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The hills of Universal are alive with the sound of music: The cast will include Tony winners Audra McDonald as Mother Abbess, Laura Benanti as Elsa Schrader and Christian Borle as Max Dettweiler. Stephen Moyer will play Captain Georg Von Trapp. Carrie Underwood will play Maria. McDonald, who has won five Tonys (“The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess,” “A Raisin in the Sun,” “Ragtime,” “Master Class” and “Carousel”), as well as two Grammy Awards for “Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny,” will portray Mother Abbess. McDonald is also a three-time Emmy Award nominee, with nominations for the TV movies “Wit” and “A Raisin in the Sun,” as well as the special “Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel” from “Live From »

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