Saturday, Apr 18, 2015Saturday, Apr 18, 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.

Enjoy 2 weeks of unlimited digital access to The Straits Times. Get your free access now!