Photo Flash: Carrie Underwood, Audra McDonald & More Celebrate at NBC's SOUND OF MUSIC LIVE! Wrap Party
NBC's THE SOUND OF MUSIC LIVE! aired last December 5; and it's all the theatre world has been talking about since. Below, check out a photo from the wrap party, in fact, it's the very first photo taken on the sound stage after the broadcast! The special, which premiered to record ratings, will be released on DVD on Dec. 17, 2013.
The cast featured country star Carrie Underwood as Maria, Audra McDonald ("Private Practice"), who has won five Tony Awards and two Grammys, as Mother Abbess; Stephen Moyer ("True Blood") as Capt. Georg von Trapp; Tony Award winner Christian Borle ("Smash") as von Trapp family friend Max Detweiler; and scene-stealing Tony winner Laura Benanti ("Go On") as Elsa Schrader, the captain's one-time fiancee.
"The Sound of Music Live!" dominated the night with NBC's best 18-49 Thursday average, excluding sports, since the night of the "ER" finale (5.2, April 2, 2009). In total viewers, this is NBC's best Thursday average excluding sports since May 13, 2004 ("Frasier" finale night, 22.597 million viewers).
"The Sound of Music," music from the NBC Television event, is also now available, including studio recordings for all of the musical numbers that were 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 were Neil Meron and Craig Zadan ("Smash," "The Academy Awards"). Directors were Rob Ashford ("Evita") and Beth McCarthy-Miller ("30 Rock"). David Chase ("Cinderella") served as musical director.