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Carrie Underwood in Intense Rehearsals for "The Sound of Music," Gets Thumbs Up from Julie Andrews

Image courtesy of Arista Nashville (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Arista Nashville (via ABC News Radio)

Carrie Underwood wrapped up her massive Blown Away tour earlier this year, and now she's extremely busy yet again preparing for her role in NBC's The Sound of Music .  The three-hour production airs live this December featuring Carrie in the lead role of Maria von Trapp .  Intense rehearsals just started in New York City, but Carrie has been preparing for this gig for a few months now.

Looking forward, Carrie says, "We'll be doing stuff every single day.  It's gonna be very time-consuming and challenging, but it's gonna be very worth it, too.  I definitely believe that."

While Carrie has done a little acting in the past few years, she's never carried a big three-hour production like this one before. That's why she's working so hard to get it right.

"I gotta learn lines," Carrie says. "I gotta learn staging.  I gotta know when I'm changing my costume.  I'm gonna have to learn some dance steps here and there.  That one's a whole different animal."

Carrie recently got a big nod of approval from Julie Andrews , who played Maria in the iconic 1965 film version of The Sound of Music .

Speaking about Carrie's casting as Maria, Julie tells BroadwayWorld.com , "I think she's great.  It's going to be the original show, I believe, and I think after 40 or 50 years it's probably time somebody else had a crack at it."

NBC's The Sound of Music airs December 5 on NBC.

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