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Photo Flash: First look - NBC's SOUND OF MUSIC Von Trapp Children in Costume & More!

NBC has shared a first look of the Von Trapp family children in their costumes as well as other new images from the highly anticipated live presentation of "The Sound of Music Live!" on Thursday, Dec. 5 (8 PM ET). Share the laughter, the joy and the memorable music!

The cast features Audra McDonald ("Private Practice"), who has won five Tony Awards and two Grammys, as Mother Abbess; Stephen Moyer ("True Blood"), who will play Capt. Georg von Trapp; Tony Award winner Christian Borle ("Smash"), who will portray von Trapp family friend Max Detweiler; and Tony winner Laura Benanti ("Go On"), who will portray Elsa Schrader, the captain's one-time fiancee.

"The Sound of Music," music from the NBC Television event, will include studio recordings for all of the musical numbers that are performed by the cast members in the live broadcast, including Rodgers and Hammerstein favorites "The Sound of Music," "My Favorite Things," "Do-Re-Mi," "Sixteen Going on Seventeen" and "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," among others.

Executive producers for the telecast are Neil Meron and Craig Zadan ("Smash," "The Academy Awards"). Directors are Rob Ashford ("Evita") and Beth McCarthy-Miller ("30 Rock"). David Chase ("Cinderella") serves as musical director.The soundtrack is licensed through the NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products Group.

"The Sound of Music," set in the 1930s before and during "Anschluss" when the Nazi's annexed Austria, is based on the romantic true story of Maria von Trapp, an aspiring nun who leaves the abbey to become a governess for the widower Capt. von Trapp's seven children. She soon finds herself falling in love with her employer and questioning her religious calling. It premiered on Broadway in 1959 where it broke box-office records and won the Tony Award forBest Musical. The 1965 film adaptation won the Oscar for Best Picture.

Photos by: Paul Drinkwater/Giovanni Rufino/NBC


THE SOUND OF MUSIC LIVE! -- Rehearsal -- (l-r, back) Ariane Rinehart as Liesl, Michael Nigro as Friedrich, Ella Watts-Gorman as Louisa, Joe West as Kurt; (l-r, front) Sophia Anne Caruso as Brigitta, Grace Rundhaug as Marta, Peyton Ella as Gretl


THE SOUND OF MUSIC LIVE! -- Rehearsal -- (l-r, back) Ariane Rinehart as Liesl, Michael Nigro as Friedrich, Ella Watts-Gorman as Louisa, Joe West as Kurt; (l-r, front) Sophia Anne Caruso as Brigitta, Grace Rundhaug as Marta, Peyton Ella as Gretl


Stephen Moyer as Captain Georg Von Trapp


Stephen Moyer as Captain Georg Von Trapp


THE SOUND OF MUSIC LIVE! - (l-r) 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, Sophia Anne Caruso as Brigitta, Ella Watts-Gorman as Luisa, Peyton Ella as Gretl


THE SOUND OF MUSIC LIVE! (l-r) Carrie Underwood as Maria, Stephen Moyer as Georg Von Trapp --

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