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Carrie Underwood will play Maria von Trapp in NBC's 'The Sound of Music'

Carrie Underwood will take on the part famously portrayed by Julie Andrews in the 1965 film.

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Carrie Underwood became a well-known singer after winning the Fox reality singing competition 'American Idol' in 2005.

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Carrie Underwood will star in NBC's live broadcast of "The Sound of Music" late next year.

A news release says the former "American Idol" champion and Grammy-winning country star will play Maria von Trapp in a live performance based on the musical. It will air around the holidays in 2013.

The role is Underwood's most significant work as an actress yet. She played a small part in the 2011 film "Soul Surfer" and has served as co-host of the Country Music Association Awards for five years.

In von Trapp, she's tackling a beloved character. The Rodgers & Hammerstein musical debuted on Broadway in 1959, and the 1965 film starring Julie Andrews won the best picture Academy Award.

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