Carrie Underwood to Play Maria von Trapp in NBC's 'Sound of Music'

Carrie Underwood will play Maria von Trapp in NBC's remake of the classic musical The Sound of Music that NBC will broadcast live next year. To shepherd the live three-hour event, which will air during next year's holiday season, NBC is reteaming with Smash producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (Chicago, Hairspray), who also have been tapped to produce the 85th Annual Academy Awards in February.

“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,” said NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt. “She was an iconic woman who will now be played by an iconic artist.”

In 2007, Underwood performed a song from the musical in a CBS special celebrating classic movies. (Watch the performance below.)

Based on the original Broadway musical that was inspired by the true story of von Trapp, The Sound of Music follows the aspiring nun who leaves the abbey to become a governess for the widower Captain von Trapp's seven children and finds herself falling in love with her boss and questioning her religious calling.