What makes some of the oldest running musicals as fresh as ever? Ask any theater critic and they’ll say its reflective score and plot, memorable moments and a narrative that hits home. Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music” is one such unforgettable musical.
Making its Broadway premiere in 1959, “The Sound of Music” opened to incredible reviews. Record-breaking advance sales were seen of The Sound of Music tickets and finally after 1,443 performances, the musical took its final bow in 1963. Winner of 8 Tony Awards including the “Best Musical”, it enjoyed similar success on West End. It raised its curtains at the Palace Theatre in 1961 and recorded 2,385 performances.
In 1998, “The Sound of Music” got its Broadway revival which earned the musical a Tony Award nomination. In 2016, a national tour was announced, which continues to date. A spirited, romantic masterpiece, “The Sound of Music” features book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. The current producers of the touring show, Grove Entertainment and Ted Chapin chose the multiple-Tony Award winning director Jack O’Brien to lead the production.
O’Brien’s fresh take and shimmering novelty on “The Sound of Music” makes it one of the finest musicals today.
The Sound of Music Musical Information (Original Production)
|Director||Producer||Composer/Lyricist||Writer||Choreographer||Set Designer||Vincent J. Donehue||Richard Rodgers||Oscar Hammerstein II||Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse||Joe Layton||Oliver Smith|
A brilliant collaboration between the composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II, “The Sound of Music” soars with human touches. Based on Maria von Trapp’s memoir “The Story of the Trapp Family Singers”, the musical captures the wonderful journey of its female protagonist Maria. Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse’s book is both dramatic and comedic. Theatergoers had a lot of expectations with the musical on its opening night and “The Sound of Music” didn’t disappoint.
Despite seeing multiple adaptations and revivals, the musical hasn’t lost its appeal. The current director of the national tour, Jack O’Brien has honored the original plot, all the while keeping things fresh.
Set in 1938 Austria, Maria Rainer is a free-spirited nun who joins the Trapp family as a governess. A widower, Captain Georg von Trapp is looking for someone to take care of his seven children and the lovable Maria fits the bill. Engaged to a wealthy socialite, Captain Trapp eventually falls in love with Maria and they get married. The story gets its twist when the Nazis invade Austria and the von Trapp family’s social fabric is threatened.
“The Sound of Music” excels in its story as it delves deep into patriotism and family values. It’s a theater classic for a reason – a statement on the therapeutic and unifying power of music.
The Sound of Music – Original Cast
With such a sound history to its credit and years worth of performances, several actors and actresses have played the endearing characters that bring to the audience “The Sound of Music”. But the first actress to step into the shoes of Maria was Mary Martin. She was 46 years old when she starred as the feisty, sweet and exhilaratingly wonderful Maria. In 1990, cancer took her life, but she will forever be remembered as the Tony Award winning Maria von Trapp.
Jill-Christine Wiley is the new Maria Rainer and she’s winning hearts with her performance on the national tour.
In the original Broadway production, Theodore Bikel played the role of Captain Georg von Trapp. Nominated for a Tony Award in the “Best Featured Actor in a Musical”, he allowed his rich baritone to bring versatility to the character, playing both a stiff officer and a doting father with great ease.
The touring spectacle features Mike McLean as the dynamic Captain Georg von Trapp. Sharing great chemistry with Jill-Christine Wiley, McLean is able to evolve within his character.
Throughout its run, be it the original production, revival or the touring show, von Trapp children have always been played by an extremely talented young lineup. An ingenious mix of international and local performers, these children are full of confidence – lovable in their naiveté, hilarious in their antics and absolutely delightful in their march.
The Sound of Music – Original Score
Any composition that’s the creation of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein is bound to be extraordinary. Presenting the duo’s legacy, “The Sound of Music” is a storied masterpiece enriched by simple lyrics and sing-along melodies. Redefining the American musical comedy, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s collaboration was such that even today when people leave theaters, they are humming the songs instead of speaking about the scenery. In their mind are Rodgers’s neat and eminently infectious melodies.
Through songs, the classic tale of the von Trapp family, their love for music and journey to freedom is presented on stage. The signature tracks, “Do-Re-Mi”, “The Lonely Goatherd” and “My Favorite Things” remain an all-time favorite. The inspirational number “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” soars to the rafters and has the audience swaying in their seats.
The Sound of Music Musical Tickets
Still striking all the right notes, the touring production of “The Sound of Music” is an impressive spectacle. The set designers have created a sight that not only captures the magnificence of the movie, but also uses the grandeur of the stage to its advantage. Everything from direction, choreography and orchestration evokes every memory that the audience has of the endearing story.
Your purchase of The Sound of Music tickets will be completely worth it even if you’ve watched the musical before. As Los Angeles Times reviewed, “The Sound of Music is sparkling, fresh and lively”.
The touring extravaganza under Jack O’Brien reveals some new facets that the audiences haven’t seen before. His representation of the quintessential tale is sure to delight the masses. Aided by a flawless sound design and orchestra, “The Sound of Music” is par excellence. It still makes hearts sing and you will surely leave the theater with a song or two in your head.