And now this: Bethpage's Grumman Studios is expected to be the venue for NBC's Dec. 5 live telecast of 'The Sound of Music" -- starring, as you are probably aware, Carrie Underwood as Maria and Stephen Moyer as Von Trapp -- produced by Neil Meron and Craig Zadan. Rehearsals began this week.
A report in the Daily News Friday morning has confirmed that "The Sound of Music" will originate from one of Grumman's sound stages, and while neither NBC nor Grumman have yet to confirm, I think I can safely say the Daily News is correct.
This is, suffice it to say, something of a victory for Nassau County chief Ed Mangano, who has taken to calling Nassau "Hollywood East" and with a little bit of justification: By the county's own estimates, per a recent news release, "In 2012, Nassau County hosted over 650 production days. Among the more than dozen movies and television shows [including]: “Spiderman,” “Winter’s Tale,” “Found Footage,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “Royal Pains,” “The Good Wife,” “Affluenza,” ”The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Four Weddings,” “Infamous,” “Deception,” “The Americans” and “Zero Hour.”
Grumman has been the centerpiece of this revival.
Other than a few critical production details, for example, Beth McCarthy-Miller, who knows "live" well and she should, as one of "Saturday Night Live's" major directorial forces over the years, will be one of the directors, along with choreographer Rob Ashford.
But nothing has been said about Grumman. Why? Beats me.