British actor Stephen Moyer has been cast opposite Checotah native Carrie Underwood in NBC’s live televised production of “The Sound of Music, set to air Dec. 5.
Moyer, best known for playing vampire Bill Compton on HBO’s “True Blood,” will take on the role of World War I hero Capt. Georg Von Trapp, the network announced in a news release. The musical is set in Austria on the verge of World War II, and follows the unlikely love that develops between the stern Von Trapp and the cheerful governess, Maria (Underwood), the single father hires to care for his seven children.
The three-hour NBC production is based on the original 1959 Broadway production of “The Sound of Music,” which starred Mary Martin and Theodore Bikel. The play won the Tony Award as best musical, with Martin winning as best actress. But the story is best remembered for the 1965 film adaptation starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, which won five Academy Awards, including best picture.
The music and lyrics for “The Sound of Music” were written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, respectively.
Although he is best known for a sexy bloodsucker on “True Blood” – he has appeared on the series since it began in 2008 and was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award as part of the show’s ensemble – Moyer, 43, is a graduate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and a seasoned player on the U.K. theater veteran. According to the news release, Moyer, who is married to “True Blood” co-star Anna Paquin, has acted with the National Theatre of Wales, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Oxford Stage Company and the Young Vic in England. He has played the lead role in Romeo and Juliet and other productions.
In addition, Moyer co-starred with Lucy Lawless, Ashlee Simpson, Drew Carey and Samantha Barks in the Hollywood Bowl’s three-night July run of the musical “Chicago.” Check out this video of Moyer doing justice by “Razzle Dazzle” and “We Both Reached for the Gun” as conniving lawyer Billy Flynn in the production, directed by Brooke Shields: