Tonight’s the night! Carrie Underwood plays her dream role of Maria von Trapp in the live television broadcast of The Sound of Music. Carrie has been learning the lines, the music and even a few dance steps for the three-hour show, which airs on NBC beginning at 8 p.m. ET.
Before you tune in, however, Carrie wants to make one thing perfectly clear — this is NOT an adaptation of the movie version of the beloved classic. She explains: “I think it’s really important that people know that we’re not remaking the movie. This is a whole different project. The movie and the musical are two very different things, so there’s no puppet show in the musical. There’s a lot that’s different between the two. This would be the equivalent of you like going on Broadway and you see a show. We’re doing that on TV, so I think a lot of people have kind of gotten a little confused as to what our project is, and it’s important that they know it’s the musical version.”
Carrie and her fellow cast members Stephen Moyer, Audra McDonald, Christian Borle and Laura Benanti have been rehearsing for weeks on end, but Carrie tells us she is still anxious about one part of the show. “I’m already nervous about dancing. I mean, not like dancing dancing, but we do the traditional Austrian folk dance. I’m nervous about that, and I know that’s probably not even a very, like . . . you wouldn’t even think about that.” The Sound of Music Live! soundtrack is currently in stores. The DVD will be released on December 17th.