or


[06/29/12 - 12:02 PM]
NBC and Executive Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron to Present a Live Broadcast of the Classic Stage Musical "The Sound of Music" Featuring the Timeless Score by Rodgers & Hammerstein
Casting will begin immediately and an air date will be announced shortly.

[via press release from NBC]

NBC and Executive Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron to Present a Live Broadcast of the Classic Stage Musical "The Sound of Music" Featuring the Timeless Score by Rodgers & Hammerstein

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. - June 29, 2012 -- NBC is partnering with the acclaimed "Smash" producing team of Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (film versions of "Chicago" and "Hairspray") to present a live broadcast of "The Sound of Music," based on the original Broadway musical, it was announced today by Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment.

"It is our supreme pleasure to broadcast -- live -- a new version of the seminal Broadway musical 'The Sound of Music' for a whole new generation," said Greenblatt. "There used to be a tradition of broadcasting musicals live back in the 1950s and we're thrilled to do it once again with a musical that has been a family classic for five decades. There is no more talented and creative producing team than Craig Zadan and Neil Meron to bring Rodgers and Hammerstein's final - and most beloved - collaboration to network television in this groundbreaking live telecast."

"It isn't our intention to produce a remake of the movie version of 'The Sound of Music' - that would be artistic blasphemy," said Zadan. "What we want to do, instead, is to give audiences a completely fresh experience of this great Tony Award-winning stage musical in the form of a classic television event, combined with the spontaneity of a live performance. And all of the actors will be singing live; there will be no lip-synching to pre-recordings."

"This groundbreaking 'hybrid' of sorts will be based on the stage musical," added Meron, "and will feature all the classic songs that audiences associate with 'The Sound of Music' -- including the title song, 'Do-Re-Mi,' 'Climb Ev'ry Mountain,' and 'My Favorite Things' -- plus a few wonderful songs from the Broadway version that people are less familiar with."

"With today's exciting announcement, NBC is breaking new ground by reviving a tradition from another era: staging a full Broadway musical live on television," said Ted Chapin, President of Rodgers & Hammerstein: An Imagem Company. "We are thrilled that Bob Greenblatt has chosen 'The Sound of Music' to be that Broadway musical -- its story of the von Trapp family and its timeless Rodgers & Hammerstein score are known and loved all over the world. We have had the honor of working with producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron before, and look forward to working with them again to make 'The Sound of Music' a major NBC television event."

"The Sound of Music," set in pre-WWII Austria, is based on the romantic true story of Maria von Trapp, an aspiring nun who leaves the Abby to become a governess for the widower Captain von Trapp's seven children and 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. Today it is an evergreen classic - as popular in opera houses and outdoor amphitheaters as it is in high school auditoriums. "The Sound of Music" features a libretto by Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse and a score by Richard Rodgers (music) and Oscar Hammerstein II (lyrics) that includes "My Favorite Things," "Do-Re-Mi," "Edelweiss," and "So Long, Farewell."

Casting will begin immediately and an air date will be announced shortly.

Zadan and Meron are the producers of highly-regarded and award-winning feature films, television movies, series and Broadway productions, including NBC's critically-acclaimed series "Smash" and the Lifetime hit series "Drop Dead Diva." All totaled, their films and television movies have garnered six Academy Awards, five Golden Globes, 11 Emmy Awards, and two Peabody Awards. For their work in television, their movies have amassed 69 Emmy nominations. Their work in theater has received 12 Tony nominations, including two wins. They also have received five Grammy nominations, including one win.

Their feature film credits include the Oscar winning "Chicago," "The Bucket List," the feature-film musical "Hairspray," and most recently, 2011's "Footloose" (the original film, starring Kevin Bacon, was Zadan's first feature-film production).

Other television event presentations include: Meredith Willson's "The Music Man," starring Matthew Broderick and Kristin Chenoweth, which received five Emmy nominations; "Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadow," starring Judy Davis; "Annie," starring Kathy Bates, which won two Emmys and a Peabody Award; "Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella," starring Whitney Houston and Brandy, which received 7 Emmy nominations; "Gypsy," their first television movie event, starring Bette Midler, which received 12 Emmy nominations; "Raisin in the Sun," with Sean Combs, Phylicia Rashad, Audra McDonald and Sanaa Lathan, which was nominated for three Emmys; and "Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story," starring Glenn Close, a landmark movie which won three Emmys and a Peabody Award.

