Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015

Country diva Carrie Underwood to star in Sound Of Music

Published on Dec 1, 2012 5:53 AM
Carrie Underwood performs Two Black Cadillacs at the 40th American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California on Nov 18, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - NBC is hoping to breathe new life into a vintage Broadway musical by casting chart-topping country singer Carrie Underwood as the star of its revival of The Sound Of Music next year.

In a statement on Friday, the United States (US) television network said Underwood, 29, will play Maria von Trapp in a live telecast of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical first produced on the Great White Way in 1959, or 24 years before she was born.

Scheduling of the three-hour special is to be announced nearer to the Christmas holidays in 2013, it said.

"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," said producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.

If you are not a subscriber, you can get instant, unlimited access here