Carrie Underwood To Play Maria Von Trapp In 2013 NBC Live Presentation Of “The Sound Of Music” Musical

Wow. Carrie Underwood has been alluding to a special project in 2013 that was outside her “comfort zone.” It’s been revealed, and she wasn’t kidding. Check out the press release.

Five-time Grammy winner Carrie Underwood will star in the coveted role of Maria von Trapp in NBC’s live broadcast of “The Sound of Music,” based on the original Broadway musical, it was announced today by Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. The live telecast of “The Sound of Music” will be a three-hour event on a date to be announced near the holidays in 2013.

NBC is partnering with the acclaimed “Smash” producing team of Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (film versions of the Oscar-winning “Chicago” and “Hairspray”) for “The Sound of Music.” The pair is also producing the upcoming “85th Annual Academy Awards.”

“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 Greenblatt. “She was an iconic woman who will now be played by an iconic artist.”

“We’re thrilled to be presenting the Broadway version of ‘The Sound of Music’ live,” said Zadan and Meron, “and having Carrie Underwood as the star brings it to a new generation who will fall in love with it for the first time as many millions of people already have. It’s a particular joy to us as producers to see this amazing artist stretch into new territory with this classic musical.”

“To have a star like Carrie Underwood perform Maria in ‘The Sound of Music’ – and in such a very special and unique production — is exciting beyond words,” said Ted Chapin, President, Rodgers & Hammerstein. “Part of the magic of Rodgers and Hammerstein is how their work has adapted itself to so many different incarnations, and I am certain the fresh spirit Underwood brings to her own songs will transition into exciting versions of the classic songs we all know and love.”

“The Sound of Music,” set in pre-WWII Austria, is based on the romantic true story of Maria von Trapp, an aspiring nun who leaves the abbey to become a governess for the widower Captain von Trapp’s seven children and finds herself falling in love with her employer and questioning her religious calling. It 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 Best Picture Oscar. Today it is an evergreen classic — as popular in opera houses and outdoor amphitheaters as it is in high school auditoriums. “The Sound of Music” features a libretto by Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse and a score by Richard Rodgers (music) and Oscar Hammerstein II (lyrics) that includes “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Edelweiss,” and “So Long, Farewell.”

With more than 15 million albums sold worldwide, 16 #1 singles (seven of which were co-written by Underwood) and five Grammys, Underwood is fueled by a restless creative spirit as she released her most ambitious project yet in her current platinum-selling album “Blown Away.”

She’s won a vast array of awards, including three female vocalist awards from both the Country Music Association (CMA) and the Academy of Country Music (ACM). In 2010, when Underwood garnered her second win as ACM Entertainer of the Year, she became the first female artist in history to win the award twice. Underwood also received the ACM Triple Crown Award, thanks to her past wins for the categories of Entertainer of the Year, Top Female Vocalist and Top New Female Vocalist. Underwood also has won seven American Music Awards, six People’s Choice Awards, nine CMT Music Awards, nine American Country Awards, and is a member of the Grand Ole Opry. She earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song for “There’s a Place for Us” from “Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” which she both recorded and co-wrote. She became America’s sweetheart in 2005 when she won the fourth season of “American Idol,” a vehicle that transformed her from a shy Oklahoma girl with a great voice to a budding superstar.

Underwood’s 2005 debut, “Some Hearts,” topped Billboard’s Country Albums chart for 27 weeks, has sold over seven million copies, and was voted #1 Country Album of the Decade by Billboard. Her 2007 sophomore album, “Carnival Ride,” 2009’s “Play On,” and her current album, “Blown Away,” debuted atop the all-genre Billboard 200 chart. Over the course of four albums, she’s saturated country radio with such #1 hits as “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” “Before He Cheats,” “So Small,” “Last Name,” “Cowboy Casanova,” “Good Girl” and “Blown Away.” Underwood is currently headlining “The Blown Away Tour,” performing internationally and in arenas across the U.S. and Canada well into 2013. She was the top-selling country female touring artist of 2008 and 2010, as her headline arena tours have played over 100 shows and to over one million fans each year.

Underwood expanded her resume making her film-acting debut in the 2011 feature “Soul Surfer,” following a guest TV role on “How I Met Your Mother.” She starred in her own holiday variety TV special in 2009, and has co-hosted the CMA Awards for the past five years.

Underwood is managed by XIX Entertainment and repped by CAA.

Via press release

This won’t be the first time Carrie takes on the beloved Sound of Music catalog. Carrie performed “The Sound of Music” for the ‘Movies Rock’ event back in 2007.

