Carrie Underwood Gets Support For Live Version Of 'Sound Of Music'
It's Carrie Underwood's big gamble—a live TV production of The Sound of Music.
Underwood is playing Maria von Trapp in the beloved musical. It's a role made famous by Julie Andrews in the blockbuster 1965 classic.
Underwood is not exactly a stranger to live TV. The former American Idol winner just hosted the CMA Awards for her sixth time.
"If there is anyone who can do it live, it's Carrie Underwood. Underwood became a star doing live TV," commented TV expert Mary Murphy.
Underwood is getting support from the great Julie Andrews herself. "Doing it live must be so daunting for Carrie," Andrews said, "I do hope it works because she's lovely and I'm a fan. I wish her well."
The live performance is a throwback to another time in TV history, the golden era of the 1950s. Mary Martin starred in several live TV versions of Peter Pan in 1955.
More recently, ER, starring George Clooney and Julianna Margulies, shot a live episode in 1997, 30 Rock went live twice.
Murphy added, "It's a gimmick, it's edgy, it's a thrill, and its also a way to get more attention for the show."
Hopefully, brave Underwood won't have to deal with flubs when she goes live.