"Sound of Music" cast to reunite on Oprah's show

Mon Sep 27, 2010 4:56pm EDT
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The movie cast of "The Sound of Music" are reuniting for the first time in 45 years, with Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer joining their seven fictional children in an October appearance on Oprah Winfrey's TV talk show, producers said on Monday.

Andrews, Plummer, Charmian Carr (Liesl), and the actors who played the six other von Trapp family children will talk about making the 1965 Oscar-winning movie and their lives since it went on to become one of the most popular movie musicals ever.

The reunion will be broadcast on October 29 on "The Oprah Winfrey Show", Winfrey's Harpo productions said.

Some of the real von Trapp children, who travel the world performing songs made famous by the movie, will also appear and pay tribute to the film on the TV show.

"The Sound of Music" won five Oscars, including best picture, and its soundtrack featuring hits like "My Favorite Things" and "Edelweiss" is one of the best-selling soundtracks of all time, having gone Platinum 12 times.

The movie is broadcast regularly on television and has won new fans in sing-along versions shown around the world.

Carr and some of the other, former child actors have come together in the past, but without stars Andrews, 74, who played the mischievous nun turned governess Maria, and Plummer, now 81, the stern Captain von Trapp who leads his family out of Austria just before World War Two.

Plummer, an award-winning Shakespearean stage actor, has sought in the past to distance himself from the movie and declined to attend a cast reunion for 40th anniversary of the DVD release in 2005.

But the actor told Reuters in a February interview he had made peace with his most famous role, despite being type cast as an uptight leading man for years after.

"It is not a film which I detest. The press have always got that wrong. I didn't hate the movie at all. I just didn't think my role was terribly exciting," Plummer said.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)

<p>Actress and singer Julie Andrews poses for photographers while arriving to the 40th Anniversary Edition DVD release party of 'The Sound of Music' at New York's Tavern on the Green November 10, 2005. REUTERS/Diane Bondareff-Twentieth Century Fox/Handout</p>