Underwood, McDonald captivate in live ‘Sound of Music'

(SHNS) - A few of America's favorite things on Thursday night included "The Sound of Music Live!"

The live musical performance starring Carrie Underwood aired for three and a half hours during primetime viewing on NBC, and early ratings reports show it in the lead. The event dominated internet search lists and social media conversation overnight.

Celebrities watching took to twitter during the airing. Actress Cameron Diaz tweeted, "Habits off to the entire cast/crew … Nice work to you all!" Anna Kendrick of "Pitch Perfect" fame, tweeted comedic criticism throughout, but gave compliments to the musical's leading ladies.

Thursday's all-star cast featured the American Idol winner and other notables, including "True Blood" actor Stephen Moyer and Broadway performers Audra McDonald, Laura Benanti and Christian Borle.

The production cost an estimated $9 million to make. Sony Masterworks has released its soundtrack, and the DVD version is expected out Dec. 17.

The show is expected to air on television again before Christmas. 

"The Sound of Music" is a Rodgers and Hammerstein classic set in the 1930s during a time when the Nazis were about to take over Austria. It is based on a true-story romance between a nun who leaves her abbey to care for the children of Captain von Trapp, a widow. 

It debuted on Broadway in 1959 and was made into a film in 1965, which won an Oscar for best picture.

Click on the video player below to watch a segment from the show. Mobile viewers can watch here: http://bit.ly/1f3xqEL

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