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Julie Andrews Misses SOUND OF MUSIC LIVE Broadcast

Although she had given the thumbs up to NBC's SOUND OF MUSIC LIVE! broadcast, legendary actress Julie Andrews revealed last night that she missed last Thursday night's presentation.

While on the red carpet for the premiere of Disney's 'Saving Mr. Banks,' Andrews, who starred in the iconic role of Maria in the 1965 Academy Award-winning film adaptation of the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic, explained, "Alas, I did not (see it). I had a speaking engagement and I couldn't." Yet quickly added, "But my kids did record it. I'll get around to it."

Last month, BWW reported that Andrews strongly approved of the casting of country singer Carrie Underwood in the lead role of the TV project. "I think she's great," affirmed Andrews who was nominated for an Oscar and a Bafta for her performance as the iconic governess. "It's going to be the original show, I believe, and I think after 40 or 50 years it's probably time somebody else had a crack at it."

The live broadcast proved to be a ratings bonanza for NBC. Yesterday, the network announced that they will soon begin work on a second live broadcast of a musical, set to air in 2014.

The Sound of Music" was presented as a live three-hour broadcast on December 5 on NBC. Five-time Grammy winner Carrie Underwood starred in the coveted role of Maria Von Trapp. Acclaimed British actor Stephen Moyer, best known to U.S. audiences for his role as Bill Compton in HBO's "True Blood, portrayed decorated World War I hero Capt. Georg Von Trapp.

From Universal Television, "The Sound of Music" was executive produced by Neil Meron and Craig Zadan. Beth McCarthy-Miller and Rob Ashford served as directors. The live holiday production was based on the original 1959 Broadway production of "The Sound of Music," which starred Mary Martin and Theodore Bikel. The play won the Tony Award as best musical and Martin won as best actress.

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