This Thursday night, every musical theatre lover gets the best seat in the house for NBC’s original production of The Sound of Music. What everyone will see, on that night only, hasn’t been attempted since CBS presented Julie Andrews in Cinderella live, more than fifty years ago. On Thursday, December 5th the nation will be able to watch together as 37 musicians, 12 camera operators, and a cast that could probably never be assembled for a long run, hopes to get it right this one time. Or as cast member Christian Borle describes it: “It’s our previews, press and opening night, all rolled into one.”
The cast includes Carrie Underwood as Maria, who sets aside her country sound for the musical stylings of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Stephen Moyer, best known for the “True Blood” series, as Captain Von Trapp, Broadway veterans Audra McDonald as Mother Abbess, Christian Borle as Max, Laura Benanti as Baroness Elsa Schrader and, of course, Rolf and the Von Trapp children, played by an engaging group of young talent.
We’ve got NBC’s First Look video, which begins 12 weeks out with the casting of the children and leads you through rehearsals in a Manhattan studio to the day the mountain arrived at Grumman Studio’s Stage 3, the cast’s first view of the huge sets at the Long Island, NY. studio, to the final week of technical rehearsals when, as Moyer, thinking ahead to Thursday’s one time only performance realized “Once you say the lines, they’re gone forever.”
The Sound of Music Live! can be seen on NBC, Thursday, December 5 at 8pm in our area, 7pm central time.