The live three-hour television presentation of The Sound of Music, starring Idol and Grammy winner Carrie Underwood as Maria, will premiere on NBC on December 5, according to Deadline.com. The musical staging will be produced by Smash's Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. No further casting or director has been announced.
Set in pre-WWII Austria, The Sound of Music is based on the romantic true story of Maria von Trapp, an aspiring nun who leaves her abbey to become a governess for the widower Captain von Trapp's seven children. Maria soon finds herself falling in love with her employer and questioning her religious calling. The musical premiered on Broadway in 1959, where it broke box-office records and won the Tony Award for Best Musical. The 1965 film version won the Oscar for Best Picture. The Sound of Music features music and lyrics by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein and a book by Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse.
Check out the video below to hear Underwood nail the musical's tile song live in performance.