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Sound of Music Live! Poll Top Three: Fans Adored Audra McDonald’s Emotional 'Climb Ev’ry Mountain'

Sound of Music Live! Poll Top Three: Fans Adored Audra McDonald’s Emotional 'Climb Ev’ry Mountain'
Audra McDonald as Mother Abess & Carrie Underwood as Maria in 'The Sound of Music'
Audra McDonald's 'Climb Every Mountain' was a fan favorite!

The Sound of Music Live! was the highlight of our week (can we do it again next Thursday?!), featuring American Idol winner Carrie Underwood, True Blood fave Stephen Moyer and the Tony-winning trifecta of Audra McDonald, Laura Benanti and Christian Borle. It was a wonderful evening of musical theater for all—and no one even fell over! After the flurry of Sound of Music Tweets subsided last night, we asked you to pick your favorite song from the NBC live event. The results were close…Oh, who are we kidding, they weren't at all. Audra won, like she always does. Read below to revisit the top three musical numbers of the night!


1. “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” – 48%
After getting a sneak preview of Audra’s performance at the Rockefeller Center tree lighting on December 4, we knew her “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” was going to be something special. The five-time Tony winner has some pretty high standards to live up to, and McDonald completely owned this showstopper. Even Carrie Underwood was reduced to tears!


2. “How Can Love Survive” – 7%
Nary a care in the world have we when Laura Benanti is around. She has just the voice, the acting chops and the snark to play Baroness Elsa—and she joined the Sound of Music live Tweet-fest seconds after her final exit (“Elsa OUT!”). Add in the always hilarious Christian Borle as Max and Stephen Moyer as the surprisingly excellent Captain, and you’ve got a hit. And is that Mary Poppins pouring a spot of tea?


3. “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” – 6%
The third-place trophy goes to a sweet rendition of “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” by two stellar newcomers, Ariane Rinehart and Michael Campayno. In the live telecast we witnessed the exact moment the careers of these two budding stars shot into the stratosphere. Rinehart, currently a student at Barnard College and Campayno, a senior at Carnegie Mellon, just got 18.5 million new fans. Can’t wait to see you both on Broadway!

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