So says Carrie Underwood in a interview she did with E! News. Check out the interview to see what Carrie had to say about her costars, as well as her fondness of Julie Andrews. And there’s a special surprise at the beginning of the interview, as Steve does a bit of video-bombing! Click on the photo to be directed to the video.
From Broadway World:
The hills are alive- or they will be by tomorrow night when NBC airs its live television special of The Sound of Music (8 PM ET). Theatre fans everywhere are counting down the hours until the event, and to hold you over, BroadwayWorld brings you photos from the cast’s dress rehearsal. Get a first look at the cast in action below!
Starring country music star Carrie Underwood as ‘Maria,’ the cast features Audra McDonald (“Private Practice”), who has won five Tony Awards and two Grammys, as Mother Abbess; Stephen Moyer (“True Blood”), who will play Capt. Georg von Trapp; Tony Award winner Christian Borle (“Smash”), who will portray von Trapp family friend Max Detweiler; and Tony winner Laura Benanti (“Go On”), who will portray Elsa Schrader, the captain’s one-time fiancee.
“The Sound of Music,” music from the NBC Television event, will include studio recordings for all of the musical numbers that are performed by the cast members in the live broadcast, including Rodgers and Hammerstein favorites “The Sound of Music,” “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” and “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” among others.
“The Sound of Music,” set in the 1930s before and during “Anschluss” when the Nazi’s annexed Austria, is based on the romantic true story of Maria von Trapp, an aspiring nun who leaves the abbey to become a governess for the widower Capt. von Trapp’s seven children. She soon 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 forBest Musical. The 1965 film adaptation won the Oscar for Best Picture.
Photo Credit: Will Hart/NBC
Neil Meron shared this hilarious photo on his Twitter page earlier today. It would appear that the cast and crew were invited to afternoon tea & coffee, hosted by none other than The Reverend Captain. If this doesn’t bring a smile to your face, not sure if anything would!
And here is a photo of the actual coffee truck, compliments of Ariane Rinehart (Liesl):
Stephen Moyer was interviewed by E! News during rehearsals for The Sound of Music. As always, Steve was his charming self and shared a bit more about the tension of performing this musical live! He also shared that he was anticipating his agent contacting him regarding a different role, but instead was offered The Sound of Music …
With each new interview, it is sounding more and more likely that more theatrical roles will be in Stephen Moyer’s future. And, he seems to have a few roles in mind (some that he’s mentioned before!). Steve spoke with David Gordon of Theater Mania about nerves, similarities between Captain von Trapp and Bill Compton, and his dream roles for the stage.
So we’re a day away from the broadcast. How’s the mood on set at this point?
We’re alright. We’re about to do a run this evening. It’s our first, do you believe? We’ve been camera blocking for about two weeks now and had Thanksgiving off. The camera blocking was a little more complicated than we thought it would be. It’s a bit scary [but we're] very excited. It’s gonna be nice to have a couple runs before Thursday.
Tell me about how you landed the role. Did you audition?
No, I didn’t — it was a straight offer. I was mid-rehearsals for Chicago, which I was doing at the Hollywood Bowl, and this came through. I met [producers] Craig Zadan and Neil Meron and heard their hopes and dreams about what they were trying to achieve, and spoke to [director] Rob Ashford on the phone. It was lovely to understand his take on it. It’s been lovely…a proper rehearsal period where we got to explore.
Do you have any special connection to the material? Do you have a reverence for the show or film?
I don’t know if it’s one of my favorite films of all time, but I do love it. I certainly spent a lot of time watching it when I was a kid with my sister. When my daughter was young, she was just in love with it. She used to call the whole movie Doe-a-Deer. “Can we watch Doe-a-Deer?” The other day when I said to her we were rehearsing “Do-Re-Mi,” she said “Silly, it’s not ‘Do-Re-Mi,’ it’s ‘Doe-a-Deer.’” It’s a beautifully constructed piece. I love watching Rodgers & Hammerstein shows. You tend to forget how well their books were put together; the actual libretto [by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse]. The narrative flow and the drama, apart from the amazing numbers, it all really flows well.
Are there any similarities between the Captain von Trapp and your True Blood character, Bill Compton?
