Perhaps this Maria comes from the Southern Alps.
Producers of a new television version of the musical "The Sound of Music" have announced that country star and "American Idol" winner Carrie Underwood has been chosen to play Maria von Trapp in the production.
We know she can sing, but now we'll find out if she can act.
Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, producers of the TV series "Smash," the film "Chicago" and previous TV versions of the musicals "Annie" and "Gypsy," announced plans last summer to present the stage version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic live on television. It is expected to air sometime next year, possibly during the holiday season, on NBC.
In a statement the producers said that Underwood will help a new generation to fall in love with the show "for the first time as many millions of people already have."
Since she won "American Idol" in 2005, Underwood has enjoyed meteoric success, selling more than 15 million albums. She has done a little acting, but this role would be a major debut for the singing star.
Meron and Zadan said that they wanted to do the show live to make it a special event on television and to clearly separate it from the perennial film version that stars Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. No other casting has been announced.