As announced back in November, NBC announced that Checotah native Carrie Underwood will take on the legendary role of Maria Von Trapp in a live television broadcast of “The Sound of Music.”
Based on the beloved original Broadway musical, the three-hour live telecast will air around the 2013 holiday season on NBC.
“It’s a giant challenge, which I appreciate,” Underwood recently told People. “Everybody keeps saying, ‘People don’t do this anymore, singing live!’”
Of course, the best-known adaptation of “The Sound of Music” is the 1965 blockbuster movie-musical that won five Oscars. It also earned a best actress nomination for British star Julie Andrews, whom Underwood said “just has this royal air.”
“It would be like you’re beneath her!” she told People, adding “I think once people tune in and realize that [our version] is not a remake, they won’t compare it to the movie.”
Earlier this year, Andrews told the Wall Street Journal she wasn’t planning to be part of the new live production of “The Sound of Music” – nor does she mind that another performance is in the works.
“No, I don’t think I will,” Andrews said. “Listen—how long ago was it out? 50 something years ago? … So, 48 years, probably time that a remake is allowed. Why not? ‘Cinderella’ has been done, ‘Mary Poppins’ has been put on stage in the theater. It’s all part of the process of those wonderful properties going out and reaching another audience. No, I won’t be in it, but I do endorse everything. I mean why not?”
Andrews also said she doesn’t know Underwood, but hopes that will change.
“No, I don’t know her, and I would love to know her,” Andrews said. “And maybe I will.”
As you can see in this video, Underwood clearly has the pipes to make the hills come alive with “The Sound of Music.” We’ll see how the rest of it comes together as Christmastime gets closer.