PHOTO CALL: Carrie Underwood, Stephen Moyer, Audra McDonald, Laura Benanti, Christian Borle and Cast Prepare for The Sound of Music Live!

By Matthew Blank
05 Dec 2013

The upcoming television broadcast of The Sound of Music Live!, starring Grammy Award winner Carrie Underwood, will be presented Dec. 5 beginning at 8 PM ET. Here is a further look at the final rehearsals.



The three-hour telecast will feature six-time Grammy winner Underwood as Maria and “True Blood” star Stephen Moyer as Capt. Georg von Trapp with Tony Award winners Audra McDonald (Mother Abbess), Laura Benanti (Elsa Schrader) and Christian Borle (Max Dettweiler).



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Laura Benanti as Elsa Schraeder, Stephen Moyer as Captain Von Trapp and Christian Borle as Max Detweiler
Photo by Giovanni Rufino/NBC



The young cast set to play the von Trapp children are Ariane Rinehart (Liesl), Michael Nigro (Fredrich), Ella Watts-Gorman (Louisa), Joe West (Kurt), Sophia Caruso (Brigitta), Grace Rundhaug (Marta) and Peyton Ella as young Gretl.

The live TV version of the Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein II musical is based on the original 1959 Broadway production of The Sound of Music, starring Mary Martin and Theodore Bikel, with a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. The iconic story, according to NBC, "centers on a young woman who leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the seven children of a naval officer widower."

The Sound of Music Live! is executive-produced by Neil Meron and Craig Zadan. Beth McCarthy-Miller and Rob Ashford serve as co-directors.

The Sound of Music Live! is produced by Universal Television.