NEW YORK (AP) — The 1965 film version of "The Sound of Music," with Julie Andrews in the starring role, won five Oscars, including best picture.
Even more important, it won moviegoers' hearts. Nearly everybody saw it then, and again, certifying for all time the hit status it enjoyed on Broadway with its opening six years before.
It is the Broadway version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic that is being brought to TV on Dec. 5 as "The Sound of Music Live!"
While they labored to climb ev'ry mountain to prepare for it, the stars of the NBC telecast recently recalled how "The Sound of Music" first became one of their favorite things.
— Carrie Underwood (Maria): "My mom and dad went to see the movie on one of their first dates. I didn't know that until I became involved in this project and Mom told me. But it's always been real special to our family, and every time it was on TV, it was a thing: Me and Mom would watch it."
— Audra McDonald (Mother Abbess): "My first exposure to 'The Sound of Music' was a music box that played 'Edelweiss' given to me around my birth by my uncle. I still have it."