McDonald will play Mother Abbess in the live production
NBC's live production of “The Sound of Music” has cast Audra McDonald, Laura Benanti and Christian Borle, the network said Monday.
Five-time Tony winner McDonald (“Porgy and Bess,” “A Raisin in the Sun”) will play Mother Abbess in the production, which will air Dec. 5. Benanti, whose credits include “Law & Order: SVU” and “Go On,” will play Elsa Schrader, while Borle, who starred in the network's ill-fated musical series “Smash,” will play Max Dettweiler.
The trio joins a cast that also includes “American Idol” favorite Carrie Underwood, who'll play Maria, and “True Blood” star Stephen Moyer, who'll play World War I hero Capt. Georg Von Trapp.
The three-hour production will be based on the orginal 1959 production of “The Sound of Music.”