CAST
Maria von Trapp
Captain von Trapp
Mother Abbess
Elsa Schrader
Christian Borle
Max Detweiler
Rolf Gruber
Brigitta von Trapp
Gretl von Trapp
Friedrich von Trapp
Liesl von Trapp
Marta von Trapp
Louisa von Trapp
Kurt von Trapp

Audra McDonald

Mother Abbess

Audra McDonald stars as Mother Abbess in NBC's live three-hour telecast of "The Sound of Music," based on the original Broadway musical. The production is executive produced by Neil Meron and Craig Zadan and will air on December 5 at 8/7c. Carrie Underwood, Stephen Moyer, Laura Benanti and Christian Borle also star.

Audra McDonald is a five-time Tony Award winning and two-time Grammy winning singer and actress. Born into a musical family, McDonald grew up in Fresno, California and received her classical vocal training at The Juilliard School. A year after graduating, she won her first Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical for "Carousel" at Lincoln Center Theater. She received two additional Tony Awards in the featured actress category over the next four years for her performances in the Broadway premieres of Terrence McNally's "Master Class" (1996) and his musical "Ragtime" (1998), earning her an unprecedented three Tony Awards before the age of 30.

McDonald received her first Emmy nomination for her performance in the HBO film version of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Wit." She returned to network television in 2003 in the political drama "Mister Sterling," and from 2007 to 2011, she played Dr. Naomi Bennett on the hit ABC medical drama "Private Practice."

McDonald was featured in the PBS television special "A Broadway Celebration: In Performance at the White House," singing at the request of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. McDonald released her new album "Go Back Home" in May 2013, marking her first solo disc in seven years. She has released four previous solo albums.