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NBC to re-air 'Sound of Music Live!' on Saturday

The hills will be alive once again Saturday when NBC re-airs The Sound of Music Live!

The original, live airing last week pulled in more than 18 million viewers, so not surprisingly, NBC has already announced plans to do another live musical next year. For now, fans can re-watch Carrie Underwood’s version on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET.

The cast recording of The Sound of Music Live! is now available, and a DVD version of the performance is being released Dec. 17. A scheduled Saturday airing of It’s a Wonderful Life will now air Friday, Dec. 20, at 8 p.m. ET.

'Sound of Music': Laura Benanti talks live performance, Carrie Underwood, and why musicals are ready for a comeback

TV fans may already know Laura Benanti from roles on Go On, The Playboy Club, Law and Order:SVU, and many others. And of course theater lovers have long been fans of the Tony-winning Broadway performer. On Thursday night, the two worlds merged when Benanti stole the show as Elsa in NBC’s ratings smash Sound of Music Live!, leading more than a few viewers to hope that Captain von Trapp might end up with her as opposed to Maria.

While nothing so sacrilegious happened, Benanti is enjoying increased attention since the broadcast. EW talked with the actress Friday afternoon about her day-of prep, tweeting offstage, and what she’s planning next.
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'The Sound of Music': Stephen Moyer talks playing Capt. Von Trapp and tonight's live premiere

We’re only hours away from the highly anticipated premiere of NBC’s live adaptation of The Sound of Music. EW was on set for rehearsals a few weeks ago and got a chance to chat with True Blood star Stephen Moyer, who is playing the stern Captain Von Trapp. Moyer talked about working with Carrie Underwood and the perils of doing live television.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How did this come to you?
STEPHEN MOYER: Interestingly, I got the offer before. It came through at the end of the first week of rehearsals, so weird. I had just finished True Blood literally the week before. I was waiting on quite an interesting gig, and my agent rang me up and he said, “Hey, are you available for a minute for a chat?” I thought it was going to be something else completely and it was The Sound of Music Live! Not quite what I was expecting.
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'The Sound of Music': Carrie Underwood on tonight's live show and hate tweets from Julie Andrews fans

The hills are finally alive tonight with the premiere of NBC’s much-anticipated adaptation of The Sound of Music Live! EW was on set a few weeks ago to watch rehearsals for this live version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein 1959 Broadway musical, which stars Carrie Underwood as Maria and Stephen Moyer as Capt. Von Trapp. The production will be broadcast live from a warehouse in Long Island that houses Music‘s seven working sets, including the Von Trapp house and the abbey. There will be no second takes, no audience except for the ones watching at home. In between scenes, leading lady Underwood talked to us about tackling such an iconic character and the challenges of her biggest acting role to date.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What was it like getting the call for this? Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron tell me you were their first choice.
CARRIE UNDERWOOD: Well, I mean, first I remembered hearing [about it], ’cause they announced they were going to do this before they had any idea where or how or who. I remember reading that press release and thinking, “Wow, like that’s ambitious like wow, how?” I had questions even before I knew they were interested in me. And then we got a phone call so I sat down with Neil and Craig and it all started coming together.
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'The Sound of Music Live!': Take a peek at dress rehearsal -- PHOTOS

The nation is gearing up for perhaps the most important cultural event of our time: NBC’s live broadcast of The Sound of Music, starring Carrie Underwood as musical theater’s favorite governess (a title that is perhaps more competitive than you’d think).

The must-watch event hits your TV on Thursday at 8 pm ET, and surely you’ve already programmed your DVR accordingly. If you haven’t been voraciously listening to the album on Spotify (and cried copious nun-related tears thanks to Audra McDonald’s “Climb Ev’ry Mountain”), EW’s got another exciting exclusive to appease your Austro-Hungarian appetite.

Check out these great exclusive photos from Tuesday’s dress rehearsal, which is the closest thing you’ll get to the real deal until Thursday night’s extravaganza. Feast your eyes on McDonald and the nuns singing “Maria”, Underwood getting cozy with Stephen Moyer’s Captain Von Trapp, and the Von Trapp children singing “So Long Farewell,” arguably one of Broadway’s best child-based bedtime numbers.
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'Sound of Music Live!': Hear Carrie Underwood and Audra McDonald sing 'My Favorite Things' -- EXCLUSIVE

Raindrops on roses. Whiskers on kittens. Bright copper kettles. Warm woolen mittens. These are not just title ideas I have for my YA novel — they’re the favorite things of Maria, the vocally blessed nun-turned-governess-turned-music teacher at the heart of one of the most beloved musicals of all-time, The Sound of Music.

Fans are buzzing about NBC’s upcoming live special of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, starring Carrie Underwood as Maria, Stephen Moyer as Captain Von Trapp, Broadway vets Audra McDonald, Laura Benanti and Christian Borle, and a cast of seven young performers who will star as the Von Trapp children.

The Dec. 5 performance will air live on NBC, and theater aficionados are patiently waiting for any glimpse of the high-profile production. Luckily, EW has an exclusive sneak listen!

Get your earbuds ready for this short but sweet exclusive first listen to Carrie Underwood and Audra McDonald’s rendition of “My Favorite Things.” (In the musical, as opposed to the film, the song takes place early in the first act, when Maria still thinks she’s going to be a nun.) Take a listen to the song, which is a sneak preview from the upcoming Sony Masterworks soundtrack (available Dec. 3). Come Dec. 5, don’t be stuck out herding goats, all lonely-like — tune in for The Sound of Music Live! at 8 p.m. ET.
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'Sound of Music Live!' with Carrie Underwood: NBC announces more cast, releases poster

The hills will be a-live Dec. 5.

