Smash, Private Practice, Go On Stars Joining Carrie Underwood in NBC's Live Sound of Music
The network announced today that TV and stage vets Audra McDonald (Private Practice), Laura Benanti (Go On) and Christian Borle (Smash) — Tony Award winners all of ‘em! — have been added to the cast of the musical, which is slated to air Dec. 5.
Five-time Tony-winner McDonald will portray Mother Abbess, Benanti has been cast as Elsa Schrader and Borle is set to play Max Dettweiler.
Six-time Grammy Award winner Underwood was previously announced as Maria, with True Blood’s Stephen Moyer as Capt. Georg Von Trapp.
According to the network, the three-hour Sound of Music telecast will be based on the original 1959 Broadway production, with music and lyrics by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, and a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse.
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