Carrie Underwood steps into the iconic role of Maria von Trapp in NBC’s production of The Sound of Music Live! Thursday night at 8 ET. While most people are familiar the movie version of The Sound of Music, Carrie wants viewers to know they’re bringing the stage musical version to the small screen.
“I think it’s really important that people know that we’re not remaking the movie,” Carrie explains. “This is a whole different project. The movie and the musical are two very different things.”
The production will broadcast live from a studio giving viewers the feel of watching an actual play take place in real time.
Says Carrie, “This would be the equivalent of you, like, on Broadway and you see a show, we’re doing that on TV. I think a lot of people have gotten a little confused as to what our project is, and it’s important they know it’s the musical version.”
Carrie grew up loving The Sound of Music, so putting her stamp on songs like “Do-Re-Mi” and “My Favorite Things” is a real treat.
“There’s not a song I don’t love to sing,” she says. “I’ve gotten the ‘What’s your favorite Sound of Music song?’ quite a bit, and I can’t answer it now, any more than I could answer it kind of when we first started.”
True Blood‘s Stephen Moyer co-stars with Carrie as Captain von Trapp. The Sound of Music Live! soundtrack is also out this week, and the live production will be released on DVD December 17.
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