Trio of Tony winners join cast of NBC’s ‘Sound of Music’
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Radcliffe wowed critics and earned a Drama Desk nomination for his role. (Uli Weber / Associated Press)
While Taylor’s film career was waning, the limited run sold out the day it was announced. Taylor, then 49, earned a Tony nomination.
Taylor returned to Broadway, starring opposite Richard Burton, in “Private Lives.”
The show aimed to capitalize on the public’s fascination with couple’s off-stage relationship (Taylor and Burton had twice divorced before starring together on stage), but it closed after 63 performances. (Warner Home Video)
Turner played Maggie, a role recently reprised by Scarlett Johansson, and earned a Tony nod for her efforts.
In 2002, the actress took on the seductive role of Mrs. Robinson (pictured) in “The Graduate” opposite Jason Biggs and Alicia Silverstone. (Ari Mintz / Newsday)
“Ann,” also penned by Taylor, marked the Emmy-winning actress’ return to Broadway after three decades.
“I knew I had to get the persona, what made everybody so nuts for her, rather than the policy or the politics,” Taylor recently told The Times of bringing the late politician back in the spotlight. (The Hartman Group)
Times theater critic praised Midler’s performance in the one-woman show, writing that she was “galvanizing” in a role that “barely requires her to move anything but her mouth.”
But when the Tony nominations came around, Midler’s name was noticeably left off the list. (Richard Termine)
The two-person play, which cast the duo as a pair of cops, opened Sept. 29, 2009. (Joan Marcus / AP)
The hills will be alive with the sound of Tony winners, when NBC’s new production of “The Sound of Music” is broadcast Dec. 5.
NBC announced Monday that stage veterans Audra McDonald, Laura Benanti and Christian Borle have joined the cast, alongside the previously announced Carrie Underwood and Stephen Moyer as Maria and Capt. Georg Von Trapp.
Five-time Tony winner McDonald (“The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess,” “A Raisin in the Sun”) will play Mother Abbess.
Benanti, who won a Tony for her turn as Louise in the 2008 revival of “Gypsy” starring Patti Lupone, will portray Elsa Schrader, the fiancée of Von Trapp. Borle (a Tony winner for “Peter and the Starcatcher,” NBC’s “Smash”) will take on the role of Max Dettweiler, their friend.
The three-hour presentation is based on the 1959 Broadway production by Rodgers and Hammerstein, which won a Tony for best musical.
The 1965 film version starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer won five Oscars, including best picture.
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