OFFSTAGE: Carrie Underwood: “I’m Not Off”

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If you think you know Carrie Underwood’s schedule, think again. The busy country superstar may not have a tour stop scheduled every minute of every single day, but that doesn’t mean she’s got an empty “to-do” list. “People look at my tour schedule and see that I’m not touring, so everybody thinks I’m off. I’m not off,” she laughed during a recent radio interview. Underwood only has six tour stops between now and the middle of September, but you can’t let that fool you. She says she has “a lot of stuff to do” to get ready for the television production of The Sound of Music. “That’s something that’s coming up in the fall, but I have a lot to do on my own before we all get together and we all start buckling down and really preparing and running through things,” she said. Underwood’s performance on The Sound of Music will air live Dec. 5 on NBC.