The hills are alive with the sound of old pros making music again. Julie Andrews
and Christopher Plummer
who made movie history as Captain and Maria Von Trapp in the 1965 classic The Sound of Music
are reuniting in CBS's live adaptation of Ernest Thompson
's play, On Golden Pond
(airing April 29 at 9 pm/ET).
This isn't the first time two Hollywood legends have joined forces to personify Thompson's creations, Norman and Ethel Thayer, an elderly couple confronting heady life issues while summering at their New England cottage. Henry Fonda and Katharine Hepburn garnered best actor and actress Oscars for the 1981 movie, which also won best adapted screenplay. However, performing it on live TV before millions making this technically the biggest opening night ever for a stage performance is quite another matter.
"Well listen, it's a mere bagatelle, isn't it," Plummer jokes to the TV Guide Channel. Chimes in Andrews: "It's a little daunting, but wonderfully exciting because it's a marvelous piece. I just thank God that we knew each other when we began rehearsals, because if we had to [get acquainted] for the first time, it would have been awful."
What is awful for the vivacious Andrews and Plummer who are 65 and 71, respectively is the idea of spending hours in a makeup chair "maturing" with the help of prosthetic wrinkles. "I think by the time opening night comes, we will be so frazzled that we will look exactly the right age," Plummer laughs. "I don't think we'll need any makeup!"