As was also done in London, the role of Maria will be cast through a primetime television reality show. The program, modeled after the BBC's How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria, will be broadcast on the CBC. The remainder of the cast will be chosen from Canadian theatrical talent.
The Sound of Music premiered on Broadway in 1959 with Mary Martin in the lead role. The 1965 film version, with Julie Andrews as Maria, won five Academy Awards including Best Picture.