Auf weidersehen, Vampire Bill! True Blood star Stephen Moyer will star as Captain Georg Von Trapp in NBC’s live broadcast of The Sound of Music, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The three-hour musical telecast, starring previously announced Grammy winner Carrie Underwood as Maria Von Trapp and produced by Smash's Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, will air on December 5.
Set in pre-WWII Austria, The Sound of Music is based on the romantic true story of Maria von Trapp, an aspiring nun who leaves her abbey to become a governess for the widower Captain von Trapp's seven children. Maria soon finds herself falling in love with her employer and questioning her religious calling. The musical premiered on Broadway in 1959, where it broke box-office records and won the Tony Award for Best Musical. The 1965 film version won the Oscar for Best Picture. The Sound of Music features music and lyrics by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II and a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse.
Moyer recently wrapped a three-night July run at the Hollywood Bowl in the musical production of Chicago, where he played Billy Flynn. Known mainly for his TV and movie credits, the actor is a graduate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and performed with the National Theatre Wales, The Royal Shakespeare Company and the Oxford Stage Company.
Check out Moyer doing his best "Razzle Dazzle" in the Hollywood Bowl's summer staging of Chicago below!