The hills are indeed alive this week as six-time Grammy winner Carrie Underwood, who hails from Checotah, prepares for her much-anticipated performance as Maria in NBC’s three-hour television production, “The Sound of Music Live!,” based on the original musical.
As previously reported, Sony Masterworks released Tuesday the companion soundtrack, “The Sound of Music — Music from the NBC Television Event,” featuring studio recordings for all of the musical numbers performed by the cast in the live broadcast, including such Rodgers & Hammerstein favorites as “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” and the classic title track.
Also starring TV and theater star Stephen Moyer and Tony Award winners Audra McDonald, Christian Borle and Laura Benanti, “The Sound of Music Live!” will air from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday on NBC, and will be released on DVD on Dec. 17.
In addition to Tuesday’s soundtrack release, fans will have a chance to whet their appetites for the live event Thursday morning, when NBC’s “Today” airs Natalie Morales’ exclusive interview with Underwood, together with a look behind the scenes on the set of “The Sound of Music Live!” with Moyer.
Also in the spirit of the season and one of the show’s most famous songs, “My Favorite Things,” Underwood and her fans are gathering online to share some of their own favorite things. Continuing through the last Friday of December, fans can post photos or videos on Instagram using the hashtag #FavoriteThingsFridays, and selected posts each week will be featured on Facebook.com/CarrieUnderwood. For complete details, and to view the submissions – including Underwood’s postings of her own favorite things – visit www.FavoriteThingsFridays.com.
Underwood’s “favorite things” are now in the spotlight on Gilt City, which highlights experiences inspired by the Oklahoma native in 11 major cities. To see the spotlight, click here. Also, there’s a Gilt StyleFile interview that you can read here.
Since releasing her debut album in 2005, Underwood has sold more than 15 million albums and charted 18 No. 1 singles, nine of which she co-wrote. Her current album, “Blown Away,” made history by debuting at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart, making her only the second country artist in the 47-year history of the chart to have each of their first four albums debut at No. 1. The now-platinum-selling “Blown Away” album also debuted at No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart, making Underwood only the second country artist in history to have three consecutive albums debut at No. 1. She is a two-time Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year, a three-time Country Music Association and ACM Female Vocalist winner, and a proud member of the Grand Ole Opry.