In some respects, yes. von Trapp’s a bit broken inside. He’s at the point where he’s lost his love, his wife; the children remind him of her, so he spends as little time with them as possible. Bill was taken away from his wife and therefore has roamed the earth in mourning.
What’s more nerve-racking — the lack of an in-house audience to applaud after musical numbers or the lack of an orchestra and the music being pumped in on cue?
That’s a really good question. This is a very strange hybrid of television and theater. It is neither; you’re playing out front because of where the cameras are positioned but there’s no reaction. We’re on a sound stage, and sound stages are built to absorb sound, so it’s a very dull sound. When you rehearse in a studio, you get the lovely bounce off the walls and you don’t really get that here. There are so many reasons to be nervous. There are so many things we’re reliant on. You have to believe that everything’s gonna be there. There’s no net. We don’t have a net.
You started out on stage in London. Is Broadway on the horizon?
I will and want to play Sweeney Todd at some point. It’s been part of my life since I was fourteen when I first saw it, and I just love it so much. But it’s been done to death of late. Funnily enough, me and Christian [Borle] and Laura [Benanti], we’re a bit of a terrible trio on set. We have been thinking of the jobs we can do as a trio.
We’d love to do Merrily We Roll Along. We’d love to do Singin’ in the Rain. Of course, Betrayal‘s on at the moment but we’d definitely be into Betrayal. I did joke last year that I’d love to do Sweeney Todd and La Cage aux Folles in repertory with the same company. I’d play Zaza.
That’s a great role.
Yeah, right? Who would Christian be?
Christian can be Georges.
We can definitely do that.
And Laura can be —
Laura can be Mrs. Lovett.
It seems hard to believe that filming for True Blood is right around the corner! It seems even harder to believe that this will be the final season of our favorite show! Steve mentioned in a recent interview that prep work for the season premiere will begin on December 9th with filming starting in January. By now, y’all should know the drill. If you don’t wanna know, don’t read any further!
Episode #701, “Jesus Gonna Be Here”
Writer: Angela Robinson; Director: Stephen Moyer
[VINCE] 40s, Male, burly is a rabid anti-vampire vigilante. Member of the tea party with political visions…GUEST STAR/RECURRING
[LOU] Early 20s, Male, blue collar. He is a member of Vince’s vigilante group who goes on patrol with him and several others; he’s aggressive but not dangerous…RECURRING
[MACK] Early 30s, Male, This motley human is an angry vigilante who joins Vince’s group and goes on patrol with him…RECURRING
[NIZOR] Male, Persian, late 30s to 50s. This burly vampire involved in a game of Russian roulette in a Moroccan bar derives courage and comfort from his faith in Allah…GUEST STAR
[PROPRIETOR] Male, Persian, late 40s to 50s. The proprietor of a Moroccan bar, with a thick accent, he orchestrates a game of Russian roulette for his patrons’ amusement…GUEST STAR
[YOUNG TARA] Tara (Rutina Wesley) at age 10, African American, she’s seen in flashback having a nice moment with her friend, Young Sookie…CO-STAR
[YOUNG SOOKIE] Sookie (Anna Paquin) at age 10, Caucasian, she’s seen in flashback having a nice moment with her friend Tara…CO-STAR
[JEROME] 30s to 40s, Male. This strong, aggressive Trucker H-vamp ( a vampire infected with Hep-V, rabid-looking and marbled with blue veins) lifts a woman into the air and takes off….CO-STAR
[WOUNDED WOMAN] 20s. This young, scared, wounded woman is terrified after an H-vamp attack; we hear her thoughts…CO-STAR
[ANGUISHED WOMAN] 30s to 40s. This anguished woman grieves over her dead husband; we hear her thoughts…CO-STAR
[SARA COMPTON] FEMALE, 5 YEARS OLD. CAUCASIAN. She is Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) and Caroline Compton’s (Shannon Lucio) young daughter seen in a flashback circa 1862. RECURRING CO-STAR. NO Lines in this episode.
[RONNIE] MALE, 20s. He is a tall dangerous vampire who devours humans. RECURRING CO-STAR. No Lines in this episode.
