Country singer Carrie Underwood is no stranger to singing, or singing on stage, making her latest role as Maria von Trapp in The Sound of Music appropriate, though she admittedly has little acting experience.
Underwood will reprise the iconic role played by Julie Andrews and others during a live broadcast of the famous musical on NBC television, reports Reuters. The broadcast likely will not take place until late next year.
The country singer, who has won five Grammys for her wonderful voice, will star as the rebellious nun that went to work for Austrian naval commander Georg von Trapp and ended up falling for the stoic, yet romantic man. Julie Andrews immortalized the role of Maria in the 1965 film-version, which won an Oscar.
The film is based on the Rogers and Hammerstein musical, which premiered on Broadway in 1959. Both the musical and the movie were based on the true story of the von Trapp family, who fled Austria during World War II to escape Hitler’s reign. Maria, after marrying Georg, fled with the family to Switzerland.
The musical was inspired by the 1956 film The Trapp Family, as well as its 1958 sequel, The Trapp Family in America. Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, stated:
“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. She was an iconic woman who will now be played by an iconic artist.”
While she certainly has the voice for the part in The Sound of Music, Carrie Underwood doesn’t have much acting experience, notes Cinema Blend. She has appeared in an episode of How I Met Your Mother and also had a part in Soul Surfer. Cinema Blend’s Kelly West writes:
“This is not to say that I don’t think she’s up for the challenge of taking the lead in a televised live broadcast of a beloved musical. Just that there isn’t a log to go on to convince me that she’s the right woman for the job, beyond what her name and musical talent brings to the table. Some might think that’s enough (and NBC may be banking on that), but I’d think even a seasoned theater or film actor would find it challenging to follow in the footsteps of Julie Andrews.”
Carrie Underwood rose to fame after she won American Idol in 2005. Her debut album, Some Hearts, was voted the top country album of the past decade by Billboard.
[Image from WikiMedia Commons]