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  • Laura Benanti enjoys the spotlight with 'Sound of Music' TV splash

     Laura Benanti enjoys the spotlight with 'Sound of Music' TV splash
    "The Sound of Music" has been sweet to Laura Benanti. In 1998 at the age of just 18, she made her Broadway debut as Maria in a revival of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, but it was her role last month as Maria's rival, the jilted Elsa Schrader, in NBC's "The Sound of Music Live!," that brought this perennially on-the-cusp actress and singer to the brink of mainstream stardom.
  • L.A. theater openings, Jan. 5-12: 'Foxfinder' premieres

    L.A. theater openings, Jan. 5-12: 'Foxfinder' premieres
    The dystopian drama "Foxfinder" premieres in Pasadena, Gordon Goodman is back as "Barrymore," and Barry McGovern does Beckett at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Human Identity L.A. premiere of writer-performer Christopher Vened’s solo show mixing mime...

    Eleanor Parker dies at 91; played baroness in 'The Sound of Music'

    Eleanor Parker dies at 91; played baroness in 'The Sound of Music'
    Eleanor Parker, a versatile leading lady of the 1940s, '50s and '60s who earned three Oscar nominations — none of which were for her best-known role as the baroness in "The Sound of Music" — died Monday in Palm Springs of complications of...

    Carrie Underwood sounds off on 'mean people' post-'Sound of Music'

    Carrie Underwood sounds off on 'mean people' post-'Sound of Music'
    The haters are alive with "The Sound of Music Live!" -- and NBC's live-musical star Carrie Underwood is quickly learning that there's no way to stop them. The former "American Idol" winner, who played governess and would-be nun Maria Von Trapp, was...

    Review: Highs, lows of 'The Sound of Music Live' with Carrie Underwood

    Review: Highs, lows of 'The Sound of Music Live' with Carrie Underwood
    This post has been updated. See below for details. Thursday night NBC staged a three-hour live performance of Rodgers and Hammserstein's "The Sound of Music," the world's most beloved musical, with Carrie Underwood as Maria von Trapp, a role...