ABC Family Pays $3 Million for "Sound of Music"

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The cable network ABC Family will pay $3 million for the rights to air the 1965 film "The Sound of Music" for three years, sharing it with its sister broadcast network ABC, Variety reports.

ABC Family's first three primetime runs of the film will be during the evenings of April 6-8 at 7 PM each night.

Beginning with those airings, ABC Family can air the show seven times each year for the next three years, any time between January to September. The ABC network can air the film once a year for the next three years, only from October to December.

"The Sound of Music" has typically only aired on the broadcast networks, first airing on ABC in 1976.

Robert Wise directed Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer in the film, which is based on the Rodgers & Hammerstein Broadway musical and which won the Oscar for Best Picture.

The stage version of The Sound of Music originally premiered on Broadway in 1959, winning six Tony Awards, including Best Musical. A current West End revival of The Sound of Music stars Connie Fisher, who got the part by winning the reality show competition "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?" The musical began previews at the Palladium Nov. 4, 2006, and opened Nov. 14, directed by Jeremy Sams.

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