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Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Get tickets to The Sound of Music at Fox Theatre
hills are alive...you know the rest. Everyone's favorite tale of
nannies, nuns and Nazis is heading out on a new North American tour
in 2015/16. The last show written by legendary duo Rodgers and
Hammerstein, this iconic musical boasts a score which reads like a
Greatest Hits of musical theatre, with songs including My Favorite
Things, Edelweiss and Do-Re-Mi. It's inspired an Oscar-winning movie,
a tv talent show and, as the 18 million viewers who tuned in to see
NBC's live special prove, remains an incredibly popular piece of
American pop culture.
everyone knows the story off by heart, that doesn't mean that there's
nothing new to be said about The Sound of Music. Helming this tour is
Jack O'Brien (Hairspray), one of Broadway's most accomplished
directors, who's seeking to strip away some of the more kitschy
elements which have become attached to the musical over the years.
The three time Tony Award winner told the New York Times that he's
not "trotting out your mother's version."
IS THE SOUND OF MUSIC ABOUT?
the heart of the Austrian Alps, a young woman named Maria is in
training to become a Nun. Unsure that such a free-spirited soul as
Maria is ready for a life of pious devotion, the Head Sister assigns
her to the role of governess to the children of local naval officer
Captain Georg Von Trapp.
Maria discovers, the Von Trapp children have run off several
governesses before her through their mischievous behaviour, but with
a little love and time (and a lot of singing) Maria begins to win
them over. Her kind-heartedness and patience also begins to dispel
the gloom around their father, who is still in mourning for his late
wife, and the two begin to fall in love. But danger looms on the
horizon with the advent of World War II, and the Captain faces being
drafted into the German army.
(BRIEF) HISTORY OF THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Maria was a real person. The memoir of this Austrian governess was
filmed in 1956 as Die Trapp-Familie, which in turn inspired Rogers
and Hammerstein to turn her extraordinary story into a Broadway show.
Debuting in 1959 at The Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, The Sound of Music won
five Tonys, with its reputation being cemented by the subsequent
Julie Andrews-starring movie adaptation.
wrongly assumed to be a traditional Austrian folk song, Edelweiss was
indeed written for the musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein.
night: 1 March 2016
through until: 6 March 2016
2 hours and 30 minutes, including one intermission