She’s playing the role made famous by Julie Andrews in the 1965 movie – something that has some die-hard fans up in arms.
“I get hate Tweets and stuff like, ‘You’re not Julie Andrews!’” the American Idol winner tells Entertainment Weekly.
“I know I’m not Julie,” Underwood, 30, says. “Nobody is and I would never pretend that I was … I know my place.”
While some people might be unhappy, Underwood has support from Andrews, who says she’s “a fan” of the Grammy winner.
“Fifty years later, it’s time somebody had another crack at it,” the 78-year-old toldZap2it. “I had the best time of my life doing it, and it did wonderful things for me. I think it’s great that it’s being done again, but doing it live must be so daunting Carrie.”
Underwood is being joined by True Blood‘s Stephen Moyer and Private Practice star Audra McDonald in the live three-hour special, which is based on the original 1959 Rodgers & Hammerstein musical and airs Dec. 5 at 8/7c on NBC.
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NBC spoke with the leads of the highly anticipated live presentation of “The Sound of Music Live!”, set to air on Thursday, Dec. 5 (8 PM ET). Click below for one-on-one interviews with Carrie Underwood, Christian Borle, Audra McDonald and more!
The cast features country star Carrie Underwood as Maria, 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 one-time fiancee.
“The Sound of Music,” music from the NBC Television event, will include studio recordings for all of the musical numbers that are performed by the cast members 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.
Executive producers for the telecast are Neil Meron and Craig Zadan (“Smash,” “The Academy Awards”). Directors are Rob Ashford (“Evita”) and Beth McCarthy-Miller (“30 Rock”). David Chase (“Cinderella”) serves as musical director.The soundtrack is licensed through the NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products Group.
“The Sound of Music,” set in the 1930s 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 forBest Musical. The 1965 film adaptation won the Oscar for Best Picture
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Carrie and Stephen star as Maria and Captain von Trapp in this beloved story of the young novice who falls in love with Captain von Trapp and his seven children, set against the backdrop of Nazi-occupied Austria.
This new version of “The Sound of Music” will be a faithful adaptation of the original stage musical, to retell the story for a whole new generation. And more than that, it will be broadcast LIVE, adding a whole new level of immediacy and excitement. Get ready to reintroduce your family to the most joyful, most emotional and most musical family adventure of them all. Three-hour live event.
You can see “The Sound of Music Live!” December 5th from 7-10 p.m. on KARE 11. For details, click here.
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The routine began with the two joking about all the feuding that’s been taking place in the entertainment industry recently.
“Even in country music it seems that feuding is all the rage,” Underwood said. “Feuding, feuding, feuding,” Paisley added before the duo busted into a comical version of ‘Why Can’t We Be Friends,’ calling out Zac Brown and Luke Bryan‘s recent feud while the headline-making artists joined each other for a front-row hug.
Paisley and Underwood then moved on to poking fun at Obama’s Affordable Care Act and the issues that the healthcare.gov website has been having.
“Obamacare by morning. Why’s this taking so long? I’m going to wind up with hemorrhoids if I sit here too long … Obama care by morning. Over six people served,” the duo sang, mimicking George Strait‘s ‘Amarillo by Morning’ while sitting at a laptop, trying to access the site.
Of course, no recent awards show is complete without a poke at Miley Cyrus’ recent tabloid headlines. “If someone in our industry was going to get caught licking a hammer, we all thought it’d be Blake Shelton,” Underwood joked.
The routine ended with a fun mixture of Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ with the vocals changed to honor ‘Duck Dynasty’ and introduce some of the show’s cast to announce the first award, for Single of the Year.
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Carrie Underwood will have earned a well-deserved vacation in December.
The singer, who just wrapped up her sixth turn at co-hosting the CMA Awards with Brad Paisley, is spending most of her time in New York City, preparing for her role as Maria Von Trapp for the live televised performance of ‘The Sound of Music.’ In addition to rehearsing with an all-star cast, Underwood is working with both dialect and acting coaches, and was given extra time to prepare before she joined her co-stars.