This earlier announcement about the NBC presentation emphasized this will be based on the stage musical, not the movie, which means it may include songs in the musical that weren’t in the movie.

Carrie’s Blown Away tour has a 2nd leg that runs through May 2013 (including some UK dates to be announced Monday). She has also scheduled some summer 2013 North American festival dates and will no doubt be invited back to cohost the 2013 CMA Awards in early November with Brad Paisley. But, it looks like she’ll be able to devote most of the summer and fall to prepping for this huge undertaking. No doubt there’ll be some questioning of whether she’ll be able to gain acceptance in a role made iconic by Julie Andrews and Mary Martin, so good luck and go get em, Carrie!

  • sporkle

    Wow, what an amazing opportunity! It’s great that Carrie is always challenging herself. I agree it’s difficult to undertake such an iconic role (and there will be no shortage of critics I’m sure) but she is such a positive and hard-working person, I really hope she will be successful in this endeavor. One thing is for sure – her vocals will be spot on. Looking forward to following this – thanks MJ! 

  • julesb2183

    as a Carrie fan and a musical theater geek, I am excited for this! I will definitely be watching. Will this be the actual play or a readers theater version, like they did with South Pacific when Reba was in it?

  • http://twitter.com/happylittlefish Amy Beth

    Hugh Jackman as Captain von Trapp?

  • breakdown

    No doubt Carrie can handle the vocals, but the acting part, I dunno. She has a year to work on it though.

  • http://twitter.com/BamadansPad Danny Latham

    Epic doesn’t even begin to describe this!! Carrie is going to be Awesome!!! It will be interesting to see who is casted as the Captain and the children. Will they go with Broadway vets or pop stars? 

  • Anny_nanny

    Not tag “American Idol”.

    Carrie’s great!

  • durbesque

    Gorgeous voice, but she sings dead-pan.  My guess is that they will surround her with actors who will carry the scenes, as they do with Kat in ‘Smash’.

  • bridgette12

    I laughed when I saw this, because I thought it was a joke. Carrie can sing, but she can’t act. 

  • jlscott13

    THIS IS AWESOME. :)

  • heartly

    Wow!  This is a huge thing all the way around, not just for Carrie.  Good luck to everyone involved!

  • jobeob987

    I love this iconic movie and I love Carrie, but together?  I’m not so sure.  I am sure, however, that Carrie’s vocals will be perfection.  SOM was gorgeous!

  • http://twitter.com/Miztig Miz

    THis is a huge project for Carrie and I’m rooting for her to do well. There are definitely going to be critics of her taking on this iconic role. I wonder if she will take dialect lessons for the speaking parts. 

  • http://twitter.com/bluinjewin Landon Cox

    Farmbot? Gurllll

    If Michael Fassbender can sing he’d be a perfect Captain Von Trapp. He has that steely German daddy thing in the bag.

  • steph6449

    Seems like quite a challenge Carrie is taking on. Not sure if it plays to her strengths but it will be interesting to see how it turns out, and who they will have appearing with her.

    She sounds good in the older video above, better IMO than in some of her recent live tv performances probably. But I don’t get much sense of emotion from it, which the best musical theater performers can do combining acting very integrally with their song delivery.

  • jlscott13

    But that was in a concert setting…which is very different from a theatrical performance.

  • curly_yenta

    Why would I watch a remake of The Sound of Music with a still wet behind the ears wanna-be actress and country singer when I could watch the original classic with iconic Julie Andrews, who had one of the most beautiful voices of the 20th century? You can’t improve perfection, and that is what the 1965 film was. 

    Bad move.

  • jlscott13

    Actually, there’s no such thing as a remake of a play. It’s called a revival…and you can’t even really call this a revival as it’s just one performance.

    And no matter who was cast in the role, they wouldn’t be able to be Julie Andrews. Why not open your mind a little? Geez.

  • jlscott13

    Actually, there’s no such thing as a remake of a play. It’s called a revival…and you can’t even really call this a revival as it’s just one performance.

    And no matter who was cast in the role, they wouldn’t be able to be Julie Andrews. Why not open your mind a little? Geez.

  • bridgette12

    I have no problem with them wanting to remake The Sound of Music as long as they respect the original and get actors who can give some believable performances. Considering the number of great actress/singers already on Broadway, why would they pick some like Carrie who has never been Miss Personality when it comes to performances. Do they think a few months of rehearsal will give Carrie something she has never had, which is a interesting personality. Them selecting Carrie for this is about as ridiculous as when Taylor Swift was up for a staring role in Les Mes.

