For the past three months, the YouTube channel The Shows Must Go On! has been sharing free streams of whole musicals every week, including seven shows by Andrew Lloyd Webber and, more recently, live musical-theater productions that were originally aired by NBC. But a last-minute snag meant that the series's May broadcast of 2013's The Sound of Music Live!, starring country-pop star Carrie Underwood as nun-turned-governess Maria von Trapp, was not be available in the United States. On June 26, the series is fixing that mistake by re-streaming the show—with the U.S. included this time.
Time Out is partnering with the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization to host live watch parties on both sides of the Atlantic on Friday night. Use the hashtag #SoundOfMusic and follow along with Time Out New York on Twitter at 8pm EDT (@TimeOutNewYork) for trivia, history, polls, running commentary and more. Before then, check out our exclusive virtual interview with stars of the The Sound of Music Live! below.
The Sound of Music Live! uses Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse's original script for this family-friendly 1959 musical, which differs from that of the Julie Andrews film. But 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." In addition to Underwood, a musical-theater novice, 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 beneficiary of this week's donations is the American Civil Liberties Union.
The Sound of Music Live! will be available on YouTube for 48 hours starting June 26 at 7pm BST (2pm EDT, 4am AEST). The broadcast will not be viewable in Asia or in Latin America, except Brazil. You can watch it here: