TODAY | November 26, 2012
>> a group of up and coming actors with a theater in connecticut nbc's erica hill had a chance to sit down with dame julie. erica, good morning. that must have been fun.
>> she happens to be one of the lovelyiest people on the planet, an icon of the screen and the stage. she's also a best selling author, and now she's bringing all of those passions together as her career comes full circle . the hills are alive with the sound of music
>> for over 60 years julie andrews has been entertaining audiences. first on stage and then the screen. ? but her latest role is perhaps the most exciting yet, director.
>> that's a nice idea.
>> reporter: "the great american muosical" is a labor of love, adapted from one of her children's book about some very tiny big stars with big dreams . october, october, october
>> it's really about theater and the homage to the great broadway musicals that we love, but i never ever thought of it as being something for the stage.
>> reporter: inspired at all by any little critters you ever met?
>> i was in " victor victoria " on broadway and heard a little mouse invaded the wardrobe department. suddenly a light bulb went on in my head and i said oh, my gosh what fun it would be to write about theater for children and bring it down to mouse size
>> in this production the mice who live in the theaters are the stars and while originally written for children the stage version of "mousical" has very grown-up moments created by an a- list of actors who are still in awe with a chance to work with julie andrews .
>> i walk in there. hey, you're mary poppins and i'm familiar with your work. she made an awesome cup of tea .
>> we were here and we pinch ourselves every day.
>> what she brings to the table from just, you know, the people she's worked with, the knowledge is, i mean, it's limitless.
>> andrews debuted on broadway when she was just 19. ten years later she was holding an oscar for " mary poppins ," followed by a string of stage and weather and screen roles from " victor victoria "request to "the princess diary." when you look back at your career and you say this is the moment that i knew that this was going to work.
>> when i realized that perhaps one could make just a small difference in audiences' lives and the pleasure that one can hopefully convey to them and the joy that i get in doing it, and somehow that's when it all came together for me because it is about the doing and the giving that is so rewarding.
>> that doing isn't likely to stop any time soon. andrews just released her 27th children's book co-authored with her daughter emma watson hamilton.
>> we laugh a lot when we work, and it's like playing in this delicious sandbox.
>> and, of course, there's "mousical."
>> watching this on stage and gauging audience reaction.
>> it 's wonderful to see what have you and get it on its knees, so to speak, and event think get to its sglefeet.
>> is your goal broadway ?
>> just a good show and if we're lucky enough to go to broadway or perhaps off broadway or regional theater , of course, it would be a dream come true to go to broadway .
>> doesn't hurt when you have julie andrews at the helm. if history has a say "the great american mousical" may have a chance. 19 shows that debuted eventually made it