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Photo and Video Preview: NBC's THE SOUND OF MUSIC Live Special Airs Tonight at 8pm!

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Tonight's the night! The hills will be alive across the country tonight when NBC airs its live television special of The Sound of Music (8 PM ET). We've been counting down the hours until the event, and now that it is finally here, we've gathered some special preview photos and videos below!

Plus, be sure to check out interviews with Christian Borle and Laura Benanti, and meet Maria, Captain Von Trapp, The Mother Abbess, Elsa, and Max.

Starring country music star Carrie Underwood as 'Maria,' 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.

"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.

Photo Credit: Will Hart/Paul Drinkwater/Giovani Rufino/NBC

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Photo and Video Preview: NBC's THE SOUND OF MUSIC Live Special Airs Tonight at 8pm!
Carrie Underwood

Photo and Video Preview: NBC's THE SOUND OF MUSIC Live Special Airs Tonight at 8pm!
Stephen Moyer, Carrie Underwood

Photo and Video Preview: NBC's THE SOUND OF MUSIC Live Special Airs Tonight at 8pm!
Jessica Molasky as Sister Berthe, Elena Shaddow as Sister Sophia, Audra McDonald as Mother Abbess, Christiane Noll as Sister Margaretta

Photo and Video Preview: NBC's THE SOUND OF MUSIC Live Special Airs Tonight at 8pm!
Carrie Underwood as Maria with Joe West as Kurt, Ella Watts as Louisa, Sophia Caruso as Brigitta, Ariane Rhinehart as Liesl, Michael Nigro as Fredrich

Photo and Video Preview: NBC's THE SOUND OF MUSIC Live Special Airs Tonight at 8pm!
Stephen Moyer, Carrie Underwood

Photo and Video Preview: NBC's THE SOUND OF MUSIC Live Special Airs Tonight at 8pm!
Stephen Moyer

Photo and Video Preview: NBC's THE SOUND OF MUSIC Live Special Airs Tonight at 8pm!
Stephen Moyer, Carrie Underwood

Photo and Video Preview: NBC's THE SOUND OF MUSIC Live Special Airs Tonight at 8pm!
Carrie Underwood, Stephen Moyer

Photo and Video Preview: NBC's THE SOUND OF MUSIC Live Special Airs Tonight at 8pm!
Carrie Underwood

Photo and Video Preview: NBC's THE SOUND OF MUSIC Live Special Airs Tonight at 8pm!
Stephen Moyer, Carrie Underwood

Photo and Video Preview: NBC's THE SOUND OF MUSIC Live Special Airs Tonight at 8pm!
Joe West as Kurt, Ella Watts-Gorman as Louisa, Sophia Ann Caruso as Brigitta, Carrie Underwood as Maria, Grace Rundhaug as Marta, Michael Nigro as Friedrich, Peyton Ella as Gretl, Ariane Rinehart as Liesl

Photo and Video Preview: NBC's THE SOUND OF MUSIC Live Special Airs Tonight at 8pm!
Carrie Underwood and cast

Photo and Video Preview: NBC's THE SOUND OF MUSIC Live Special Airs Tonight at 8pm!
Jessica Molaskey as Sister Berthe, Audra McDonald as Mother Abess, Christiane Noll as Sister Margaretta

Photo and Video Preview: NBC's THE SOUND OF MUSIC Live Special Airs Tonight at 8pm!
Carrie Underwood

Photo and Video Preview: NBC's THE SOUND OF MUSIC Live Special Airs Tonight at 8pm!
Laura Benanti as Elsa Schraeder, Stephen Moyer as Captain Von Trapp, Christian Borle as Max Detweiler

Photo and Video Preview: NBC's THE SOUND OF MUSIC Live Special Airs Tonight at 8pm!
Ariane Rinehart as Liesl, Michael Nigro as Friedrich, Joe West as Kurt, Ella Watts-Gorman as Louisa; Sophia Grace Caruso as Brigitta, Grace Rundhaug as Marta, Peyton Ella as Gretl

Photo and Video Preview: NBC's THE SOUND OF MUSIC Live Special Airs Tonight at 8pm!
Stephen Moyer, Carrie Underwood

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