Carrie Underwood is about to step into the role of a lifetime. On Dec. 5, the multi-platinum recording artist will debut in NBC's live broadcast of "The Sound of Music," starring Stephen Moyer ("True Blood") as Captain Von Trapp, Audra McDonald (as Mother Abbess), Laura Benanti (Elsa Schraeder) and Christian Borle (Max Detweiler). As a live re-telling of the original 1959 Broadway stage show, Underwood tells the Associated Press that she's nervous that she'll be doing something she's never done before.
She soon realized, however, that "none of us have. This is live show on TV. So this is definitely a challenge for all of us."
Taking on the iconic portrayal of Maria Von Trapp is an unimaginable task, and Underwood equates the final product like "going to a Broadway show, but you're in your living room."
Feeling the pressure of the live show, the singer-songwriter reveals that she arrived in New York City to begin rehearsals three weeks early. She explains, "I wanted to be here and have all my lines memorized and everything and be ready for it. It's been really wonderful. Audra and Laura are incredible. Stephen's great. It's nice to be surrounded by that much talent."
Underwood's fall, in general, is going to be rather busy. In a few weeks, the singer will co-host the 47th Annual CMA Awards, alongside Brad Paisley, for the sixth year running. Nominated for three honors (including Female Vocalist and Album of the Year), Underwood has her role as witty sidekick down to an exact science. "You never know what's going to happen with us hosting," she quips, "I think being nominated — especially when hosting the CMA's — you just never know."
The CMA Awards go live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 6 and will be broadcast on the ABC Network.