Although The Sound of Music, starring country pop star Carrie Underwood as Maria von Trapp, had already been streamed as part of The Shows Must Go On series – rights issues caused a last minute cancellation for North American audiences. As a result it was announced on the day of the event that audiences in the United States would not be able to stream the 2013 NBC smash hit.
Now the rights issue has been resolved and the NBC have decided to re-stream ‘The Sound of Music’ including their North American counterparts this time around.
Although Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse’s script for this family-friendly 1959 musical differs from that of the Julie Andrews film, you know the basic story: Wayward nun teaches music to kids, stern dad melts, Nazis rise, sixteen goes on seventeen. Along the way, the show delivers such beloved Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II standards as “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi” and “Climb Every Mountain.” Although Underwood – a musical-theater novice – seems overwhelmed at first, she gains confidence as the broadcast goes on. The principal cast also includes Stephen Moyer as Captain Von Trapp and (stealing the show) Broadway ringers Audra McDonald as the Mother Abbess, Christian Borle as Max and a superb Laura Benanti as the Baroness.
‘The Sound of Music Live!’ will be available on YouTube for 48 hours starting June 27 at 4am AEST. The broadcast will not be viewable in Asia or in Latin America, except Brazil.