Carrie Underwood Cast as Maria Von Trapp in NBC's 'The Sound of Music'
"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," Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC, said in a statement.
“She was an iconic woman who will now be played by an iconic artist,” Greenblatt continued.
"We're thrilled to be presenting the Broadway version of The Sound of Music live,” said Zadan and Meron, “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's previous acting credits include a role in the 2011 film, Soul Surfer, and a guest spot on CBS’ sitcom, How I Met Your Mother.