  • FinalFantasy13

    don’t know why people hate on carrie so much here.. She is pretty, talented and successful (maybe that’s why)..

    I love that she always tries new things and takes advantages of every opportunity she is given.. The other idols should take notes..

    good luck to her on this.

  • standtotheright

    Them selecting Carrie for this is about as ridiculous as when Taylor Swift was up for a staring role in Les Mes.

    Since Les Miz actually had all its actors sing their parts live, and that is universally considered something other than TSwift’s forte, I would say the Les Miz rumor was exponentially more ridiculous.

    I don’t think it’s a particularly good marriage of actor to part, either, because although they are/were nearly the same age at these respective filmings, Underwood just reads as younger and less of an authority figure than Andrews. But I’ll at least give her the benefit of the doubt that she’ll work on that.

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

     

    Actually, there’s no such thing as a remake of a play. It’s called a
    revival…and you can’t even really call this a revival as it’s just one
    performance.

    One performance that they’re recording and can show over and over again.

  • bridgette12

    It’s not hate, it’s one of those WTF were they thinking when they chose Carrie for this. If I was thinking about remaking The Sound of Music, Carrie Underwood wouldn’t even be in the deep recesses of my mind as a possibility  for Maria’s part. This has trainwreck written all over it.

  • usedtobelucy

    ” I love that she always tries new things and takes advantages of every
    opportunity she is given.. The other idols should take notes..”

    I agree that Carrie’s got a good attitude and work ethic and has always tried to make the most of herself and her opportunities.

    I’m not sure what most of the others have to learn, though, since I don’t see a lot of them turning down opportunities. Can you point to some examples of people turning down offers?

    It’s more that they don’t get many opportunities, when they aren’t as well known, seems to me. … And in fact sometime people actually sneer at the small gigs many of the others take — when what they’re doing is … taking advantage of their opportunities. 

    In show business, them that has gets, most of the time. And that’s clearly what’s happening here — picking Carrie and figuring they’ll pick up her very large musical following to watch their show, obviously. That’s great for Carrie, but it isnt’ going to happen in the same way for Allison Iraheta or Brooke White.  JHud’s lucky break, when she was an unknown, was clearly a rare exception.

  • http://www.celebritybug.net/ Amanda (Celebrity Bug)

    I feel bad for some of you people. At least give the girl a chance to mess this up before you throw her under the bus and just automatically assume she will be bad in the role. Vocally, they couldn’t have picked a better artist, because no one and I do mean no one, is as consistently good as Underwood when it comes to singing live.

    As for acting, it can be taught and since her summer at this point is more relaxed than her touring schedule right now, she might have plans to work with an acting coach to help her in that area. The main positive is that unlike most artists and this generic dance stuff that they are releasing now, at least, Underwood is trying to challenge herself. I guess you’re damned if you do and you’re damned if you don’t, at least according to you people.

  • http://www.celebritybug.net/ Amanda (Celebrity Bug)

    Yes, there are some talented Broadway actors, but most of them are universally unknown outside of the Broadway arena and NBC has advertisers to explain their decisions too. Picking a more known star will bring in more ratings than casting someone who isn’t a household name.

    As far as the Taylor Swift remark, Carrie has one thing that Taylor didn’t have that makes her being chosen for this role anything but ridiculous, SINGING TALENT.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PIFEK3GEST2TGA4FGDNGGCDJPE Genuine

     This is an incredibly bad idea. It will be laugh worthy no doubt about it.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PIFEK3GEST2TGA4FGDNGGCDJPE Genuine

     Have other Idols turned down opportunities like this or any opportunity for that matter?

  • chillj

    This could be a very interesting take.  The original bores me, always has. It needs to be updated. Why not?

  • bridgette12

    It’s going to be one of those moments, that you grab your bowl of popcorn and prepare yourself to watch the oncoming trainwreck.  

  • YankeeFan08

    There’s no question Carrie can handle the vocal aspect of the performance, but haven’t we already seen that she doesn’t have any acting ability?  I would hope that acting lessons are high on her list over the coming months.

  • jlscott13

    EW at all the Carrie hate. Get over it.

  • suenigma

    I think Carrie will be fantastic. She has the voice, she has the looks, and she has the smarts to not take on something that she can’t handle. Congrats Carrie.

