NBC’s ‘Sound of Music’ Casts Audra McDonald, Laura Benanti and Christian Borle

Getty Images

Getty Images

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.

Also read: ‘True Blood’ Star Stephen Moyer Cast in NBC’s ‘Sound of Music’ as Capt. Von Trapp

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.”