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Carrie Underwood in New ‘The Sound of Music’ Live Broadcast and Soundtrack

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Country star Carrie Underwood’s carnival ride is spinning her back in time – to 1930s Austria. The songstress stars as Maria von Trapp in a new live television production of the iconic musical ‘The Sound of Music’ airing on NBC Dec. 5.sound-of-music

Two days before that, Sony Masterworks will release the soundtrack recording featuring the great Rodgers and Hammerstein classics from the show, including “The Sound of Music,” “My Favorite Things,” “Sixteen Going on Seventeen,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” and “Do-Re-Mi.”

Co-starring with six-time Grammy winner Underwood are not one but three Tony Award winners: Audra McDonald (five Tonys, two Grammys) as Mother Abbess; Laura Benanti as Elsa Schrader; and Smash‘s Christian Borle as Max Detweiler. In the role of Captain Georg von Trapp is True Blood‘s Stephen Moyer.

The cast is busy right now rehearsing for the three-hour live production, which harks back to television’s golden age of live broadcasts. Few television events today combine such a star-studded cast with such universally beloved, evergreen music – and it’s live, too.

The soundtrack is available for pre-order at Amazon.com.

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