This Christmas, ITV will present THE SOUND OF MUSIC Live! - a new television version of the world’s most popular musical - transmitted live to the whole of the UK.
The beloved story of Maria and the von Trapp family will come to life on soundstages at London’s Three Mills Studios and is based on the original stage musical with a book by Lindsay & Crouse and a score by Rodgers & Hammerstein. THE SOUND OF MUSIC Live! will include all of the songs from the classic score, including ‘How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria’, ‘Edelweiss’, ‘Do-Re-Mi’, ‘My Favorite Things’ and ‘Climb Ev’ry Mountain’.
The cast is to include Kara Tointon (Mr Selfridge, Pygmalion, EastEnders) as Maria; Julian Ovenden (Downton Abbey, Smash, My Night With Reg) as Captain Georg von Trapp; Katherine Kelly (Mr Selfridge, She Stoops To Conquer, Coronation Street) as Baroness Elsa Schraeder and Alexander Armstrong (Armstrong and Miller) as Max Detweiler.
Bafta nominated director Coky Giedroyc (Wuthering Heights, The Virgin Queen, Oliver Twist) will be Creative Director; with Tony award winning Martin Koch (Billy Elliot The Musical, Mamma Mia!) as Musical Director. The Live television director is Richard Valentine.
ITV’s Director of Entertainment and Comedy Elaine Bedell said “This is the first time in the UK that this type of project has been attempted – a musical drama both performed and broadcast live. We have assembled some amazing talent both in front of and behind the camera and I can’t wait to see pre-war Salzburg come to life.”
Victoria Fea, ITV’s Controller of Drama said "We are so thrilled to be making a landmark production of this eternally popular show, which promises to be a highlight of the Christmas schedules. There are some much-loved performers already preparing for the big night and we know they won't disappoint.”
Ted Chapin, President of Rodgers & Hammerstein: An Imagem Company said “The Sound of Music really is in a class by itself. Since the early sixties, it has lived on as both an award winning Broadway musical and an award winning film. The notion of creating a production for live television broadcast is a large undertaking, and one we are delighted ITV has taken on for what will undoubtedly be a Christmas-time treat for the whole of the UK.”
The Sound of Music Live! is an ITV Studios production for ITV.