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

Laura Benanti

Elsa Schrader

Laura Benanti stars as Elsa Schrader 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, Audra McDonald and Christian Borle also star.

Benanti has held numerous roles in comedies, dramas and musicals, including "Go On," "The Playboy Club," "Starved," "Royal Pains," "The Big C," "Law & Order: SVU" and "Eli Stone." She guest starred on "Elementary" and "Life on Mars" and was featured in the films "Take the Lead" and "Meskada."

Ms. Benanti received Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards and a Tony Nomination for her role in the Broadway production of "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown." She also demonstrated her comic flair in the Public Theater's production of Christopher Durang's "Why Torture Is Wrong, And the People Who Love Them." She earned the 2008 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her revelatory portrayal of Gypsy Rose Lee in "Gypsy." Her other Broadway roles include "Into the Woods," "Swing!" and "Nine."