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The Sound of Music Live! (2013)

A live telecast of the famous Rodgers and Hammerstein musical.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carrie Underwood ... Maria Rainer
Stephen Moyer ... Captain Von Trapp
Laura Benanti ... Elsa Schrader
Christian Borle ... Max Detweiler
Audra McDonald ... Mother Abbess
Ariane Rinehart ... Liesl von Trapp
Michael Campayno ... Rolf Gruber
Sophia Anne Caruso ... Brigitta (as Sophia Caruso)
Peyton Ella ... Gretl von Trapp
Michael Nigro ... Fredrich
Grace Rundhaug Grace Rundhaug ... Marta von Trapp
Ella Watts-Gorman Ella Watts-Gorman ... Louisa (as Ella Watts)
Joe West Joe West ... Kurt
Jessica Molaskey Jessica Molaskey ... Sister Berthe
Christiane Noll Christiane Noll ... Sister Margaretta
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A live telecast of the famous Rodgers and Hammerstein musical.

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The beloved family classic comes alive again.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 December 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Sound of Music See more »

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Stereo

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

Christian Borle was terrified that he was accidentally going to break his teacup during the live broadcast. See more »

Goofs

Members of the Kriegsmarine(Navy of Nazi Germany) did not wear Swastika armbands. Only members of the Nazi party and Hitler Youth wore armbands. Members of the regular military were prohibited from joining any party. See more »

Quotes

Liesl von Trapp: I'm Liesl. I'm 16 years old and I don't need a governess.
Maria Rainer: I'm glad you told me. We'll just be friends.
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Version of The Sound of Music Live (2015) See more »

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Better Than Expected!
6 December 2013 | by hanna_houseSee all my reviews

I have to be honest here, I originally had no intention of watching this special, but when I found out it would be performed live, as they used to do in decades past, it piqued my curiosity. I also happened to turn on the TV just about the time it started, so decided to check it out.

In no way was I expecting it to compare to the 1965 film. This was obviously supposed to be more akin to the stage production. Having said that, I was far more impressed than I anticipated. The music was fantastic and I loved the live acting quality to it. I only have a couple criticisms.

I understand that Carrie Underwood was probably selected because they wanted to get a name to draw in viewers. Her singing was actually quite good, but her acting was sub-par, especially to the rest of the cast. I understand she is not an actress, so I give her kudos for putting herself on the line.

As for the rest of the cast, I was happy that they decided to use mostly unknown actors, who appeared to be trained for stage productions. It definitely added to the credibility of the show. I thought the kids were all great, except Gretel, who was definitely a star in the film version. This one did not seem especially gifted in acting or singing and even lacked charisma. I wondered if she might be the daughter of a producer or something. That was a shame because its another stand out role that suffered.

I was pretty pleased with everything else. The sets were gorgeous! The transitions were seamless. The music overall was very fun and enjoyable, hearing those great Rogers & Hammerstein songs never gets old! Was also nice that they included some songs that were not in the film version. I definitely don't feel I wasted my evening when there is so much other rubbish on TV. I hope people were open-minded and supportive, so perhaps we'll see another live musical special next year!


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