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The Sound of Music to be broadcast live on ITV

Kara Tointon, who starred in Pygmalion at Garrick Theatre, will play Maria in The Sound of Music Live!. Photo: Tristram Kenton Kara Tointon, who starred in Pygmalion at the Garrick Theatre, will play Maria in The Sound of Music Live!. Photo: Tristram Kenton
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Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The Sound of Music is to be broadcast live by ITV starring Kara Tointon and Julian Ovenden.

The Sound of Music Live! will be broadcast over Christmas from Three Mills Studios in London. It has been described by ITV as the first project of its kind in the UK.

In the US, The Sound of Music was broadcast live starring Carrie Underwood in 2013.

Tointon will star as Maria, with Ovenden as Captain von Trapp and Katherine Kelly as Baroness Elsa Schraeder. Alexander Armstrong will play Max Detweiler.

Coky Giedroyc will be creative director, while Martin Koch will be musical supervisor. The television director is Richard Valentine.

ITV director of comedy and entertainment 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’ve assembled some of the very best talent both in front of and behind the camera, and I can’t wait to see it all come together.”

The Sound of Music Live! is being produced by ITV Studios. Andre Ptaszynski, Lee Connolly and Fiona Clark will executive produce.

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