“I knew I had the furthest to go,” Underwood admits to the New York Post.
Not that her bosses have any fear about her performance. Craig Zadan, who is producing the live broadcast along with Neil Meron, has high praise for the show’s star.
“She’s one of those people who showed up the first day and knew every line of the script and every note of every song,” he says proudly. “She’s an unbelievably hard worker.”
The multi-platinum selling singer says the music is a perfect fit for her, especially the song she sings with the young actors who play the Von Trapp children, ‘The Lonely Goatherd.’
“I’ve been yodeling my whole life, growing up listening to Kitty Wells and the Carter Family,” she explains.
But while she is enjoying singing, her favorite part of the musical has nothing to do with her own songs. Underwood says she is most impressed by the Broadway actresses who have taken on the role of the nuns.
“When they sang, I thought, ‘This is what heaven’s going to sound like,” she admits.
The producers, who have also teamed up for other live televised musicals, including ‘Cinderella’ with Whitney Houston and Brandy, and ‘Annie’ with Kathy Bates, knew that Underwood would be a perfect fit for the role, thanks in part to her worldwide appeal and her own personal beliefs.
“I think it’s very important, especially in a piece like this, a musical that deals with religion and nuns, that she has that fan base,” Zadan notes. “There’s an element in faith-based belief in the show. The spirituality in the show lends itself to Carrie’s core audience.”
Underwood adds that the show’s religious theme, with her character considering becoming a nun instead of raising the Von Trapp children, was especially appealing to her. “Her faith was very important to her and it’s important to me,” she explains.
‘The Sound of Music’ will air live on Dec. 5 at 8PM ET on NBC.
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For Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley, 2013′s Country Music Awards is lucky No. 6 as hosts. Their secret to keeping their material fresh and funny? “We still don’t know what we’re doing,” jokes Paisley.
The pair, who sat down for a quick interview, revealed a few of their tricks and shortcomings. While Underwood relies heavily on the teleprompter, Paisley has to keep his jokes in check and family friendly. “I can get pretty roast-y, I can go toward Jeffrey Ross world,” he says.
As to who smokes more marijuana, Kenny Rogers or Willie Nelson, no disagreements here: Nelson, hands down.
The 2013 Country Music Association Awards air Wednesday (ABC, 8 p.m. ET/tape delay PT).
Five questions video to view here
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Another pertinent and pivotal piece of the puzzle has fallen into place for Carrie Underwood‘s ‘The Sound of Music.’ The powers-that-be at the NBC production, which will air live on Dec. 5, have cast the von Trapp children.
A nationwide search was conducted for actors and actresses to fill out the brood of seven.
The children who won the sought after roles of the von Trapp kids are as follows: Ariane Rinehart (Liesl); Michael Nigro (Fredrich); Ella Watts-Gorman (Louisa); Joe West (Kurt); Sophia Caruso (Brigitta); Grace Rundhaug (Marta); and Peyton Ella as Gretl.
Underwood, who is playing the lead role of Maria, posed with the her new castmates. What a handsome bunch, with Underwood and her dynamite smile as the centerpiece of the image.
‘True Blood’ star Stephen Moyer will play Captain von Trapp, rounding out the key cast.
Other details about the production have been revealed, such as the fact that it will stage in Long Island, as opposed to NYC proper. Everything will be live, including any possible mistakes, which will not be edited out.
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Carrie Underwood may have been raised in beef country, smack-dab in the middle of Oklahoma, but when it comes to her current-day diet, times have changed. The super-successful country star went vegan two years ago (after being a vegetarian several years before) and hasn’t looked back. These days, Underwood, 30, stocks her pantry and fridge with fresh veggies, tofu, and soy cheese and hones her cooking skills by making meals with her pro hockey player husband, Mike Fisher. (The Nashville Predators center does, however, add meat to his dishes.) Here’s a peek at the flavorful stuff Ms. Underwood simply can’t live without.
Nasoya Organic Firm Tofu. I use tofu in so many dishes. I love to scramble it with onions, red peppers, and spinach, and then top it all off with salsa. Such a yummy savory breakfast! I also use it in smoothies or to make “egg” salad sandwiches. It’s so versatile!
