Carrie Underwood looks ready to yodel her way into the hearts of music theater lovers in this first-look image released today of the fresh-faced Checotah native decked out for “The Sound of Music.”
As previously reported, the country music superstar will star as cheerful singing governess Maria Von Trapp in NBC’s live televised production of “The Sound of Music, set to air Dec. 5. Today’s first-look image was released via Underwood’s official Twitter account, www.Twitter.com/carrieunderwood.
The musical is set in Austria on the verge of World War II, and follows the unlikely love that develops between the stern World War I hero Capt. Georg Von Trapp (“True Blood’s” Stephen Moyer) and the buoyant governess, Maria (Underwood), the single father hires to care for his seven children.
The three-hour NBC production is based on the original 1959 Broadway production of “The Sound of Music,” which starred Mary Martin and Theodore Bikel. The play won the Tony Award as best musical, with Martin winning as best actress. But the story is best remembered for the 1965 film adaptation starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, which won five Academy Awards, including best picture.
The music and lyrics for “The Sound of Music” were written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, respectively.
In a recent interview with the Associated Press, Underwood said she is nervous about starring in the live televised production:
“I figure if I at least have the lines memorized by the time I get there we can slowly concentrate on delivering them. I definitely think I am going to be surrounded by some really amazing people, so I know they’ll be able to help me with that. On the flip side, I will be surrounded by people who might not be used to singing as much. Maybe I can return the favor and help them. But it will be good. I feel like I am a hard worker and we’re going to go in and we’re going to do it so many times by THE night, it’s going to feel like another rehearsal.”
The six-time Grammy winner revealed the one part she isn’t worried about is yodeling through the song “The Lonely Goatherd”:
“I actually have some yodeling experience. I can yodel. I don’t think you can necessarily learn it. I can just do it. I didn’t have to learn it. I am one of the blessed few.”