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Point Park grad directs NBC's "Sound of Music"

December 5, 2013

YellowBrix

Dec. 05--PITTSBURGH -- Point Park University graduate Rob Ashford will direct Thursday's NBC's live production of "The Sound of Music."

The Tony Award-winning Ashford, and co-director Beth McCarthy-Miller, will helm the three-hour musical that begins at 8 p.m. and stars six-time Grammy-winning country singer Carrie Underwood.

Stephen Moyer of HBO's "True Blood" and five-time Tony winner Audra McDonald also appear in the faithful adaptation of Rodgers and Hammerstein's beloved musical.

This live "The Sound of Music" performance also features the TV debut of Pittsburgh native Michael Campayno, a Carnegie Mellon University Drama School senior and 2008 recipient of a Gene Kelly Award while attending Central Catholic High School. Campayno plays the Rolf character.

Ashford won his Tony in 2002 for choreographing "Thoroughly Modern Millie." He has been nominated for eight Tonys and for several Laurence Olivier awards, the British equivalent of the Tony. He won the Drama Desk, Fred Astaire, and Outer Critics Circle awards for 2008's "Cry-Baby" and directed Broadway revivals of "Promises, Promises," starring Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth, and "How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying," starring Daniel Radcliffe. Earlier this year, Ashford directed his first non-musical on Broadway, a revival of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" starring Scarlett Johansson.

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