    Yikes: Just reading back and seeing all the Carrie hate. People REALLY love the Sound of Music, huh? LOL. I sure hope if my Idol ever gets such a great opportunity like (fingers crossed), that people will give him a chance to succeed or fail on his own merits.

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    I just don’t think the role suits her at all. Some really big names in acting have been miscast on numerous occasions, so it’s not a diss solely at Carrie to say so. As I mentioned on the other thread, if they were doing a TV version of the play, South Pacific, I think Carrie might be a good choice for Nellie Forbush. She could kind of just be herself and do some great singing. Maria von Trapp, on the other hand, will take some real convincing.

  • curly_yenta

    Why redo a masterpiece? It can only be subpar – and with an inexperienced actress to add insult to injury.

  • YankeeFan08

    No one is spewing hate.  We’ve seen her “acting” in Soul Surfer … she was terrible.  It’s not to say she can’t improve.  With the right training, she can and hopefully will. 

  • http://twitter.com/Miztig Miz

    Hmm, what former Idols have turned down good opportunities?  I must have missed them.

  • blackberryharvest

    Carrie will do great, she seriously has one of the best live voices of any other singer today and probably the best voice out of any other idol alumni. She deserves this!

  • HermeticallySealed

     I don’t hate Carrie, I just find this to be a miscast. One can actually dislike a casting choice without disliking the person.  Case in point, I love Antonio Banderas, but he was a very bad choice for Armand (Interview With A Vampire). Not because he is a bad actor, but because the character in the books was adolescent in appearance, and had auburn hair, not middle aged with black hair.

    Similarly, I think Carrie is a fine singer, and could play many roles.  I just don’t think Maria is one of those.

  • windmills

    Hey, I’m a Carrie fan and this has me both excited and terrified for her :p 

    Even though this is a revival of the Mary Martin starring-musical not the Julie Andrews-starring movie, Julie Andrews defines this role for many people and there are plenty of people for whom nobody (as in nobody) can possibly measure up. It’s just the way it is, especially before anybody actually sees what Carrie can do. Then you have plenty of people who can only imagine people with theater training and experience in a role like this. Then you have the people who can’t imagine liking a country singer, however talented, singing these songs because there are plenty of people who just can’t stand country music. 

    I get all that (and I’m ignoring the people who dislike Carrie for whatever reason). It’s why this is legitimately a surprising casting choice for people who don’t know what went into the decision. 

    That being said, from following Carrie’s career since Idol I know the girl is a really hard worker and she isn’t the kind of person to rest on her laurels and assume things will go well. She’s made it clear she doesn’t think of herself as a great actress and so I’m sure prepping the role through coaching and classes will be the focus of the 2nd half of her 2013. This isn’t a guest or supporting role she’s dropping into after minimal prep. I think she’ll focus on this like she focuses on her albums when she’s making them and her tours when she’s touring. She’s smart enough to know how much The Sound Of Music means to generations of fans and how huge this opportunity is. As far as the singing, I’m biased but, I loved her version of TSOM from 5 years ago and think it shows she can interpret this style of music really well. 

    I can’t even begin to imagine the pressure Carrie’s going to feel! But from the way she’s been teasing the project before it was revealed this morning, she is really excited about it. I think she has it in her to acquit herself really well so, I hope that’s what happens. 

  • suenigma

    Perhaps, but she was pretty good in How I Met Your Mother. And besides, acting in a movie/TV is a very different animal than theatre acting,not to mention musical theatre.

    For instance, I thought Adam was good to outstanding in all of the videos I’ve seen of his theatre work, but so far I haven’t been likewise impressed with his acting ability in the few filmed skits I’ve seen, or say Pretty Little Liars. But he’s improving (like Carrie can), because the commercials he did for VHI Divas are beyond awesome.

  • suenigma

    Maria is a pretty blonde – Carrie is a pretty blonde. I suspect Carrie will be persuaded to put away the heavy make-up and big hair for the night.

    Look, Carrie could very well suck eggs doing this, but I don’t see how it’s a given. IMO

  • steph6449

    Yes, and I don’t expect in a concert setting to see a singer acting out a song in character or anything like that :) But I think a singer should still inject some emotion into what they are doing. In the video above, it really gives me hardly any sense of emotional content. Which doesn’t match up with the lyrics that are looking for some expression.  (Even more so, when you can’t help but compare to the original well-known renditions.)

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    By the way, I absolutely agree. There are very few former Idol contestants — both winners and others — turning down lucrative opportunities. Most just don’t receive the opportunities because nothing succeeds like success. If you hit it big in some way, the offers come piling in. Just look at the small group of actors and actresses who get repeatedly offered the best roles in Hollywood even if there might be less well-known actors who could do just as well if not a better job with these roles.

