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Benanti, who won a Tony for Gypsy, will play Elsa Schrader, Capt. von Trapp’s rich would-be fiancee. Meanwhile, Borle, a Smash vet who won a Tony for Peter and the Starcatcher, has joined as Max Dettweiler, Capt. von Trapp’s friend. The three-hour production is based on the original 1959 Broadway production of The Sound of Music, which starred Mary Martin and Theodore Bikel. The play won the Tony Award for best musical, with Martin winning for best actress. The 1965 Sound of Music film adaptation starringJulie Andrews and Christopher Plummerwent on to win five Academy Awards, including best picture. STORY: Carrie Underwood to Play Maria von Trapp in NBC’s ‘Sound of Music’ The castings come three weeks after True Blood veteran Stephen Moyer was announced as Capt. Georg von Trapp, the single father of seven children. Living in Austria on the cusp of World War II, the militaristic but warm-hearted von Trapp engages a young governess, Maria (Carrie Underwood), whom he hires to take care of his children. The Sound of Music, produced by Universal TV, is executive produced by Neil Meron and Craig Zadan. Beth McCarthy-Miller and Rob Ashford will serve as directors.

“He would ask a question and if he didn’t like the answer, he’d cut the boyfriend on the neck,” said Sgt. Alex Kim. After between three and five hours, the woman was able to get away and call police from a neighbor’s home. Arriving officers ordered the suspect to drop the machete. By the time he did, he had slit his own wrists. “He asked his ex-wife to watch as he killed himself,” Sgt. Jeff Nuttall told KCBS. The suspect, 57-year-old Behnam Vasseghi of Woodland Hills, remained hospitalized Monday in stable condition, Faden said. He was expected in court Tuesday to face attempted murder charges. The woman also was injured during the struggle to get away and was treated at a hospital and released. She was not identified. He previously managed Asylum Records, worked in talent marketing at the radio network Westwood One, and headed video distribution at MCA, according to his bio on the KJazz website. SHARE 15 CONNECT 45 TWEET 1 COMMENTEMAILMORE Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

Music therapy yields results for kids with special needs

We live in a talking word, and communication is difficult for kids with Down Syndrome. Ruby Anne and her classmates all have Down syndrome, a genetic disorder that impairs growth and often makes speech development difficult. Shaacks class works as a music therapy group that parents say have helped their children make leaps and bounds across a range of academic and social skills. I cant even separate music and speech, because theyve just been so integral, Pierce said. [Ruby Annes] been able to sing things because she can actually say them. Ruby Anne has been attending Shaacks music class for more than three years, and she also sees Shaack for weekly music lessons. Thanks to Shaack and her musical touch, Pierce says her daughter first learned to spell her name in the West Salem classroom. Everybody relates everything to music so much better, and it just clicks with kids with disabilities, Pierce said. Its not just speech skills that Ruby Anne and her friends are learning in the music therapy group. Shaack said shes seen progress in motor skills, including writing and playing instruments. But perhaps more importantly, the class helps students focus on their strengths instead of their weaknesses. Its not about what they can’t do, it’s what they can do, Shaack said. Even if they can’t sing the lyrics of the song, they can still do the actions to Itsy Bitsy Spider. Or they can play the instrument, maybe not in rhythm, but thats not the point. According to Pierce, music therapy for kids with special needs hasnt caught on in western Wisconsin like it has in other parts of the state, but shes hoping Shaacks class will gain more steam in the La Crosse area.