Sony Masterworks will release the soundtrack to NBC’s live broadcast of The Sound of Music, starring Carrie Underwood as Maria von Trapp, on December 3. The three-hour live production will air on NBC on December 5.
The cast also includes Audra McDonald as Mother Abbess, Stephen Moyer as Captain Georg von Trapp, Christian Borle as von Trapp family friend Max Detweiler, and Laura Benanti as Elsa Schrader, the captain’s onetime fiancée.
The Sound of Music — Music From the NBC Television Event will include studio recordings for all of the songs performed by the cast members 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 is set in the 1930s before and during “Anschluss” when the Nazis annexed Austria, and is based on the true story of Maria von Trapp, a nun who leaves the abbey to become a governess for the widower Capt. von Trapp’s seven children. She finds herself falling in love with him and questioning her religious calling.
The musical 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.