THE MAKING OF THE SOUND OF MUSIC Behind The Scenes Special Airs 11/27
A new hour-long special tracing the casting, rehearsals, soundtrack recording and overall production of NBC's upcoming live telecast of Rodgers & Hammerstein's classic family-friendly musical THE SOUND OF MUSIC is now set to air a week before the live telecast itself.
Featuring a look behind the scenes and showcasing the starry assortment of actors assembled for the TV event - Carrie Underwood, Stephen Moyer, Audra McDonald, Laura Benanti and Christian Borle included - the new special will be the ideal appetizer not only to Thanksgiving festivities The Following day, but, also, the big show itself coming the Thursday after that, on December 5.
THE MAKING OF THE SOUND OF MUSIC will air on November 27 at 8 PM on NBC.
The official description of THE SOUND OF MUSIC soundtrack and live TV event is as follows: "Sony Masterworks proudly releases the companion soundtrack to NBC's live broadcast of "The Sound of Music," based on the classic stage musical. The three-hour live production, starring six-time Grammy Award winner Carrie Underwood as Maria von Trapp, will air December 5. The cast also includes 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 onetime fiancee. "The Sound of Music" Music From the NBC Television Event features studio recordings of all the musical numbers performed 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 1930's 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 for best musical. The 1965 film adaptation won the Oscar for best picture."
See my 2013 InDepth InterView with Craig Zadan & Neil Meron about THE SOUND OF MUSIC and much, much more from earlier this year, available here.