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'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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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 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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