Carrie Underwood to Star as Maria von Trapp on TV’s The Sound of Music

Julie Andrews, as Maria von Trapp in 1965’s Best Picture of the Year, The Sound of Music, with Carrie Underwood (inset)

Everett; Inset: Taylor Hill/WireImage

updated 11/30/2012 AT 10:00 AM ET

originally published 11/30/2012 AT 10:55 AM ET

It sounds like mighty big gulp for a relative novice, but Carrie Underwood has been signed to play arguably the most-beloved nanny in the history of entertainment – in the most beloved musical of all time.

The country-singing fourth season American Idol winner, 29, will play Maria von Trapp in next year’s live TV broadcast of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music, it was 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 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.


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