Country diva Carrie Underwood to star in Sound Of Music
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.