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First Commercial For Carrie Underwood In THE SOUND OF MUSIC

First Commercial For Carrie Underwood In THE SOUND OF MUSICAt long last the introductory TV spot for the hotly anticipated new NBC small screen edition of the enduring family-friendly Rodgers & Hammerstein musical classic THE SOUND OF MUSIC starring country music superstar Carrie Underwood has finally been released.

Underwood can be seen sporting the iconic Austrian acoutrement so very elemental to her real-life based leading role, that of Maria Von Trapp, in the flashy new promo.

Don't miss BroadwayWorld's extensive round-up of the first week of recording sessions for THE SOUND OF MUSIC, available here, as well as a subsequent update article from yesterday, available here, and today's update featuring the first look at Stephen Moyer as Captain Von Trapp and more, available here.

The official description of THE SOUND OF MUSIC soundtrack and live TV event is as follows: "Sony Masterworks proudly releases the companion soundtrack to NBC's live broadcast of "The Sound of Music," based on the classic stage musical. The three-hour live production, starring six-time Grammy Award winner Carrie Underwood as Maria von Trapp, will air December 5. The cast also includes Audra McDonald ("Private Practice"), who has won five Tony Awards and two Grammys, as Mother Abbess; Stephen Moyer ("True Blood"), who will play Capt. Georg von Trapp; Tony Award winner Christian Borle ("Smash"), who will portray von Trapp family friend Max Detweiler; and Tony winner Laura Benanti ("Go On"), who will portray Elsa Schrader, the captain s onetime fiancee. "The Sound of Music" Music From the NBC Television Event features studio recordings of all the musical numbers performed in the live broadcast, including Rodgers and Hammerstein favorites "The Sound of Music," "My Favorite Things," 'Do-Re-Mi," "Sixteen Going on Seventeen" and "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," among others. "The Sound of Music," set in the 1930's before and during "Anschluss" when the Nazi's annexed Austria, is based on the romantic true story of Maria von Trapp, an aspiring nun who leaves the abbey to become a governess for the widower Capt. von Trapp's seven children. She soon finds herself falling in love with her employer and questioning her religious calling. It premiered on Broadway in 1959 where it broke box-office records and won the Tony Award for best musical. The 1965 film adaptation won the Oscar for best picture."

Pre-order THE SOUND OF MUSIC soundtrack here and THE SOUND OF MUSIC on DVD here.

THE SOUND OF MUSIC, directed by Beth McCarthy-Miller and Rob Ashford, produced by Craig Zadan & Neil Meron, airs on December 5 at 8 PM on NBC.

See my 2013 InDepth InterView with Craig Zadan & Neil Meron about THE SOUND OF MUSIC and much, much more from earlier this year, available here.

View the new commercial for Carrie Underwood in THE SOUND OF MUSIC below.

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