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carrie underwood is maria von trapp

NBC's ambitious three-hour 'Sound of Music Live!' stage event aired last night and this morning's reviews suggest that Carrie Underwood is a far better singer than she is an actress.

Early Nielsen figures show 18.5 million viewers turned in, the network's biggest Thursday audience (excluding football) since 2004.

The former 'American Idol' winner was thrilled to have it behind her.  She tweeted, "Glory to God tonight...I couldn't be more proud.  What a tough thing to pull off and we did it!  I am so blessed!!!"

The Hollywood Reporter: "The production itself came off without a hitch -- no easy feat with so many moving parts and opportunities for blown lines or staircase stumbles.  Without Underwood and Moyer selling us on their legendary love story, 'The Sound of Music Live' plays like very expensive karaoke."

Variety: "It's hard not to root for this earnest adaptation to enjoy a measure of success, if only to encourage networks to continue to brave such events.  In terms of feeling like this production genuinely delivered, that's one mountain 'The Sound of Music Live!' just couldn't climb."

New York Daily News: "The production itself was bathed in warm colors and had an engaging look, somewhere between theater and film.  If there wasn't the soaring exhilaration of a Broadway product, it felt more than a TV show."

ABC News: "Somehow the cast and crew of NBC's three-hour live telecast pulled it off with only a trodden-on dress, some inconsistent sound levels and a flubbed few words.  Underwood got us to watch, yet it was Borle, Benanti and McDonald who showed the world how to hold a moonbeam in your hand."

TV Line asked their readers to take a 'morning after' poll.  So far 21.7 percent deemed it Excellent, 28.5 percent claim it was Very Good, and a full 25 percent consider it OK.  That leaves 24 percent who gave it a Subpar or Fail rating.

As much as we wanted to seriously love the three-hour production, it is clear that Carrie Underwood as Maria and Stephen Moyer as Captain von Trapp did not have chemistry.

We think the Daily Beast got it right with their assessment: "The experience of watching 'The Sound of Music Live!' was a bit of an exhausting one.  Not a bad one.  Not a good one.  But one that took energy."

"Though the country singer was nowhere near perfect, it's the least we can do to drop any cynicism over the project and harsh reaction to the execution of it and appreciate the huge gamble and brave undertaking it was to reanimate those mountains."

Photo:  Twitter-Sound of Music Live!

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carrie underwood is maria von trapp

The much-anticipated live television production of Rodgers' and Hammerstein's 'The Sound of Music' airs Thursday, Dec. 5 on NBC.

Carrie Underwood stars as Maria von Trapp in the three-hour holiday event two days after the soundtrack was released by Sony Masterworks.  The CD features a playlist of 22 songs that will be sung live tonight.

The country singer had to shed her twang to become the 1938 persona of a nun turned governess who helps to restore Captain Georg von Trapp's relationship with his seven spirited children.

Co-starring with the former 'American Idol' winner: Stephen Moyer, Audra McDonald, Laura Benanti, and Christian Borle -- all veterans of Broadway and three of them Tony Award winners.

NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt said in a statement, "Speaking for everyone at NBC, we wouldn't be happier to have the gifted Carrie Underwood take up the mantle of the great Maria von Trapp.  She was an iconic woman who will now be played by an iconic artist."

Underwood tweeted Tuesday, "Incredible run-through of the show tonight!  I'm literally in tears!  Hopefully we can be this great Thurs!  Can't wait! #TheSoundOfMusicLive"

The telecast DVD will be released on December 17, 2013 -- just in time for Christmas.

Check out a short promo clip for tonight's live production:


Photo:  Facebook-Sound of Music
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paisley and underwood spoof obamacare

Co-hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley had some fun with an ObamaCare spoof during the opening of Wednesday night's CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

The former 'Idol' winner kicked off her sixth CMA hosting gig by offering to help her co-host sign up for health insurance on the HealthCare.gov website.

Underwood told Paisley, "I started signing up last Thursday and I'm almost done.  Let's go to the website and get you signed up."

They sat down in chairs as she punched keys on a laptop computer.  He asked, "Why is it spinning?"  She quipped, "Oh, it does that."

Brad inquired, "Why is it smoking?"  Looking perplexed, she responded, "Maybe we should restart it."

They broke into a special rendition of George Strait's 'Amarillo By Morning,' with a different set of lyrics:

"Obamacare by morning - why is this taking so long?  I'm going to end up with hemorrhoids - If I sit here 'til dawn.  We'll have cataracts and dementia, this is gettin' on our last nerve.  ObamaCare by morning, over six people served."

The audience loved the sketch as seen in the video below:


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5 inch heels and a long shirt dont get along

Country singer Carrie Underwood took a dive on stage Thursday night while performing at a concert in Texas.

The former 'Idol' winner was singing 'Undo It' for the crowd when her long top got hooked up on her spike heels.  She fell backward and continued to croon without missing a beat, while her backside was firmly planted on the stage floor.

Carrie does seem to favor long flowing garments that trail down to the floor and are open in the front to showcase her gorgeous, long legs.

She hit Twitter and joked, "Hey, remember that time in Corpus Christi when that girl busted her butt on stage?! Hilarious! Oh wait, that was me! #5inchheels #klutz."

Underwood later posted a photo that she captioned, "Good news, it's not broken...AND I got some new footwear!"

new footwear

Her pal Brad Paisley tweeted a clip showing the tumble with a little snark attached, "The graceful, the nimble, the cat-like reflexes of Carrie Underwood!"

Check out the video below:


She isn't the only accident prone member of the family.  Her husband Mike Fisher had a run in with a pesky chipmunk a week ago and was featured in a little home video that his wife flaunted on Twitter - with her personal narration of the entire event.


