Plans for New “Sound of Music”

Katharine McPhee – possibly Maria?

NBC has hired “Smash” executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (who gave us the great musical films “Chicago” and “Hairspray,” plus the TV versions of “The Music Man,” “Annie,” “Cinderella” and “Gypsy” with Bette Midler) to produce a holiday event — a new production of “The Sound of Music.”

Zadan has said, “It’s not our intention to produce a remake of the movie version. That would be artistic blasphemy. What we want to do, instead, is give audiences a completely fresh experience of this great Tony Award-winning stage musical in the form of a classic television event: All the actors will be singing live; there will be no lip-synching to pre-recordings.”

No casting has been announced … hummm, wonder how “Smash” star Katharine McPhee would look in a nun’s habit?