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The special promises to take viewers into the recording studio with stars Carrie Underwood and Stephen Moyer as they record the companion soundtrack to the Dec. 5 special live presentation of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic.
"The Making of The Sound of Music Live!" also focuses on the casting and rehearsal process of the anticipated live event.
The three-hour Dec. 5 live telecast will feature six-time Grammy winner Underwood as Maria and “True Blood” star Moyer as Capt. Georg von Trapp with Tony Award winners Audra McDonald (Mother Abbess), Laura Benanti (Elsa Schrader) and Christian Borle (Max Dettweiler).
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 Rodgers 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 creative team includes production designer Derek McLane, art director Kevin Rupnik and assistant art director Aimee Dombo.
The Sound of Music Live! is produced by Universal Television.
View an extended teaser below: