Carrie Underwood, Christian Borle, Laura Benanti, Stephen Moyer and More Share Their Favorite Things from The Sound of Music

By Adam Hetrick
01 Dec 2013

Craig Zadan
Photo by Monica Simoes
The Sound of Music Live! producer Craig Zadan:
What's happened to me during the rehearsal process is that I've learned something new about The Sound of Music that I didn't know before, and that is that the way Rodgers and Hammerstein wrote it originally, it was a much more serious piece. That's not to say that it's not loads of fun, and charming, and adorable, and funny, and lots of other stuff; it is all of that. What I discovered when we started rehearsing the show is that the last part of the show is really serious, dramatic and emotional in a different way, because the whole entrance of the Nazis at the end make it a bit scarier. The way we depict the show is different than the way the movie does and I found that I was really moved by the play in a different way. Not that I wasn't moved by the movie, but in a different way. And as a result, I found that it was a different Sound of Music than I thought I knew. So that became my favorite part, that the whole last part of the show had me on edge, nervous and tense, and that there's a whole other tone to the piece that I didn’t know existed. So that's now become my favorite thing. Especially letting people and a new audience see it and go, "Wow, I didn't realize that the ending was so tense and scary!"

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Stephen Moyer as Captain Georg Von Trapp, Carrie Underwood as Maria with (l-r) Grace Rundhaug as Marta, Joe West as Kurt, Ariane Rinehart as Liesl, Michael Nigro as Friedrich, Ella Watts-Gorman as Luisa and Peyton Ella as Gretl
Photo by Giovanni Rufino/NBC