Carrie Underwood stars in 'Sound of Music' live on NBC this Thursday

Carrie Underwood stars in the role of Maria von Trapp in NBC's live broadcast of "The Sound of Music," based on the original Broadway musical.

The live telecast of "The Sound of Music" is #LiveOnKMTR this Thursday, December 5, at 8 p.m.

NBC is partnering with the "Smash" producing team of Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (film versions of the Oscar-winning "Chicago" and "Hairspray") for "The Sound of Music." The pair also is producing the upcoming "85th Annual Academy Awards."

"The Sound of Music," set in pre-WWII Austria, 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 Captain von Trapp's seven children and finds herself falling in love with her employer and questioning her religious calling.

"The Sound of Music" premiered on Broadway in 1959, where it broke box-office records and won the Tony Award for Best Musical.

The 1965 film version won the Best Picture Oscar.

"The Sound of Music" features a libretto by Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse and a score by Richard Rodgers (music) and Oscar Hammerstein II (lyrics) that includes "My Favorite Things," "Do-Re-Mi," "Edelweiss," and "So Long, Farewell."