THE SHOWS MUST GO ON! YOUTUBE CHANNEL SERIES CONTINUES WITH THE ALL-STAR TELEVISED PRODUCTION OF THE SOUND OF MUSIC LIVE! STARRING THE SENSATIONAL CARRIE UNDERWOOD
BASED ON THE CLASSIC RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN BROADWAY MUSICAL, FANS AROUND THE WORLD CAN WATCH THE FREE LIVESTREAM STARTING ON FRIDAY, JUNE 26 (2PM ET / 11AM PT) AT YOUTUBE.COM/THESHOWSMUSTGOON
LIVE VIEWING PARTIES HOSTED BY TIME OUT AND THE RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN ORGANIZATION ON FRIDAY, JUNE 26 AT 8PM BST (UK) and 8PM ET (US)
FOR FANS WHO WISH TO MAKE A CHARITABLE DONATION, A DONATE BUTTON WILL BE ADDED TO THE FULL-LENGTH VIDEO IN SUPPORT OF ACLU
The phenomenal success of THE SHOWS MUST GO ON! YouTube Channel continues with the much loved Rodgers & Hammerstein production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC LIVE!, a television special originally broadcast by NBC in 2013, featuring seven-time Grammy Award-winner Carrie Underwood and True Blood star Stephen Moyer.
From the producers of the Academy Award-winning Chicago and BAFTA and Golden Globe nominated Hairspray, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron of Storyline Entertainment, the special was an adaptation of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II’s 1959 Broadway musical The Sound of Music. Directed by Tony Award-winning theatre director Rob Ashford and Prime Time Emmy-nominee Beth McCarthy-Miller, the production was originally a ratings success for NBC, delivering the network’s most-watched Thursday with non-sports programming since the Frasier finale in 2004 and ultimately reaching more than 42 million viewers. It remains the most-watched live musical television event since its broadcast revived the format in 2013.
Carrie Underwood and Stephen Moyer star as Maria and Captain von Trapp in this beloved story of the young novice who falls in love with Captain von Trapp and his seven children, set against the backdrop of Nazi-occupied Austria. The jewel in the Rodgers & Hammerstein crown, THE SOUND OF MUSIC LIVE! contains some of the most famous songs ever written for the stage, including “The Sound of Music,” “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Sixteen Going on Seventeen,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” and “Edelweiss.” This version of The Sound of Music has been faithfully adapted from the original stage musical to retell the story for a whole new generation.
To support the livestream, Time Out and The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization are hosting live viewing parties of THE SOUND OF MUSIC LIVE! on Friday, June 26 at 8pm BST (UK) and 8pm ET (US). Be sure to follow along with The Sound of Music Twitter and Instagram, and the respective Time Out Twitter and Instagram accounts (@TimeOutLondon and @TimeOutNewYork) for trivia and fun facts throughout the event. Gather the whole family and use #SoundOfMusic on social media to be a part of the fun!
While the stream is free for everyone to enjoy, those who view the stream are encouraged to support the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), by visiting THIS LINK. A donate button will also be added to the full-length video. The ACLU has been at the center of nearly every major civil liberties battle in the U.S. for more than 100 years and is committed to fighting for freedom and the protection of constitutional rights for generations to come.
THE SOUND OF MUSIC LIVE! will be available to live stream from Friday, June 26 (2pm ET / 11am PT) for a limited 48-hour period on THE SHOWS MUST GO ON! YouTube Channel.
ABOUT THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s last musical was a triumph. The Sound of Music opened at Broadway’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on November 16, 1959. It ran for 1,443 performances and earned five Tony Awards including Best Musical. In addition, the cast album earned a Gold Record and the Grammy Award. Florence Henderson starred in the first national tour, which played for more than two years. Jean Bayless created the role of Maria in the original London production, which ran for more than six years, long holding the record as the longest-running American musical in London.
In 1965 the motion picture version of The Sound of Music was released, and it made Hollywood history. Directed by Robert Wise, with a score revised by Rodgers (Hammerstein had died in 1960, so Rodgers composed both music and lyrics for two songs added to the film: “I Have Confidence” and “Something Good”), and a screenplay by Ernest Lehman, The Sound of Music boasted a dream cast: Julie Andrews as Maria, Christopher Plummer as the Captain, Eleanor Parker as Elsa, Peggy Wood as the Mother Abbess and Charmian Carr as Liesl. Winner of five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, The Sound of Music has become the most popular movie musical ever made.
ABOUT RICHARD RODGERS AND OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II
After long and highly distinguished careers with other collaborators, Richard Rodgers (Composer, 1902-79) and Oscar Hammerstein II (Librettist/Lyricist, 1895-1960) joined forces in 1943 to create the most successful partnership in American Musical Theatre. Prior to joining forces, Rodgers collaborated with lyricist Lorenz Hart on musical comedies that epitomized wit and sophistication (Pal Joey, On Your Toes, Babes In Arms, and more), while Hammerstein brought new life to operetta and created the classic Show Boat with Jerome Kern. Oklahoma!, the first Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, introduced an integrated form that became known as “the musical play.” Their shows that followed included Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, and The Sound of Music. Collectively, the Rodgers & Hammerstein musicals have earned Tony, Oscar, Grammy, Emmy, Pulitzer, and Olivier Awards. The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization is a Concord Company, www.concord.com.
ABOUT UPHE CONTENT GROUP
Headquartered in London, UPHE Content Group is a repertoire centre of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, acquiring and producing multi-genre entertainment for distribution across theatrical, home entertainment, television and digital platforms on a worldwide basis. UPHE Content Group is part of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (UPHE – www.uphe.com) is a unit of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group (UFEG). UFEG produces, acquires, markets and distributes filmed entertainment worldwide in various media formats for theatrical, home entertainment, television and other distribution platforms, as well as consumer products, interactive gaming and live entertainment. The global division includes Universal Pictures, Focus Features, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, Universal Brand Development, Fandango and DreamWorks Animation Film and Television. UFEG is part of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.
ABOUT TIME OUT GROUP PLC
Time Out Group is a global media and leisure business that helps people explore and experience the best of the city through its two divisions – Time Out Media and Time Out Market. Time Out launched in London in 1968 with a magazine to help people discover the exciting new urban cultures that had started up all over the city. Today, the Group’s digital and physical presence comprises websites, magazines, live events and Time Out Market. Across these platforms Time Out distributes its curated content – written by professional journalists – around the best food, drink, culture, entertainment and travel across 328 cities in 58 countries. The first Time Out Market opened in Lisbon in 2014 and is now Portugal’s most popular attraction with 4.1 million visitors in 2019. Following this success, five new Time Out Markets opened in North America in 2019 in Miami, New York, Boston, Montréal and Chicago. A further pipeline of other global locations includes Dubai, London, Porto and Prague. Time Out Group, listed on AIM, is headquartered in the United Kingdom.