Recently, Zadan and Meron were represented on Broadway with a Tony-winning hit in the 50th-anniversary revival of the Frank Loesser musical comedy, "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," starring Daniel Radcliffe and John Larroquette. The revival was nominated for eight Tony Awards (winning one), four Astaire Awards, three Drama League Awards, five Outer Critics Circle Awards and five Drama Desk Awards.





  [june 2012]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
     


· SOUND OF MUSIC LIVE!, THE (NBC)











[01/29/15 - 04:13 PM]
Jeffrey Dean Morgan Cast as a Series Regular on the CBS Summer Drama Series "Extant" for Season Two
Morgan will play JD Richter, a roguish womanizer and a cop of the future who is a mercenary/bounty hunter.

[01/29/15 - 04:07 PM]
Video: E! Unveils Super Bowl Spot for "The Royals"
The spot offers a glimpse inside the high stakes, decadent world of the show's fictional British royal family, including leading cast members Elizabeth Hurley, Alexandra Park and William Moseley.

[01/29/15 - 03:45 PM]
FOX Fires Up February with All-New Episodes, Season Finales and Special Guest Stars
Highlights include the "Mulaney" (February 15), "Sleepy Hollow" (February 23) and "MasterChef Junior" (February 24) season finales.

[01/29/15 - 01:20 PM]
Video: First MTV Movie Awards Promo with Amy Schumer and Anna Kendrick
The 24th annual "2015 MTV Movie Awards" will air live on Sunday, April 12 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT from Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California.

[01/29/15 - 01:00 PM]
Rachael Taylor the Latest to Join "Marvel's A.K.A. Jessica Jones"
She'll play Patricia "Trish" Walker, a syndicated radio talk show host, former model and child TV star known to her adoring fans as "Patsy" Walker.

[01/29/15 - 11:34 AM]
ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" to Debut Musical "Mash Up Mondays" Starting February 2
Every Monday in February, once-in-a-lifetime musical performances will be created showcasing two artists paired up to form one unlikely supergroup.

[01/29/15 - 11:23 AM]
VH1 Moves "Mob Wives" and "Hindsight" to New Times on Wednesday Nights
Both series will now air one hour earlier at 8:00/7:00c and 9:00/8:00c, respectively.

[01/29/15 - 10:35 AM]
"The Tonight Show" and "Late Night" Dominate ABC, CBS Timeslot Competition for Week of Jan. 19-23
NBC spins the late-night numbers for the week of January 19-23.

[01/29/15 - 10:13 AM]
"Nightline" Is #1 for the Week - Ranks #1 in Total Viewers 13 of Last 14 Weeks
ABC spins the late-night numbers for the week of January 19-23.

[01/29/15 - 10:12 AM]
Five Greenlights, Two Renewals, And a Premiere! Comedy Central(R) Announces CC:Studios Development Slate
Available now on cc.com is "Roustabout," a comedic travelogue that follows Kurt Braunohler as he jet skis from Chicago to New Orleans to raise money for charity.

[01/29/15 - 10:00 AM]
A Disney Princess Inspired by Latin Cultures, "Elena of Avalor," Will Be Introduced in 2016 on Disney Junior Channels and Programming Blocks Around the World
The role of 16-year-old Princess Elena, the bold, caring, funny and clever ascendant to the throne in the fairytale kingdom of Avalor, will be voiced by Aimee Carrero.

[01/29/15 - 09:50 AM]
Debut Episode of Sons of Anarchy: The Prospect Mobile Game Premieres Today on the App Store
Said Kurt Sutter, "It's finally fucking here. It's awesome. Play it. Live it. Be the prospect."

[01/29/15 - 08:47 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: "Empire" Continues Its Reign for FOX
The network's newcomer equals last week's series high among adults 18-49.

[01/29/15 - 08:47 AM]
"Chicago P.D." Captures Its Biggest Overall Audience for a Rebroadcast Since April 16, Its Second-Biggest to Date
NBC spins the numbers for Wednesday, January 28.

[01/29/15 - 08:15 AM]
"Shark Week" Returns to Discovery Channel on July 5
A summer long celebration of all things shark, this year's edition will deliver more hours of all new, visually-stunning and informative shark-filled specials than ever before.