  • bridgette12

    Your right, there is no hate. No one is making it personal, some people are just saying she’s not an actress. If she can’t do a good job of acting with something like Soul Surfer, why would anyone think suddenly she’s going to turn into something amazing for The Sound of Music. 

  • http://twitter.com/BobbiNJ Bobbi

    I’m sure they chose Carrie because they want the ratings she’ll bring and she can sing.

  • http://twitter.com/BobbiNJ Bobbi

    Certainly isn’t a casting choice I would have thought of, but I’ll definitely be pulling for her. It has to be exciting to her to think about spreading her wings in a whole new genre of entertainment. It certainly is a huge project to take on for your first attempt! I love to see her going for it though!

  • BonnieDee

    I don’t think we should base her acting ability on soul surfer.  She was playing a small role as a counselor.  She wasn’t supposed to steal the show.  She did her job.  The spotlight belonged to Bethany Hamilton (as played by Anna Sophia Robb).  Give Carrie a chance to shine in a leading role.

  • bridgette12

    You think her shitty performance was due to the fact that she didn’t want to possibly steal the spotlight from Bethany Hamilton. It was due to her lack of acting ability. 

  • BonnieDee

    I don’t think her performance in Soul Surfer was bad.  She played a counselor, not a flashy role, and she did her job.  I thought she was pretty good in How I Met Your Mother by the way, as the girl who had Ted “on the hook.”

  • Jazz_11

    I agree!  I also don’t think Carrie will fit the role of Maria.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PIFEK3GEST2TGA4FGDNGGCDJPE Genuine

    I don’t see any Carrie hate. I get that some people can’t see Carrie in the part, because I can’t either. What I do see is a lot of Taylor Swift hate. The article and who’s playing the part of Maria have nothing to do with Taylor Swift and yet she’s getting slammed here.

  • merkureye

    I caught this performance of The Sound of Music on YT about 3 years ago and was . . . dare I say it . . .Blown Away.  It is clear that Tony Bennett, who happened to be in the audience, approved as well since you can see him at the end of the performance giving Carrie the “Bravo” sign of clasped hands.

    I have commented to my wife that Carrie has real acting talent and I made that observation by watching her Temporary Home music video.  I’ve never seen Soul Surfer.  Carrie is going to be just fine and surprise everyone like she has from AI S4 forward.  Carrie was destined to be a legendary entertainer and to crossover into the greater popular culture.

    By the way, that note Carrie hits at 3:30 in TSOM video is angelic.  This video brings tears to my eyes . . . beautiful.

  • angiedb

    Hollywood needs to stop with the remakes. Ugh.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PIFEK3GEST2TGA4FGDNGGCDJPE Genuine

    The spotlight may have belonged to Bethany, but Carrie’s acting was cringe worthy, and that was just a bit part. There is no way she can carry the role of Maria. She doesn’t have the acting chops that are needed to play an incredibly well know lead character.

  • http://twitter.com/RonnieDRocks Ronnie D

    I always thought the Sound of Music was rather corny lol. This is quite a stretch from country pop music.

  • ptslittlecomment

    The stage version difers a bit from the movie version. There are indeed different songs and songs in different places. Mother Superior has the most beautiful song (and the 11 o’clock number) in the show.  That being said  – and I know this isn’t the most popular  thing to say – the role of Maria isn’t the most challenging for actresses. Unless she freezes on stage or loses her voice it will please most of the folks who would want to tune in……

  • DB987

    I love Carrie but I have to admit I hate The Sound of Music and I am not a Julie Andrews fan. I know this makes me a bad person I’m sorry. Goodluck Carrie I will try to watch but promise nothing.

  • HermeticallySealed

    This is NOT a remake.  They are just televising a performance of the Broadway version.

  • Maya100

    I really like Carrie, but Maria is a soprano role, written for a soprano.  How’s she going to sing it?  And why couldn’t they hire someone with the right voice?  They could get a big name for the Captain.  

  • durbesque

    I agree.  I saw it with a low-voiced singer as Maria, and it didn’t seem like much of a singing role. 

    Then I saw it with Roberta Peters, toward the end of her Met career, and she was spectacular.  However, for the general public, I think a voice like Carrie’s will be more acceptable. 

  • potatorocks

    She might as well give it a shot.  The opportunity may never come her way again.
    I definitely wouldn’t put my money on it but I wish her well.