[SCREAMING MAN] Late 20s. Screaming for his life as he is attacked and feasted upon by Hep-V vampires. No lines just screaming for his life. CO-STAR
Episode 7.2 ‘(title:TBA)’
writer: Brian Buckner, director: Lee Rose
to film around mid-january 2014
Woman AKA Sylvie: 20s, beautiful, French. Must be French and speak French fluently. Love interest to Eric (Alexander Skarsgard)… Episode 2 Arc, on the final season of True Blood.
This role requires full frontal nudity excluding genitalia.
This seems to be a very exciting time for Stephen Moyer! In a couple of days, he’ll be performing live as Captain von Trapp in The Sound of Music. Then, he’ll be heading back to LA to prepare to direct the seventh season premiere of True Blood. And, on January 10th, CASM Film’s Free Ride will have showings in LA and NYC and will also be available On Demand! Free Ride’s theatrical trailer was finally released today.
It’s all we want to know and unfortunately we’ve been teased with this question before … and not received the answer. Well, once again Michael Ausiello makes us believe he’s finally got the answer after his latest chat with Steve. Read on, enjoy and don’t forget to check out the original source.
TVLINE: When I spoke to Brian at the end of Season 6, he mentioned that this final season would be a reset of sorts for Bill. He specifically said that he doesn’t want to see Bill be an a–hole anymore. Reaction?
STEVE: I think that it’s really hard. The characters can’t [always] be who the audience — or the actor — wants them to be at all times. That would be dull. A bunch of people loved Bill and Sookie together, but a whole bunch of people didn’t. So you can’t just please this bunch or that bunch. As [series creator] Alan Ball once said, “I’m not interested in people being happy.” And I’ve always said, as soon as you see one of our couples get together, you know [they're] fucked. As soon as Hoyt and Jessica got together I was like “No! They’re going to fucking kill this, I know they are!” Because [that relationship] was so beautiful… I loved playing [Bill]. I love him. Whether they’re were things that I feel were done well or badly or right or brilliantly, I love him.
TVLINE: Brian also said the final season will focus more on Bill-Sookie, specifically the Bill-Sookie-Alcide triangle.
STEVE: I know nothing. I’m directing the first episode, as you probably know, and I haven’t seen [the script]. We shoot [The Sound of Music Live] on the fifth of December and I start prep on True Blood on the ninth.
TVLINE: Wow, no break for you.
STEVE: No. [Laughs].
TVLINE: Personally, do you think Bill and Sookie are the endgame?
STEVE: I don’t know whether they can be, given everything that’s happened between them. What Bill did was open up something inside her that she had never had before. He was the key to a new world for her. And maybe that’s all he was supposed to be — a window into that world. I don’t think that there is a right or wrong answer. I think a bunch of people would be happy if that was the story and a bunch of people would be pissed off if that was the story. I don’t read that shit, so I don’t care, ultimately. All I want to do is do the show and have fun doing it.
TVLINE: What does Anna think?
STEVE: She would have a completely different answer. She would probably say, “Sookie should go off and become a barwoman in New York.”
TVLINE: How are you feeling emotionally about this chapter of your life coming to an end?
STEVE: Sad … You know what a crazy group of people it is. Around Episode 4 or 5 [of every season] we always start getting panicked about that season ending, because it’s a fucking family. That word is bandied about a little bit too much, but it really does feel like [a family]. I’m going to be very excited about what’s to come [career-wise], but slightly bereft that it’s all going to be done.
Peter D. Kramer of The Journal News did a video interview with Peyton Ella and Grace Rundhaug, the two youngest von Trapp children. During the interview, they share what it’s been like working on The Sound of Music with Carrie Underwood and Stephen Moyer. These girls are quite adorable and the story they share about Steve is a gem!
Steve’s answer to what some of his favorite things are probably won’t come as a surprise to most of you. This new video from nbcudirect features several of The Sound of Music cast members. Remember, only 3 more days before TSOM is live on NBC!
Steve took advantage of some down time on November 29th by attending a performance of Peter and the Starcatcher with his daughter, Lilac. After the show they spent time backstage congratulating the cast and having a few photos taken.