My Vitamix blender. Mike and I both use the heck out of this thing! We both make smoothies and I love to create my own soup (canned soup has so much sodium). It was a pricey purchase, but I use it so much…it was worth it!
Ezekiel products. Once you get used to Ezekiel bread, you can’t go back to “regular” bread. I also love their tortillas to make veggie pizzas. Their English muffins are amazing, too!
Mrs. Dash products. My body retains water terribly and much of the meat-free food that I eat has a ton of sodium. I don’t need to add anymore to the foods that I prepare. Instead, I love all the different blends of Mrs. Dash products and they’re all salt free!
The Whole Foods app on my phone. It has a lot of vegan recipes, as well as many other recipes that I can make vegan. I use this app the most around the holidays when I’m trying to get everything together for our big group meals.
vitaminwater. My favorite is vitaminwater zero squeezed. I love real lemonade but don’t love the calories and sugar that go along with it, so I get my lemonade fix this way. So yummy!
Measuring cups. I am pretty conscious about the foods that I eat and their portion sizes. If the label says a serving size is “1 cup,” I measure out a cup. It keeps me from distorting my portions and helps keep me accountable for what and how much I am eating.
Brussels Sprouts. I love brussels! I eat them roasted or even raw and finely chopped. I’ll make my own version of “coleslaw” using shaved brussels and Vegenaise. They’re filling, low calorie and, most importantly, delicious! I’ve even got my friends into making them!
Dark chocolate. I’m not a big sweets person, but I do like a little bite after meals. I love Green & Black’s Dark 70%. The bar is small, but I’ll break it in half (six pieces) and get my sweet fix without blowing my diet. It’s the perfect amount of chocolate!
Onions. I put onions in everything! On sandwiches, in salads…if I can put onions on it or in it, I do! I’ve always heard that buying local onions helps with allergies, too. So, that’s a plus, but mostly, I just love the taste!
Coconut oil. I cook with it, I use it on my skin … coconut oil is so good for you. It gives my food a slightly sweet, coconut flavor. It’s great when cooking veggies!
Daiya “cheese.” This is the best cheese alternative that I’ve found. I love making vegan grilled cheese with truffle oil. It gets all gooey and hot! I love it!
Spinach. I eat spinach every day. I love putting it on sandwiches or in my sautéed veggies. Spinach salads are the best!
Quinoa. It’s so filling and a great alternative to rice. And it has protein. I’ll make it with apples for breakfast or use it for my veggie stir-fries. Or, I keep it simple and use it as a side dish. There are lots of things to do with quinoa and they’re all good.
Since releasing her debut album in 2005, Carrie Underwood has sold over 15 million albums and charted 18 #1 singles, nine of which she co-wrote. Her current album, Blown Away, made history by debuting at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart, making her only the second country artist in the 47-year history of the chart to have each of their first four albums debut at #1. She is a six-time Grammy winner, a two-time Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year, a three-time Country Music Association and ACM Female Vocalist winner, and a proud member of the Grand Ole Opry.
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Carrie Underwood was recently surprised with multiple honors by Sony Music Nashville Chairman/CEO Gary Overton. Following her Sound of Music rehearsal on Monday (Oct. 7) in New York City, Underwood was presented with three plaques commemorating recent RIAA certifications. “Good Girl” reached double platinum status for more than 2 million downloads, while “Two Black Cadillacs” is now platinum for more than 1 million downloads. Her debut DVD, The Blown Away Tour: LIVE has gone gold, with more than 500,000 in sales.
Underwood is up for three trophies at this year’s CMA Awards, including Female Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year (Blown Away) and Video of the Year (“Blown Away”).
Underwood is temporarily residing in New York as she rehearses for the live three-hour broadcast of the original Broadway production of The Sound of Music on NBC on Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. CT/8 p.m. ET. Underwood will return briefly to Nashville to-host the 47th Annual CMA Awards with Arista Nashville label-mate Brad Paisley on ABC on Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. CT/8 p.m. ET.
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