Stephen Moyer Impressed By Carrie Underwood's Yodeling in NBC'S THE SOUND OF MUSIC
In an interview with Parade, True Blood star Stephen Moyer talked about preparing for NBC's upcoming live SOUND OF MUSIC broadcast, in which he stars as Capt. Georg von Trapp opposite Carrie Underwood as Maria.
"I hope our version will stand out in its own way," he said. "It's a different beast. And it's live - anything can happen. I'm thinking about doing a pratfall to prove it's live." When asked if Underwood had impressed him, Moyer responded: "She sings the bejesus out of 'Lonely Goatherd.' It's pretty amazing to hear her hit that yodeling."
Read the full interview here.
NBC's highly anticipated presentation of "The Sound of Music Live!" will air on Thursday, Dec. 5 (8 PM ET).
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.
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.