Carrie Underwood To Play Maria Von Trapp In NBC's The Sound of Music

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Carrie Underwood poses in the press room at the 40th American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 18, 2012 in Los Angeles -- Getty Premium

Carrie Underwood is headed to the hills!

The singer 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, the network announced on Friday.

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"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," Robert Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment, said. "She was an iconic woman who will now be played by an iconic artist."

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, the team behind "Smash" and the big screen versions of "Chicago" and "Hairspray," are thrilled to bring the beloved musical to the small screen and work with the "American Idol" champ. "We're thrilled to be presenting the Broadway version of 'The Sound of Music' live," said Zadan and Meron, "and having

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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."

The live three-hour telecast of "The Sound of Music" will air during the holiday season in 2013.

-- Jesse Spero

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