Carrie Underwood to play Maria in NBC's 'The Sound of Music'

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The hills are alive… with a new version of The Sound of Music.

Grammy winner Carrie Underwood will star as Maria von Trapp in NBC’s broadcast of the original stage version of The Sound of Music, the network announced today. An air date has not been set for the three-hour live event, but it will be broadcast sometime during the holidays in 2013.

“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,” said Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment. “She was an iconic woman who will now be played by an iconic artist.”

The real-life role was most famously played by Julie Andrews in the 1965 Oscar-winning film.

Underwood has sung a bit of Maria before. Here she is singing “The Sound of Music” in 2007:

The real question now: Which singer will tackle Captain von Trapp?

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