‘Sound of Music Live!’ Comes to NBC

Underwood_Sound_of_Music_2013 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.

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