The Sound of Music

THE SOUND OF MUSIC LIVE ON NBC

Now you can enjoy NBC’s 2013 Live broadcast of The Sound of Music, based on the original Broadway musical. Carrie Underwood and Stephen Moyer star as Maria and Captain von Trapp in this beloved story of the young novice who falls in love with Captain von Trapp and his seven children, set against the backdrop of Nazi-occupied Austria. The Sound of Music contains some of the most famous songs ever written for the stage, including "The Sound of Music," "My Favorite Things," "Do-Re-Mi," "Sixteen Going on Seventeen," "Climb Every Mountain" and "Edelweiss." This new version of is a faithful adaptation of the original stage musical, retelling the story for a whole new generation.

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About The Sound of Music

The Sound of Music was written in 1959 by Rodgers and Hammerstein, and Russell Crouse and Howard Lindsay. The basis of this musical was an autobiography of Maria Von Trapp and the West German film, "The Trapp Family." It won the Tony Award for Best Musical. The Sound of Music was the last musical Rodgers and Hammerstein wrote. Hammerstein died of cancer nine months after the Broadway premiere. The original Broadway production starred Mary Martin and Theodore Bikel, which opened on November 16, 1959... read more about The Sound of Music

The Sound of Music Facts

When the musical was adapted as a movie in 1965, it starred Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. It won five Academy Awards.

NBC’s 2013 three-hour live production stars six-time Grammy Award winner Carrie Underwood as Maria von Trapp and Stephen Moyer ("True Blood") as Capt. Georg von Trapp. The cast also includes Audra McDonald ("Private Practice"), who has won five Tony Awards and two Grammys, as Mother Abbess; Tony Award winner Christian Borle ("Smash") as von Trapp family friend Max Detweiler; and Tony winner Laura Benanti ("Go On"), as Elsa Schrader, the captain’s onetime fiancée.

Brooks Atkinson of The New York Times gave a mixed assessment. He praised Mary Martin's performance, saying "she still has the same common touch ... same sharp features, goodwill, and glowing personality that makes music sound intimate and familiar" and stated that "the best of The Sound of Music is Rodgers and Hammerstein in good form". But he said that the libretto "has the hackneyed look of the musical theatre replaced with Oklahoma! in 1943. It is disappointing to see the American musical stage succumbing to the clichés of operetta."

The basis of the musical is the memoirs of Maria Von Trapp.

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