  • waitingforthe1

    are they going to make a country version of this musical? Even when she did the Sound of Music in 07 it had a somewhat country flare to it. 

    As for her acting skills, she’s really come a long way since Idol.  She shows a lot of personality on stage and can obviously play a character if her hosting gigs with brad paisley are any indication. 

    I say good for her!  It’s always fun and exciting when an artist gets to experience a once in a lifetime opportunity.  Be in Carrie with this or Adam with Queen, Kelly singing for the Pope, etc. 

  • Axxxel

    hugh Jackman and Carrie Underwood ?*faint*.. hope he can teach her some acting skills

  • Axxxel

    I hope the Captain is a Broadway vet…. so it will be a nice combination..In the story the Captain is also much older than Maria….

  • Axxxel

    1965 is 1965… no one can discuss perfection. Wouldn’t be great if because of Ms Underwood’s performance , almost 50 years later, a new generation will notice and hopefully take a look at “the perfect movie of 1965″ ??

  • Axxxel

    Just because actor Chris Colfer confessed during his audition that he used to play “Kurt” in an amateur “Sound of Music “play, now his character in Glee is called “Kurt”…. and he won a Golden Globe award and Emmy nominations…. because of that “Kurt” role…so the legacy of  Sound of Music lives on….even if it is just in a name…

  • Axxxel

    Totally agree with you… I am totally not a Carrie Underwood fan but after I heard the news about this new gig of hers….I just feel the same excitement and fear  when I heard that Adam Lambert was going to front 6 concerts with Queen… So afraid of the negative comments and of the fact that he may just stand on  stage and freeze. But all fear was not necessary…it is true, even during those 6 concerts there was a learning process.. but it was obvious that the concerts made him an even  more confident and relaxed performer.. 
    And i am sure the same will be for Carrie.. she has such a beautiful voice… About the facial and other expressions that should  comes from the heart…. that can be learned…as reducing nervousness (she looked nervous in the clip above). Preparation…preparation…preparation….I an so happy for Carrie that she gets this opportunity to this Broadway version of the Sound of Music. Such a big opportunity for her to step out of her comfortzone…I am sure this will benefit indirectly to her own live performances. 

  • jlscott13

    Carrie >>>>>>>>>> everyone else. :)

  • Incipit

    That being said  – and I know this isn’t the most popular  thing to say – the role of Maria isn’t the most challenging for actresses.

    Yep, maybe not popular, but IMO very true, ptslittlecomment. I’ve costumed the stage show several times, for Regional Theater over the years. As a well-loved musical, it’s all about the story, not the acting – and the story is driven by the vocals; Carrie can supply those in abundance…

    She’s a professional, nerves are good, they use them for the performance. I have no qualms about her freezing on stage, or any problems more related to an amateur production. Just keep Adam Shankman away from it, and it will be just fine, IMO. *snerk*

  • rayni

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Carrie thread with so many comments lol! I’m always excited for AI alum opportunities and I think Carrie will do a great job – I want her to do a great job, anyway. When I was growing up, my first exposure to Peter Pan was the filmed stage version with Mary Martin – I love it still! So I hope there will be a whole generation of little rayni’s that fall in love with the Sound of Music story and music.

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    I saw the movie countless times growing up. Loved it. I just wish they’d get a real actress to introduce this story to a new generation. 

  • curly_yenta

    So you’re saying we need to redo iconic movies for the “new generation” to be aware of original classics?  Uhm, no……. don’t think so.

  • durbesque

    “…the role of Maria isn’t the most challenging for actresses.”

    Right.  It isn’t exactly Streetcar or Sophie’s Choice, is it? ha!
    Carrie just has to say her lines nicely, like Kat, and pretend to like the kids.
    She’ll be fine.

  • durbesque

    I would imagine that NBC’s first consideration is ratings. 

    Do you have “a more classically trained singer and a more accomplished actress” in mind?  Certainly, one exists, but what would her ratings quotient be?  Would every Country and Pop fan, plus everybody else, tune in to watch a show that has been run to death year after year?  I think Carrie is their best bet.  

  • rufustfirefly2

    Love Carrie but never did like “The Sound of Music”.

  • Nadine_Bitch

    I like it when someone is so ballsy to try something out of their comfort zone. This is a rare challenging opportunity that she might not have again. I can’t think of anything why she would turn it down and besides she has time to prepare.