Playbill.com asked members of The Sound of Music cast and creative team to share a special moment that stands out as their favorite from the musical. Naturally, more than one moment stood out for Steve, to include praising his fellow cast mates. What he says about the meaning behind “the sound of music” is quite profound:
“There are quite a few things. I don’t think I’ve ever heard “Climb Every Mountain” done by somebody like Audra McDonald. She’s got such a rich voice. This is no disrespect to everybody else who’s played that part, but growing up it was always sort of my least favorite song. I’m thinking of it being done by a shrill nun. [Laughs.] And that is not how it feels when Audra McDonald sings it. So that’s a very sort of amazing classic moment. “Do Re Me” is awesome. The kids do it brilliantly and so does Carrie.
For me, as the Captain, there’s a beautiful moment that stands out. He’s shut music out of his life. Everybody is very regimented and he runs his house like a ship, like a frigate. It’s a very beautifully constructed moment where he’s angry about the politics of what’s going on, he’s angry about his children being dressed in old curtains and he’s angry about the fact that his best friends want him to convert and become a Nazi to just get by so that he doesn’t get into trouble. Then, at the height of his anger, his kids start singing and it’s a song that he used to sing as a kid. It transports him. So for me, that’s a really important moment in the show because it’s the turning point for the Captain from being shut off because of the death of his wife and having been grieving for the last five years – he realizes that he shut out this essential growing tool for the kids, which is to be surrounded by music. One of the things that our musical director David Chase has said is that we sort of have this glib phrase in our head, which is the title, The Sound of Music, which is how it’s just become. But the point is, it’s The Sound of Music that turns his life around. It’s music coming back into that house and how it feels. That is the story, really.”
To read what the rest of the cast and creative team had to say, please visit the Source.
Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin were spotted out in NYC earlier today, as Steve headed off to rehearsals for The Sound of Music. It’s still hard to believe this is now less than a week away!
Those of us who have been fans of Stephen Moyer know that he toured with the Royal Shakespeare Company in the beginning of his career. But he took a detour from stage work that has lasted nearly two decades. This year, after taking on the challenging roles of Billy Flynn in Chicago and Captain Georg von Trapp in the upcoming The Sound of Music LIVE, Steve says he may be ready to take on more stage work, even Shakespeare!
Steve told The New York Daily News’ David Hinckley that now that True Blood is heading into the final season, he’s ready for new challenges. “After six seasons, it starts to feel safe,” he says. “As an actor, I need to do something that isn’t.” Not safe … as in live TV. But working without a net is what gets this actor’s juices flowing. “Every time I get a wave of anxiety, I temper it with a sense of excitement,” says Moyer.
Such excitement comes from the well-crafted role of the von Trapp patriarch. After all, “The Sound of Music” may focus on the “hills” that are “alive,” but the backdrop is the sociopolitical and human tragedy of Nazi Germany — all reflected in the Austrian naval captain. “He was a war hero,” Moyer says of the character he’ll play. “He believes in war. Yet he doesn’t believe in what he now sees. To oppose the Germans in Austria then required real courage.”
The character also summons up the courage to pull himself out of a depression after the death of his wife, who is never seen in the iconic movie version. “This man had everything and lost it,” says Moyer. “After his wife died, he closed himself off from even his children. My instinct is to play him, at the beginning, as extremely unlikable. Then he meets Maria, who reawakens him through music,” Moyer says.
So what’s next once the “The Sound of Music” and “True Blood” have wrapped? More risk, of course. “Maybe I’d like to try a play,” he says. “Maybe some Shakespeare.”
To read more behind the scenes information on the upcoming The Sound of Music production, please visit the source. It’s quite informative!
Anyone else excited about the prospect of Steve doing more live theatre in the future?
Hey Trubies! Ready to start from scratch? As we begin our descent towards the final season, we thought it would be fun to relive the series from the very beginning. On Sunday, November 3rd, we began our episode re-watch. We’re covering 3 episodes per week, for a total of one season per month. As usual, our focus will be on our favorite vampire, Bill Compton, but discussion on all characters is open and welcome. If you haven’t registered yet with the forum, now’s your chance. You don’t want to miss out on the discussion!
This week, we’ll be discussing season two episodes; #201 – Nothing But the Blood, #202 – Keep This Party Going, and #203 – Scratches. So, hop on over to the Simply Moyer Forum, where all the action will take place. There’s been some incredible discussion from the first season, so you don’t want to miss out!