Carrie Underwood will be featured on the companion soundtrack album to NBC's upcoming live production of The Sound of Music.
The album will be released Dec. 3 by Sony Masterworks, Sony Music Entertainment's division specializing in classical music, opera and Broadway musicals. The three-hour live production will air Dec. 5.
The Sound of Music -- Music From the NBC Television Event will include studio recordings for all of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical numbers that will be performed by the cast members in the live broadcast, including classics such as "The Sound of Music," "My Favorite Things," "Do-Re-Mi," "Sixteen Going on Seventeen" and "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," among others.
Underwood has the starring role of Maria von Trapp. The cast also includes Audra McDonald (Private Practice), who has won five Tony Awards and two Grammys and Stephen Moyer (True Blood), who will play Capt. Georg von Trapp. Other performers include Tony Award winners Christian Borle (Smash) and Laura Benanti (Go On).
The Sound of Music is set in the 1930s before and during Anschluss when the Nazis annexed Austria. The production is based on the romantic true story of Maria von Trapp, an aspiring nun who leaves the abbey to become a governess for the widower Capt. von Trapp's seven children. She soon finds herself falling in love with her employer and questioning her religious calling.
The Sound of Music premiered on Broadway in 1959, breaking box office records and winning the Tony Award for best musical. The 1965 film adaptation starring Julie Andrews won the Oscar for best picture.