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!
Pat Cerasaro has done a lovely write-up at BroadwayWorld.com providing background information on The Sound of Music character Captain Georg von Trapp. Mr. Cerasaro also elaborates on why he believes Stephen Moyer is the befitting choice to portray the complex character.
The Lonely Goatherd
Perilously cold and generally up-tight, Captain Von Trapp in THE SOUND OF MUSIC is a role traditionally played by dashing leading men amply able to assume an air of military order and attentiveness while also showing a heart beneath the chilly demeanor. It is a part fraught with less than lovable attributes for much of the playing time due to the specific dramatic dynamic established early on, with the audience usually rooting for Maria and the children, yet the eventual thawing of the heart for that character and his ensuing romance with Maria provides much of the emotional impact of the final scenes of the story.
Indeed, “Edelweiss” is among the most sensitively-wrought and delicately moving musical entries in all of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s incredibly impressive oeuvre, which is certainly saying something significant. When played for all its power, it can very well be the most unforgettable moment of the entire musical. After all, “Edelweiss” was the last song Oscar Hammersein ever wrote and more evocative and stirring lyrics are difficult to ever imagine, particularly given the placement of the song in the show.
To add to the all-around feverish excitement for the new live TV presentation of THE SOUND OF MUSIC, internationally recognized TRUE BLOOD star Stephen Moyer has been tapped to step into the spats previously worn by Theodore Bikel onstage and Christopher Plummer onscreen as the captain. Having recently showed off a handsome baritone in the Hollywood Bowl staging of CHICAGO, Moyer is a befitting choice for the aloof military man, no doubt – particularly considering his most well-known character is also a war veteran with a slightly chilly disposition. Yet, how will Moyer handle the additional musical material deriving from the stage version, such as the trio, “No Way To Stop It”? Tune in to see!
Of note, this new version of THE SOUND OF MUSIC will be a faithful adaptation of the original stage musical by Rodgers & Hammerstein along with bookwriters Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, retelling the historically-based story for a whole new generation. Furthermore, it will be broadcast live, thereby instantly adding an enticing new level of immediacy and excitement to the proceedings. Get ready to reintroduce your family to the most joyful, most emotional and most musical family adventure of them all! THE SOUND OF MUSIC airs Thursday, December 5th at 8/7c, only on NBC.
To read the rest of the article, please visit the source.
With less than a week away from the much anticipated live production of The Sound of Music, the interviews continue to roll in! Steve is featured in today’s Parade.com. The interview is rather brief, but a gem nonetheless! Don’t know about y’all, but we can’t wait to see TSOM on Thursday night!
The British star of HBO’s True Blood, 44, says he jumped at playing Captain von Trapp in The Sound of Music. He and Carrie Underwood are preparing to star in a live broadcast adapted from the original Broadway show on Dec. 5 (NBC, 8 p.m. ET).
Are you a big fan of the movie?
It was very much a part of my childhood. But I hope our version will stand out in its own way, rather than being compared. It’s a different beast. And it’s live—anything can happen. I’m thinking about doing a pratfall to prove it’s live.
Has Carrie [Underwood] impressed you?
She sings the bejesus out of “Lonely Goatherd.” It’s pretty amazing to hear her hit that yodeling.
People may be surprised to discover you’re a singer.
I’m from a village called Herongate, and I started singing in the church choir at 7.
You and your wife, Anna Paquin, had twins in 2012, and you have two older children.
Quite a few friends have said, “You’ve got your own von Trapp clan.” The twins couldn’t be more different [from each other]. It’s interesting.
And you’re into boxing?
I train, but I’m not a fighter. My granddad on my mum’s side was a boxer. He taught me combinations at 2.
From Broadway World:
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NBC’s THE SOUND OF MUSIC LIVE!, starring Carrie Underwood as Maria and Stephen Moyer as Capt. Georg von Trapp, is set to air on Thursday, Dec. 5 (8 PM ET) on NBC.
While sitting down with the Huffington Post to discuss The Sound of Music, Stephen Moyer also opened up about the final season of True Blood. Of course, Steve doesn’t give anything away, so no worries about being spoiled.
HP: How do you feel going into the final season?
SM: I don’t know anything and I’m directing the first episode. I haven’t gotten a script yet and we start shooting in January. I’m really excited, really sad. It’s just a group of people that I absolutely love and it’s certainly the happiest and warmest set I’ve ever been on, so that’s going to be hard to walk away from.
Did you always know that Bill was going to be a good guy in the end?
No, but I thought it was great for the show. I’m a really strong believer in doing what’s best for the show and if that means being a shit then that’s fine.
What do you think about the possibility of a Sookie-Bill reconciliation?
I don’t know whether it’s possible given everything that’s happened. The first mistakes he made at the beginning of the relationship were definitely mistakes that were trying to protect her. It’s not anything he was doing that was necessarily bad. He was sent there, but he kept that from her purely because he didn’t want to hurt her and he didn’t know he was going to fall in love with this girl. I think that he will always be and always was a key for Sookie to unlocking her womanhood and who she became and who she is and who she was. She won’t forget that part of him. Whether there’s any possibility of anything else, I don’t know.
What about Eric? Do you think we’ll see him in the next season?
I don’t know. If I told you that I don’t know you probably wouldn’t believe me, but I don’t.
Do you have your own twisted fantasy about what you hope to happen?
Alex (Skarsgard) and I have been pushing for an Eric-Bill love scene for a long time, but they always said no. But our dream would be for my football team, West Ham United, to play his Swedish team, and would end up in some match-up that Bill and Eric happen to be able to get to.
That would be pretty great, but I don’t think Sookie would be to happy about that.
I’m sure Sookie would find a way to be part of the action. She usually does.