    I’m not a fan of Carrie in any stretch but I applaud for her braveness! For every Idols actually who are trying to broaden their skills and experience by trying something out of their usual way.
    As for her acting skill, well, I’ll judge after I watch the performance. She just might make me eat my words.

  • Incipit

    The only part in this show that requires some acting chops is the Mother Abbess, IMO, because she instigates a lot of the plot action. The other characters are often reacting to what she put in motion.

    She’s also the only cast member (Peggy Wood) who received an Academy Award nomination for her movie part, except for Julie Andrews.

    As far as the score is concerned – it doesn’t require classically trained voices to sing the songs that were used on stage, this was/is Musical Theater, a different sort of singing  – and IDK what this production will choose to leave in from the movie version, or omit from the stage version, but I would expect they will go with the more familiar Movie Score…and not even use all of that. It a Long A$$ Show, with no edits.

    This means, probably, no “An Ordinary Couple”, “No Way To Stop it”, “I Have Confidence”, “Something Good”, or “How Can Love Survive” – though they may use that as an instrumental in the “Goodbye Maria Waltz”.

    Carrie’s vocals are fine for “The Sound of Music”, as we have heard in the video – and “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” is written in the same vein. There’s the two dramatic pieces from the stage show – and the Mother Abbess sings “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” in that version.

    After that – it’s all music that’s catchy and fun to sing (few are even solos) …Rogers and Hammerstein knew their stuff!

    “My Favorite Things”
    “Do, Re, Mi”
    “The Lonely Goatherd”
    “So Long, Farewell”

    Plus songs sung by other cast members:

    “Maria”
    “Sixteen Going On Seventeen”
    “Eidelweiss”

    See? Not such a challenge musically as it may have seemed to be. Carrie has already shown she can handle the Title song. Whatever she needs to learn about doing Musical Theater, blocking, cues, etc  can be taught – Carrie has proven to be a quick study, ever since her Idol days, IMO. This ought to be fun!

  • Ratna12

    Nobody will be able to replace Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, nobody ! Having said that, I’m excited to see what Carrie can do.

    I hope though, that even the young ones after watching this version, will try to see the original movie.
    I’ve never seen the Broadway play, so I can’t comment on how different it is from the movie.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    The role of Maria is still a main role. There are still many lines, actions, reactions, blocking and staging, etc. to learn and carry out in a believable manner. This role is going to be about so much more than just singing the songs. That’s the easy part. People who have never done large stage shows have no idea what it takes to get to the point of a Broadway level type performance. That’s why these shows take months, even years to make it to the big stage. Every line and every movement is dissected and analyzed.

    Even though this part of Maria may appear to be an easier type role to play, Carrie still has a lot of work ahead of her just to prepare for something of this
    nature. This is a live stage show, not a TV sitcom or a minor part in a movie.
    No one is going to yell “cut” so you can do a scene over. A live show is a completely different from what type of acting Carrie has done in the past.
    She’s a brave person to attempt it, I hope the experience ends up being a good one for her and everyone involved with this project.

  • Axxxel

    .Have you seen the TV serie Glee lately… young twens singing classics as “Don’t cry for me Argentina”, “America ” (West Side Story) and “favorite things” (Sound of Music)…It is not perfect but at least it rekindled my interest for those musicals. and hopefullly makes the younger generation curious about that ‘weird music”.

    The Sound of Music is such a beautiful movie for me, about music, morals, war etc…. but I am not sure whether Christopher Plummer and Julie Andrews will appeal to my 18 year old niece… So I don’t mind the remake of this musical (not movie !!)…..
    And I am sure that they will find a handsome well voiced elder captain (a broadway veteran preferably ) and adorable good singing children to balance off the rough edges of Carrie Underwood’s acting skills.

  • Axxxel

    Best example…. Adam Lambert singing “Mad World” on American Idol Season 8… Lots of people praising him for his rendition that is borrowed from that movie soundtrack (Donnie Darko or so)… but I was a bit bummed because I knew that the original british version was more fast paced (more like a dance song)…. Slowly I learned to appreciate the new versions but it took time…

    Time changes.. audience changes… tastes change…

  • Incipit

     A live show is a completely different from what type of acting Carrie has done in the past.

    She’s a brave person to attempt it, I hope the experience ends up being a good one for her and everyone involved with this project.

    I could easily agree with that last paragraph, Taylor, except for the “completely different” part – Carrie has been doing Live Shows on stage for sold out Arenas that required blocking, staging, costume changes, cues, dialogue, and yes, acting – when she’s putting across the emotion in a song like “Blown Away” or “Two Black Cadillacs”…that’s acting. Every segment of that sort of show is also dissected and analyzed before it is presented to the public…And no one yells “cut” for any mistakes that are made there either.