The Sound of Music Live!, starring Carrie Underwood as Maria von Trapp, will premiere on NBC this December. In addition to premiering the first art (above), NBC  also announced today that Broadway vets Audra McDonald, Laura Benanti, and Christian Borle have all signed on to the production. McDonald will play Mother Abbess, Borle will tackle von Trapp family friend Max Detweiler, and Bananti will portray Elsa Schrader, the Captain’s onetime fiancée.

The production, which will also star Stephen Moyer as Captain Georg von Trapp, is based on the original three-hour 1959 Broadway production, not the iconic 1965 movie starring Julie Andrews, although comparisons to the beloved Andrews version are inevitable. This poster, of course, calls to mind one of Andrews’ most iconic moments.

The musical, which NBC is hoping will become a must-watch event,  will air live Dec. 5 at 8 p.m. ET.

Carrie Underwood to play Maria in NBC's 'The Sound of Music'

The hills are alive… with a new version of The Sound of Music.

Grammy winner Carrie Underwood will star as Maria von Trapp in NBC’s broadcast of the original stage version of The Sound of Music, the network announced today. An air date has not been set for the three-hour live event, but it will be broadcast sometime during the holidays in 2013. READ FULL STORY

CMA Awards 2012: Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood's opening -- VIDEO

Brad Paisley and Paisley and Carrie Underwood have become quite a fine comedic duo over the past few years, so it’s no surprise they’re back to host the CMA Awards for a fifth year. It’s also no surprise that they totally nailed the opening.

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The week in 'American Idol': Phillip Phillips crowned, Haley Reinhart's new album, and more

Newly minted American Idol, Phillip Phillips, dropped by The Tonight Show With Jay Leno Thursday night to discuss his Idol win, health issues, and why he’s scared of Jennifer Lopez. READ FULL STORY

The week in 'American Idol': Nigel's favorite singer this season, Idols on the charts, and more

Jessica Sanchez and Phillip Phillips will battle it out for the American Idol crown next Tuesday, and the new American Idol will be revealed the following night during the big two-hour-plus finale. Make sure to set your DVR’s correctly; the episode will run over with an extra seven minutes. Current American Idol champ Scotty McCreery and pop superstar Rihanna, plus a slew of surprise guests, are set to appear.

The final performance themes, according to producer Nigel Lythgoe will be: 1. The finalist’s favorite song of the series. 2. A song chosen by Simon Fuller. 3. The finalist’s new single.

Nigel Lythgoe took to Twitter hours after the top 3 results show last night to reveal his favorite Idol contestant. He tweeted, “I promised I would reveal my favorite when they were voted off the show so….. it was Joshua. However, I am thrilled for Jessica & Phillip.” No wonder Joshua got so many standing ovations from the judges! Nigel also claims that Phillip and Jessica did not dominate the voting week to week. Joshua Ledet, Skylar Laine, Colton Dixon, and Elise Testone all topped the voting at various times. READ FULL STORY

The week in 'American Idol': Aerosmith to return, Carrie Underwood jokes with Jimmy Kimmel

The American Idol Top 3, Phillip Phillips, Jessica Sanchez, and Joshua Ledet will be heading home to film their hometown visits this weekend. During their visit, they will learn the name of the songs chosen for them by Jimmy Iovine and the judges. Then next Wednesday (FOX 8 p.m.), each contestant will sing 3 songs: Jimmy’s Choice, Judges’ Choice, and Their Choice.

The hometown visits will air on Thursday’s results show (8 p.m.), which will also feature Adam Lambert singing his latest single, “Never Close Our Eyes,” and Lisa Marie Presley performing “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet” from her new album, Storm & Grace.

Aerosmith to Perform on Idol

In a new interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry reveals that the band will be performing their new single on the May 23 American Idol finale.

Once upon a time, Perry had nothing good to say about Idol: “It’s his business, but I don’t want Aerosmith’s name involved with it,” he told the Calgary Herald after learning that bandmate Steven Tyler signed up to join the judges’ panel. “It’s a reality show designed to get people to watch that station and sell advertising. It’s one step above [Teenage Mutant] Ninja Turtles.”

A few years and many records sold later, thanks to Tyler’s Idol exposure, Perry has changed his tune, even appearing on the show to help Steven celebrate his birthday. READ FULL STORY

The week in 'American Idol': Top 4 going back to Cali, Kris Allen shut down on the pier, and more

Next Wednesday on American Idol, the Top 4 will choose songs from California artists for a “California Dreamin'”-themed performance show. On Thursday’s results show, judge Jennifer Lopez will perform her new single “Dance Again” and season 7 champ David Cook will debut his new single “The Last Song I’ll Write for You.”

Carrie Underwood’s fourth album, Blown Away, is set to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart next week. It’s her third No. 1, following 2009’s Play On and 2007’s Carnival Ride. Her post-Idol debut, 2005’s Some Hearts debuted and peaked at No. 2. The new disc is predicted to sell around 275,000 copies, according to industry sources.

“Music video shoot!” Adam Lambert tweeted on Tuesday. The season 8 alum shot the new video for his latest single, the Bruno Mars-penned “Never Close Our Eyes” earlier this week. Afterward, Adam confessed, “That shoot was a long one!! This video is going to be AMAZING! Get ready!!!!” He also uploaded a photo to give his fans a little taste of what’s to come. READ FULL STORY

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