NBC’s Chairman of Entertainment, Robert Greenblatt, said in a statement, “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. She was an iconic woman who will now be played by an iconic artist.”
The producers of the special, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, also weighed in. “We’re thrilled to be presenting the Broadway version of ‘The Sound of Music’ live. Having Carrie Underwood as the star brings it to a new generation who will fall in love with it for the first time as many millions of people already have. It’s a particular joy to us as producers to see this amazing artist stretch into new territory with this classic musical.”
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