 2010. Underwood starred in the film Soul Surfer the following year.