NBC is moving forward with plans to broadcast a live, Broadway-style production of "The Sound of Music" in 2013 -- and they've just found their Maria. "American Idol" alum and beloved country star Carrie Underwood has nabbed the lead role of Maria von Trapp in the three-hour musical event slated for next year.
"We're thrilled to be presenting the Broadway version of The Sound of Music live," producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron say 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."
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