The Sound of Music Is LIVE on NBC Tonight!

What, you ask, could be better than a holiday-season telecast of that classic favorite, The Sound of Music?

How about an all-new version of the iconic musical? How about an all-new version of the iconic musical featuring "American Idol" sweetheart Carrie Underwood, Broadway darling Audra McDonald, "True Blood" hottie Stephen Moyer and Broadway/"Smash" star Christian Borle? How about an all-new version of the iconic musical featuring that whole list of big names—and broadcast LIVE?

Odds are, unless you've been living under a rock, you've heard about the amazingness that will transpire on NBC tonight at 8/7c. But today, as the actual hour approaches, I, for one, am having a hard time concealing my giddiness. Did I mention that Broadway director and choreographer extraordinaire Rob Ashford will be directing this whole shebang? That means we're hopefully in for not just great singing, but some pretty high-caliber dancing.

Here's a little "Making of The Sound of Music" video to tide you over until 8 pm. And if you still want more (of course you do), check out the official Sound of Music LIVE! website, which has a collection of behind-the-scenes photos and interviews with cast members.

Now I'm going to go pat myself on the back for not using a single lyric-based pun in this post. Because good cheesy lyrical references are a few of my favorite...DANG IT.

(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)

Congratulations to Dance Spirit's 2019 Cover Model Search finalists: Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland! One of them will win a spot on Dance Spirit's Fall 2019 cover. Learn more about the dancers on their profile pages, and then vote for your favorite below. You can vote once a day now through July 15.

We also want you to get social! We'll be factoring social media likes and shares into our final tallies. Be sure to show your favorite finalist some love on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, sharing their profile pages and using the hashtag #DanceSpiritCMS.

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Imagine attending American Ballet Theatre's prestigious NYC summer intensive, training among classical ballet legends. Imagine taking the stage at New York City Dance Alliance Nationals, competing against some of the country's best contemporary dancers. Now, imagine doing both—at the same time.

Welcome to Madison Brown's world. This summer, she's in her third year as a National Training Scholar with ABT, while also competing for NYCDA's Teen Outstanding Dancer title. (She's already won Outstanding Dancer in the Mini and Junior categories.) The logistics are complicated—ABT's five-week intensive overlaps with the weeklong NYCDA Nationals, which translates to a lot of cabs back and forth across Manhattan—but Maddie is committed to making the most of each opportunity. "I love contemporary and ballet equally," she says. "While I'm able to do both, I want to do as much as I can."

Maddie has an expressive face, endless extensions, and a quiet command of the stage. She dances with remarkable maturity—a trait noted by none other than Jennifer Lopez, one of the judges on NBC's "World of Dance," on which Maddie competed in Season 2. Although Maddie didn't take home the show's top prize, she was proud to be the youngest remaining soloist when she was eliminated, and saw the whole experience as an opportunity to grow. After all, she's just getting started. Oh, that's right—did we mention Maddie's only 14?

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