Tonight, NBC will broadcast The Sound of Music Live!, which is exactly what it sounds like: a live production of the classic Rogers and Hammerstein musical. Starring Carrie Underwood as Maria von Trapp, the nun who forsakes her religious calling to marry the man she loves so they can tour the world with their brood of singing children, the production is the first live television event of its kind in decades. The Sound of Music is a beloved family classic, but there’s quite a lot you may not know about the musical, the wildly popular film based upon it, and the real-life Maria von Trapp.
1. The TV version is, in fact, not a remake of the Oscar-winning film directed by Robert Wise, which was epic in nature considering that kooky nun was rolling all across the alps followed by children wearing curtains. The film, which was released in 1965, diverges somewhat from the musical, which premiered in November 1959 on Broadway. For example, the song order is a lot different, so don’t be surprised when Maria teaches the children scales way before they decide they like her, and the marionette performance of “The Lonely Goatherd” (seen above) doesn’t take place in the show. Bad news for the people who love terrifying puppets!