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Gold Derby has exclusively confirmed with NBC that their live musical event “The Sound of Music” starring the country superstar will contend as a telefilm at the the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild awards.
Past Oscar champs and current Oscarcast producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan (“Chicago”) are overseeing this three-hour extravaganza which will air live on the peacock net on Dec. 5, just four days before Globe and SAG nomination ballots are due. SAG noms are announced on Dec. 11 and Globes the next day.
This classic tuner tells the story of novice nun Maria Von Trapp (Underwood) who falls in love with Captain von Trapp (Stephen Moyer) while caring for his seven children in Nazi-occupied Austria. Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein wrote the well-known score which includes the title song, “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Sixteen Going on Seventeen,” “Climb Every Mountain,” and “Edelweiss.”
The original Broadway show won five Tony Awards in 1959, including Best Musical and Actress (Mary Martin). The blockbuster 1965 film version won five Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director (Robert Wise). Julie Andrews was nominated for Best Actress while Peggy Wood, as the Reverend Mother, reaped a Supporting Actress bid.
This production will be the first live network television broadcast of a Broadway show since 1957’s “Cinderella” on CBS, which also starred Andrews. Like that one, there will be no audience in the large New York City complex where the production will take place. It will feature a cast of 61 performers including Tony champs Audra McDonald, Laura Benanti and Christian Borle, and a 40-piece orchestra.
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