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Carrie Underwood: SOUND OF MUSIC 'Definitely a Challenge'

Carrie Underwood: SOUND OF MUSIC 'Definitely a Challenge'

In today's Billboard.com, country music star Carrie Underwood spoke about her upcoming starring role in NBC's live broadcast of THE SOUND OF MUSIC.

The 6-time Grammy Award winner shared that she is definitely on edge about the upcoming live event, comparing it to "going to a Broadway show, but you're in your living room."

Underwood will portray iconic governess Maria opposite "True Blood" star Stephen Moyer as the dashing Captain von Trapp. The NBC musical will also feature Broadway vets Audra McDonald as Mother Abbess, Laura Benanti as Elsa and Christian Borle as Max.

The 30-year-old showed up in the Big Apple three weeks prior to the start of rehearsals, just to fit in some extra preparations. "I wanted to be here and have all my lines memorized and everything and be ready for it. It's been really wonderful," Underwood said. "Audra and Laura are incredible. Stephen's great. It's nice to be surrounded by that much talent."

What causes Underwood the most jitters is doing something she's never done before. However she realizes, "None of us have. This is a live show on TV. So this is definitely a challenge for all of us."

Underwood will once again host this year's Country Music Association Awards. She also had the distinct honor of Being asked to record the theme song for Sunday Night Football which can be heard every weekend before the start of the game.

Read the story in full here!

"The Sound of Music" will be presented as a live three-hour broadcast and will air on December 5 on NBC. Five-time Grammy winner Carrie Underwood will star in the coveted role of Maria Von Trapp. Acclaimed British actor Stephen Moyer, best known to U.S. audiences for his role as Bill Compton in HBO's "True Blood, will portray decorated World War I hero Capt. Georg Von Trapp.

From Universal Television, "The Sound of Music" is executive produced by Neil Meron and Craig Zadan. Beth McCarthy-Miller and Rob Ashford will serve as directors. The live holiday production will be based on the original 1959 Broadway production of "The Sound of Music," which starred Mary Martin and Theodore Bikel. The play won the Tony Award as best musical and Martin won as best actress.


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