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by tim molloy
Small and white, clean and bright: The character Captain Georg Von Trapp was played by Christopher Plummer (left) in the 1965 film. This year, Stephen Moyer of 'True Blood' will be taking on the role in a three-hour TV special.
The British actor goes from playing a vampire to a singing captain with six kids in upcoming musical.
True Blood star Stephen Moyer has been added to the cast of NBC’s The Sound Of Music as World War I hero Captain Georg Von Trapp.
Though best known for playing a vampire, Moyer has musical theatre bona fides: Last month he starred in the Hollywood Bowl’s production of Chicago, playing Billy Flynn.
NBC’s three-hour production of the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic will air Dec 5 in the United States, with Carrie Underwood as Maria. The special will be based on the original 1959 Broadway production, which won the Tony Award for best musical.
The 1965 film version, starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
Moyer, a graduate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, has spent time 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 in Romeo And Juliet, among other stage roles.
Universal Television’s The Sound Of Music is executive-produced by Neil Meron and Craig Zadan. Beth McCarthy-Miller and Rob Ashford will serve as directors. — Reuters
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