    The skill sets are not so different, many of them will translate as a basis for stage work, or be related enough to what she already has mastered to be familiar territory…but it still takes guts to step from one genre to another. All credit to her for that, and being ready to do the work –  I’m not downplaying that aspect at all. Good that there is plenty of time to prepare, and rehearse, and become comfortable on this ‘other’ kind of stage. I am no fan of country music, but I can see what she brings to her shows is more than just vocal skills.

    It also doesn’t hurt that the major wrinkles in any stage production of “The Sound of Music” have long ago been ironed out, through years and years of different productions…there are endless stage variations to chose from…or adapt to the venue and the available cast. No need to “Open in New Haven”. A smart producer and a skilled director, along with a cast that fits well – and I think Carrie can bring the goods. 

    JMO. Of Course.

  • http://twitter.com/AmirHazwan Amir Hazwan ?

    Go Carrie! Go blow them all away!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     The UNSTOPPABLE Carrie Underwood! This is a helluva great get for her. The sentimenal softy side of me has loved The Sound of Music since first I saw Julie Andrews in the film version. I’ve no doubt Carrie will bring her own stamp to this role, and blow us all away… again.  Bravo Carrie!

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    When I first heard this news, I thought it would be a running production on Broadway; however, I think Carrie may be able to pull this off.  If they select strong Broadway veterans for the Captain and Mother Superior, the influence could help Carrie.  She has that sweet look and pretty voice, now Carrie just needs to take some acting lessons.

    Mother Superior has the most beautiful song (and the 11 o’clock number) in the show.

    I am anxious to see who will be taking on this role!

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    When I first heard this news, I thought it would be a running production on Broadway; however, I think Carrie may be able to pull this off.  If they select strong Broadway veterans for the Captain and Mother Superior, the influence could help Carrie.  She has that sweet look and pretty voice, now Carrie just needs to take some acting lessons.

    Mother Superior has the most beautiful song (and the 11 o’clock number) in the show.

    I am anxious to see who will be taking on this role!

  • halo9125

    Had the pleasure of seeing Carrie in concert last night- I don’t know if she can act or not- but she completely brought me to tears with “Temporary Home”.

    If she can take that kind of emotion and bring that to this role- it’s a great first step. I wish her luck.

    To think I remember when they said she had no stage presence. What a joke- she had the audience wrapped around her finger for 2 straight hours. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_S3ZGXZCUE2YYOS7QV6QSTKM4SA buffynut2001

    ROTFL!!!!!!!! (For real!)

  • julesb2183

    is this a concert type of performance or a full on production?

  • Incipit

    “We’re thrilled to be presenting the Broadway version of ‘The Sound of Music’ live,” 

    The information in the post says that a full on three hour production is planned, based on the stage musical, not the movie, julesb2183.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Carrie did a terrific job singing “The Sound of Music” in that video MJ posted. She definitely has the vocal goods for this part, and the only question is whether she can handle the acting parts as well.

  • Truthiness2U

    Because there just aren’t any actresses who can sing well, so of course find someone who can sing well, but can’t act. Brilliant! 

    I like Carrie well enough, but this was a stupid thing for the show to do, and I doubt that Carrie will be able to improve her acting by the time this thing is made. Acting is harder than it looks, actually. It’s weird. One might not think so, but yeah, it is an actual talent. And given what I’ve seen of Carrie in other roles, it isn’t something she naturally posses and yes, I doubt she’ll be able to pick it up. I could be wrong. I’ve seen actors in roles when they were young/just starting out who were pretty darn bad, but who later on did become decent actors.

    But more often singers who try and act are bad, and stay bad. Just saying. 

  • stargazed

    There are so many Broadway Actors who would be wonderful playing the part; actors with glorious voices.  Carrie is neither an actor nor has a glorious voice.  Her voice is wonderful for what she does but she “ain’t no Maria von Trapp”.

    Very disappointed.

  • curly_yenta

    Totally agree.  I always thought Carrie’s voice lacked nuance.  It also lacks the sweetness of a Julie Andrews.  The whole project is unnecessary in my opinion.

  • durbesque

    I think it went like this….Let’s find a vehicle for Carrie Underwood.
    Not….Let’s find a star for “The Sound of Music”.

    Carrie is Box Office, as her Arena tours prove.
    She will bring in the Ratings like no other.
    That’s all that matters.