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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.

Julie Andrews missed NBC's live 'Sound of Music'

More than 18 million television viewers watched Carrie Underwood perform the role of Maria last week in NBC’s The Sound of Music Live!

But Julie Andrews wasn’t among them.

Andrews, who starred in the 1965 Oscar-winning film adaptation of the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic, explained, “Alas, I did not [see it]. I had a speaking engagement and I couldn’t. But my kids did record it. I’ll get around to it.”

She attended the U.S. premiere Monday night of Saving Mr. Banks, which depicts the battle between P.L. Travers, author of the Mary Poppins novels, and Walt Disney, who worked for decades to persuade the writer that the Poppins tales would make a fine film.

Saving Mr. Banks picks up the story in 1961, when the London-based Travers finally agreed to a two-week visit to Los Angeles to meet with Disney and his creative team. Before signing over the film rights, Travers wanted to see Disney’s treatment of her source material, and quickly proved a brutal critic and difficult collaborator — shredding key decisions about the film adaptation, including casting.

In “Banks,” Travers (played by Emma Thompson) goes on a tirade about the hiring of Dick Van Dyke. On the arrivals line, Van Dyke revealed an additional Travers tidbit that isn’t in the movie.

“Well, she wasn’t thrilled with Julie, either,” he said of Andrews’ casting. “She wanted a dumpy little Mary Poppins. She didn’t want a pretty girl. So, she didn’t like either one of us.”
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NBC announces plans for another live musical

After the huge ratings success of Sound of Music Live!, NBC has announced plans for another live musical next holiday season, EW has confirmed.

In an interview with the New York Times, NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt said they were “circling a couple of titles” that could be staged next year, to be led by Sound of Music producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan. “All weekend, people have been calling us and emailing us,” Greenblatt told the Times. “Rights holders of musicals have said, ‘Please do one of our shows.’ We’re excited to try it again.”

Meron and Zadan didn’t give any specific casting information, or say if they would try to reunite most of the Sound of Music cast once again.

'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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Tina Fey and Amy Poehler tease their Golden Globes musical opener

Last night’s live-TV version of The Sound of Music with Carrie Underwood was a popular hit… but can you imagine just how amazing it would’ve been if Tina Fey had been Sister Maria or Amy Poehler played a hopped-up-on-teen-hormones Liesl?

Hmmm, maybe not.

During the three-hour musical special, the two comediennes appeared in their first TV spot for returning to host this year’s Golden Globes Awards. Let’s just say they still need a little work on the fundamental Do-Ri-Mis.

You can see the off-tune promo here.

This year’s Globes ceremony airs on NBC on Jan. 12. Plenty of time to rehearse, ladies.

'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 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.

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