The highly anticipated NBC live TV broadcast of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classic family-friendly musical The Sound of Music starring country music superstar and American Idol winner Carrie Underwood is set to air this week and the soundtrack is now available for purchase.
The Sound of Music: Music From the NBC Television Event will be released today, December 3, two days prior to the live broadcast itself, while the DVD edition, THE SOUND OF MUSIC: LIVE! will be released on December 17.
The official description of The Sound of Music soundtrack and live TV event is below:
“Sony Masterworks proudly releases the companion soundtrack to NBC’s live broadcast of “The Sound of Music,” based on the classic stage musical. The three-hour live production, starring six-time Grammy Award winner Carrie Underwood as Maria von Trapp, will air December 5. The cast also includes Audra McDonald (“Private Practice”), who has won five Tony Awards and two Grammys, as Mother Abbess; Stephen Moyer (“True Blood”), who will play Capt. Georg von Trapp; Tony Award winner Christian Borle (“Smash”), who will portray von Trapp family friend Max Detweiler; and Tony winner Laura Benanti (“Go On”), who will portray Elsa Schrader, the captain s onetime fiancee. “The Sound of Music” Music From the NBC Television Event features studio recordings of all the musical numbers performed in the live broadcast, including Rodgers and Hammerstein favorites “The Sound of Music,” “My Favorite Things,” ‘Do-Re-Mi,” “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” and “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” among others. “The Sound of Music,” set in the 1930′s before and during “Anschluss” when the Nazi’s annexed Austria, is based on the romantic true story of Maria von Trapp, an aspiring nun who leaves the abbey to become a governess for the widower Capt. von Trapp’s seven children. She soon finds herself falling in love with her employer and questioning her religious calling. It premiered on Broadway in 1959 where it broke box-office records and won the Tony Award for best musical. The 1965 film adaptation won the Oscar for best picture.”
Order The Sound of Music soundtrack here and pre-order The Sound of Muisc on DVD here.
In addition to today’s soundtrack release, fans will have a chance to whet their appetites for the live event when on Thursday morning, NBC’s Today airs Natalie Morales’ exclusive interview with Underwood, together with a look behind the scenes on the set of The Sound of Music Live! with Stephen Moyer.
Also in the spirit of the season and one of the show’s most famous songs, “My Favorite Things,” Carrie and her fans are gathering online to share some of their own favorite things. Continuing through the last Friday of December, fans can post photos or videos on Instagram using the hashtag #FavoriteThingsFridays, and selected posts each week will be featured on Facebook.com/CarrieUnderwood. For complete details, and to view the submissions – including Carrie’s postings of her own favorite things – visit www.FavoriteThingsFridays.com.
Carrie’s “favorite things” are now in the spotlight on Gilt City, which highlights experiences inspired by Carrie in 11 major cities, together with a Gilt StyleFile interview, online here.
Fans can also look for Underwood on the cover of the December 9 issue of Country Weekly (on stands now), with an exclusive interview and feature about The Sound of Music Live!
The Sound of Music directed by Beth McCarthy-Miller and Rob Ashford, produced by Craig Zadan & Neil Meron, airs on December 5 at 8 PM on NBC.