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McDonald, Benanti, and Borle Join NBC'S SOUND OF MUSIC

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Audra is the Mother Abbess, Benanti is Elsa Schrader, and Borle is Max Dettweiler.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/sound-music-audra-mcdonald-laura-629903
Tonya Pinkins: Then we had a "Lot's Wife" last June that was my personal favorite. I'm still trying to get them to let me sing it at some performance where we get to sing an excerpt that's gone.
Tony Kushner: You can sing it at my funeral.
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Cast Patti as Liesl and I'll be in heaven!!!
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Wow I did not see that coming at all. That's really fantastic casting. I had forgotten that there were even other roles to be cast with all the talk of Underwood is going to be. I love when Laura get's to play funny, so this is going to be a real treat. And who could beat Audra singing Rodgers and Hammerstein?
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I agree, somethingbypuccini- Benanti as Elsa is particularly inspired (though I fear having her involved will only make Carrie Underwood even less appealing).

Audra's "Climb Every Mountain" is going to be glorious.

They just released this poster as well.

Tonya Pinkins: Then we had a "Lot's Wife" last June that was my personal favorite. I'm still trying to get them to let me sing it at some performance where we get to sing an excerpt that's gone.
Tony Kushner: You can sing it at my funeral.
Updated On: 9/16/13 at 03:32 PM
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This news just made me super excited for December 5th. Benanti can do no wrong in my mind and Audra will be fabulous. Very excited to hear her "Climb Every Mountain"
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AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WELL NOW I'M HAPPY.

They better make a recording just for 'Climb Every Mountain' and 'How Can Love Survive'.
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Good luck to Underwood attempting to play Maria next to Ms. Benanti herself, but Benanti is going to be beyond great as Elsa, though it'll be a crime to have her there without doing any singing, and of course I love the connection to Benanti's own starmaking turn as Maria. Of course Audra is gonna nail her song, I love the supporting cast, maybe Underwood will pull a Reba and surprise everyone...but I doubt it.
"Some people can thrive and bloom living life in a living room, that's perfect for some people of one hundred and five. But I at least gotta try, when I think of all the sights that I gotta see, all the places I gotta play, all the things that I gotta be at"
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Swiss Miss Underwood is amazing and she'll prove it to you.
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^Umm, you do realize Benatti will sing in two songs, one in each act:
How Can Love Survive (which will be here and Borle)
No Way to Stop It (Her, Borle and Von Trapp)
... just as long as they do the Broadway version (original or revival).
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Well, they certainly couldn't get any better supporting players.
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Excellent, I wasn't sure if the Baroness sang in this. That's great.
"Some people can thrive and bloom living life in a living room, that's perfect for some people of one hundred and five. But I at least gotta try, when I think of all the sights that I gotta see, all the places I gotta play, all the things that I gotta be at"
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For those who didn't see it last time it was posted, here is Underwood singing the title song a few years ago.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPUvPT_TiPs
Tonya Pinkins: Then we had a "Lot's Wife" last June that was my personal favorite. I'm still trying to get them to let me sing it at some performance where we get to sing an excerpt that's gone.
Tony Kushner: You can sing it at my funeral.
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I called Borle getting this role about a year ago, and everyone said "No, he's too young." But NBC seems committed, if not to SMASH, to at least its best ensemble players, with Megan Hilty and Christian Borle both appearing in high-ish-profile shows this season now.
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I really want some hot chocolate now.
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Amazing news! Does anyone know where they're filming this?
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They're definitely casting a lot younger than the movie for those roles, but why not?
"Jaws is the Citizen Kane of movies."
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A BLACK Mother Abbess?
No good can possibly come from using this vast wasteland of error and deliberate deceit. You should get off of it and warn others away. You should make sure your children and grandchildren know what a corrupt and morally bankrupt institution it truly is.
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Sutton Ross, they're filming in Studio 8H (the stage for SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE) in 30 Rock.
Tonya Pinkins: Then we had a "Lot's Wife" last June that was my personal favorite. I'm still trying to get them to let me sing it at some performance where we get to sing an excerpt that's gone.
Tony Kushner: You can sing it at my funeral.
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"Amazing news! Does anyone know where they're filming this?"

Seeing as it's a live broadcast, it would probably be on a soundstage in either NY or LA...

ETA: Somethingwicked beat me to it. Thanks!
Updated On: 9/16/13 at 04:05 PM
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Why not? Does race play a part in her role or in the convent?

I would have a problem with one of the kids being black and definitely Rolf the Nazi delivery boy, but other than that ... I don't think it "freaks out" the story.
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Why on Earth would Borle be too young. He is 39; Kurt Kasznar was 41 when he created the role on Broadway and Harold Kasket was 35 when he created the role in London. 39 seems right on par.
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I didn't say they were too young. I said they are a lot younger than the actors were in the film, which they are.

EDIT:

Richard Haydn was 60.
Eleanor Parker was 43.
Peggy Wood was 73.
"Jaws is the Citizen Kane of movies."
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Updated On: 9/16/13 at 04:08 PM
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Sorry, that wasn't directed to anyone specific. It was mentioned that "everyone" was saying Borle was too young. I should have quoted that.
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Maybe because they're used to a 60-year-old Uncle Max in the movie.
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