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carrie underwood and mike fisher

Country singer Carrie Underwood's husband Mike Fisher was attacked by a chipmunk who objected with a vengeance when the athlete snatched it off the floor in the couple's bathroom.

The award-winning songstress posted a video on her Vine page of the entire ordeal. She narrated, "A squirrel got into our house," but was promptly corrected by Fisher, 33, who informed her it was a garden variety chipmunk.

The former NHLer grabbed the animal around its middle with the intention of dropping it into a plastic container for a trip outside.  It began squealing, which prompted Underwood to plead, "Don't hurt it." -  watch that here.

In a second Vine video posted 8 minutes later, Carrie, Mike, and their dog were in the car on the way to see a doctor.  She can be heard saying  "Mikey, show me your hand."  He promptly showing off two red bite marks while lamenting, "Newfound respect for the mighty chipmunk."

Underwood tweeted afterward, "The chipmunk is back outside where it belongs!  Chipmunk 1, @mikefisher1212's hand 0."

Fisher hit social media too, "Turleman'd a chipmunk in the bathroom.  They have more bite force than I thought and sick vertical too!"

Check out the video below of Mike's bites. Turn mute off  in order to hear the clip:


Photo Credit: WENN

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carrie underwood rocks with rolling stones

Carrie Underwood hit Twitter over the weekend to share a couple of noteworthy tidbits with her 1.7 million followers -- including the fact that she jumped at the chance to rock out with The Rolling Stones on Saturday night in Canada.

The Oklahoma native tweeted, "8 years ago today, I won @AmericanIdol and tonight, I sang with the @RollingStones! Wow, so much has happened! #Thankful."

Underwood hooked up with the Stones during their 50 & Counting Tour show at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto and performed 'It's Only Rock & Roll' with Mick Jagger.

Before taking the stage she made a Twitter prediction, "I'm pretty sure tonight is going to be one of the greatest nights of my life!  Still can't believe it!  Just had rehearsals.  The guys are so great.  They made this country girl feel right at home!  Holy Cow!"

The extracurricular singing gig took place a few days after Carrie donated $1 million to the American Red Cross -- earmarking the funds for Oklahoma tornado relief.

Check out the video below:


 Photo:  Twitter-Carrie Underwood
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carrie underwood will donate blown away tour proceeds

Oklahoma native Carrie Underwood is putting her money where her heart is with a $1 million donation to the American Red Cross.  The funds have been earmarked for disaster relief efforts in her tornado ravaged state.

According to her rep, Underwood's charitable contribution will come from proceeds earned during her year long 'Blown Away Tour,' that wrapped this week.

The former 'American Idol' winner issued this statement, "I have watched the devastation in my home state of Oklahoma over the past several days with great sadness.  With the help of my fans who attended my concerts over the past year, we can offer the Red Cross a little extra help in comforting those affected by the recent tornado."

Red Cross executive officer Neal Litvack acknowledged the generous donation:  "The impact of the tornados in Oklahoma and the Midwest was devastating and the road to recovery will be long for many families.  Through the generosity of Carrie, the American Red Cross can quickly respond with shelter, food and comfort now, and with lasting help as they move toward recovery."

NBC will host a benefit concert next week that has been spearheaded by Oklahoma native Blake Shelton.

Photo:  WENN

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carrie underwood tapped for sunday night football theme song

Faith Hill is out and Carrie Underwood is in to sing the theme song for Sunday Night Football during the 2013 football season on NBC.

The veteran country singer is passing the torch to the former 'American Idol' winner who will put her own spin on 'Waiting All Day for Sunday Night.'

According to producer Fred Gaudelli, it didn't take him long to come up with a Plan B after Hill informed him in February that she was stepping down.

He admits that Underwood was the first performer that came to mind when NBC first broadcast the Sunday night NFL games in 2006.

The 'Blown Away' singer said during a conference call, "For me, it just always seemed like something that would be fun to do.  To watch Faith do it week after week, to see that hype for the game, it's something that's so cool."

Photo:  WENN

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carrie underwood to star in sound of music

NBC is currently developing a three-hour television movie remake of the iconic 'The Sound of Music' and the starring role was handed to talented country singer Carrie Underwood.

Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment said, "Speaking for everyone at NBC, we couldn't be happier to have the gifted Carrie Underwood take up the mantle of the great Maria von Trapp.  She was an iconic woman who will now be played by an iconic artist."

The 1965 Oscar-winning film 'The Sound of Music' featured Julie Andrews.  She was awarded a Golden Globe and nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Actress category.

During the 2007 CBS special Movies Rock, relative newbie Underwood got an opportunity to try out those famous lyrics that continue to move every generation to climb mountains of their own.

The made for TV movie will premiere sometime during the 2013 holiday season.

Check out Carrie's five-year-old rendition below:


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cma music feastival 21 wenn3934644

Country sweetheart Carrie Underwood was rocking a patriotic look last night during a CMA Festival concert in Nashville.

The former American Idol winner hit the stage in a sparkly stars and stripes tank top over a pair of glitzy daisy duke-inspired shorts.

carrie rocks her patriotism in flag shirt

She tweeted in the wee hours, "Just had the most amazing time on stage at LP Field at the#CMAfest!  Thanks to all who stayed up late to party!"

We know it's a little early for our annual 4th of July photo gallery of patriot celebrities decked out in their American flag wear.  Since it seems to lend itself to the matter at hand we've provided the link.  Enjoy!

Stars and Stripes Bikini Parade

Photos:  Judy Eddy-WENN

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