November 01, 2013 10:23am PT by Philiana Ng
NBC's 'Sound of Music' Casts von Trapp Children
NBC's The Sound of Music has cast the von Trapp children.
Joining Carrie Underwood and Stephen Moyer in the live Dec. 5 performance of the classic musical are Ariane Rinehart (Liesl), Michael Nigro (Fredrich), Ella Watts-Gorman (Louisa), Joe West (Kurt), Sophia Caruso (Brigitta), Grace Rundhaug (Marta) and Peyton Ella (young Gretl).
They join previously announced cast members Audra McDonald, Laura Benanti and Christian Borle.
The three-hour production is based on the original 1959 Broadway production of The Sound of Music, which starred Mary Martin and Theodore Bikel. The play won the Tony Award for best musical, with Martin winning for best actress. The 1965 Sound of Music film adaptation starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer went on to win five Academy Awards, including best picture.
Living in Austria on the cusp of World War II, the militaristic but warm-hearted Capt. Georg von Trapp (Moyer) engages a young governess, Maria (Underwood), whom he hires to take care of his seven children.
The Sound of Music, produced by Universal TV, is executive produced by Neil Meron and Craig Zadan. Beth McCarthy-Miller and Rob Ashford will serve as directors.