Eddie Korbich and Audra McDonald in Carousel, 1994
Photo by Joan Marcus
The three-hour Dec. 5 live 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 McDonald (Mother Abbess), Benanti (Elsa Schrader) and 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.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.