The Hills are alive again, this time Season four “American Idol” winner Carrie Underwood will play the iconic role of Maria von Trapp, in the live TV broadcast of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music.” NBC announced on 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 Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, which plans to air the three-hour show (based on the original Broadway version) sometime around the holiday season a year from now.
This is one of the most beloved roles in film history, and Underwood is daunted by the task, but this should be a very fascinating casting coup for her. “She was an iconic woman who will now be played by an iconic artist,” Greenblatt said in a statement, referring to von Trapp – who was first immortalized on Broadway in 1960 by Mary Martin, then in the Oscar-winning 1965 Best Picture of the Year by Julie Andrews.
No word yet on other roles, but we’ll keep you posted.
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