The hills are indeed alive this week as six-time GRAMMY® winner Carrie Underwood prepares for her much-anticipated performance as Maria in NBC’s three-hour television production, The Sound of Music Live!, based on the original musical.

In advance of Thursday’s live broadcast, Sony Masterworks releases the companion soundtrack, “The Sound of Music” — Music from the NBC Television Event, featuring studio recordings for all of the musical numbers performed by the cast in the live broadcast, including such Rodgers & Hammerstein favorites as “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” and the classic title track. Soundtrack available HERE.

Also starring TV and theater star Stephen Moyer and Tony Award winners Audra McDonald, Christian Borle and Laura Benanti, The Sound of Music Live! will air from 8 – 11 PM ET on December 5, on NBC, and will be released on DVD on December 17.

Also in the spirit of the season and one of the show’s most famous songs, “My Favorite Things,” Carrie and her fans are gathering online to share some of their own favorite things. Continuing through the last Friday of December, fans can post photos or videos on Instagram using the hashtag #FavoriteThingsFridays, and selected posts each week will be featured on Facebook.com/CarrieUnderwood. For complete details, and to view the submissions – including Carrie’s postings of her own favorite things – visit www.FavoriteThingsFridays.com.

Carrie’s “favorite things” are now in the spotlight on Gilt City, which highlights experiences inspired by Carrie in 11 major cities, together with a Gilt StyleFile interview, online here.

Fans can also look for Underwood on the cover of the December 9 issue of Country Weekly (on stands now), with an exclusive interview and feature about The Sound of Music Live!