Jean Bayless (Bayliss in some print) as Maria in the first UK version of The Sound of Music

ITV today announced further cast for The Sound of Music Live! – a live television dramatisation of the world’s most popular musical, due to air on ITV over the Christmas period.

Olivier Award winning actress, Maria Friedman joins the cast as Mother Abbess and actor and comedian, Mel Giedroyc will appear as Frau Schmidt. As previously announced former EastEnders actress Kara Tointon will be playing the lead role of Maria, following in the footsteps of Jean Bayless (first UK Maria on the stage), Julie Andrews (film version) and more recently Connie Fisher who gained the role following a BBC talent search.

“I’m thrilled and excited to be taking on the iconic role of Maria in The Sound of Music Live!. I’m looking forward to bringing this character to life for ITV viewers and to follow in the footsteps of some great actresses who have played Maria on stage and film.” – Kara Tointon

Maria and Mel will be joined by a stellar ensemble cast including Evelyn Hoskins who will play the part of Liesl von Trapp and perform the classic song ’16 going on 17′ alongside Jon Tarcy, who will play Rolf Gruber. Olivier Award winner Paul Copley will star as Franz. David Bamber will play Herr Zeller, with Claire Oberman as Frau Zeller. Admiral von Schreiber will be played by Paul Jesson, Peter Vollerbregt will star as the Lieutenant. James Lailey will play Baron Elberfeld alongside Jane How as Baroness Elberfeld.

Rehearsals are now underway for this ambitious production which sees Julian Ovenden as Captain Georg von Trapp; Katherine Kelly as Baroness Elsa Schraeder and Alexander Armstrong as Max Detweiler.

“The Sound of Music is a much-loved musical and it’s a privilege to play such an illustrious character as Captain von Trapp alongside such a talented team, both in front and behind the cameras. I can’t wait to help bring this epic production to screen in what promises to be a true highlight for the family this Christmas.” – Julian Ovenden

The timeless and true story of Maria and the von Trapp family will come to life on soundstages at London’s Three Mills Studios during an ambitious two and a half hour musical drama which will be transmitted live on ITV. Based on the original stage musical with a book by Lindsay & Crouse and suggested by The Trapp Family Singers by Maria Augusta Trapp,​ The Sound of Music Live!​ will include all of the songs from its classic score by Rodgers and Hammerstein, including How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria, Edelweiss, Do-Re-Mi, My Favorite Things, Climb Ev’ry Mountain and the title song.

Pictured: Jean Bayless as Maria in the original 1950s UK theatre version of The Sound of Music.

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