This time, Carrie Underwood will know her last name. And it will be von Trapp!
The five-time Grammy Award winner and country music sweetheart will star as the famed nun-turned-Nazi-fleer Maria von Trapp in NBC's live broadcast of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's 1959 Broadway musical The Sound of Music. The broadcast, to be produced by Smash's Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, will air towards the end of 2013. Further casting will be announced at a later date.
"We're thrilled to be presenting the Broadway version of The Sound of Music live," said Zadan and Meron in a statement, "and 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. It's a particular joy to us as producers to see this amazing artist stretch into new territory with this classic musical."
Underwood first came to fame as the winner of the fourth season of FOX's American Idol. She has sold more than 15 million albums sold worldwide, and won a wide array of awards, including five Grammys, seven American Music Awards, six People's Choice Awards, nine CMT Music Awards, and nine American Country Awards. Her acting credits include the film Soul Surfer and the TV series How I Met Your Mother.