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Singer & Lover of Musicals

1960s

Throughout the 1960s the popularity of the traditional musical began to dwindle. It began as the 1950s left off, with more musical hits such as Oliver! and Cabaret produced that captured the imaginations of the theatre going public. But times were changing in the entertainment industry and the world of theatre was turned upside down by rock 'n roll which took the focus away from the stage. Or changed the meaning of the musical altogether introducing rock musicals such as Hair.  However, movie musicals still thrived, capturing popular stage musicals on screen, including classics such as West Side Story, Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music.

THE SOUND OF MUSIC

 

THE SHOW & SHOW HISTORY

 

Set in Salzburg, Austria before World War II, The Sound of Music tells the story of Maria, a free spirited young woman training to be a nun. To test whether she is well suited to a life of seclusion, Mother Abbess sends her as a governess to the seven children of Sea Captain Von Trapp. Outside the Abbey walls, Maria learns what her calling really is and whether the life of a nun is for her. Set against the imminent war and Nazi invasion, The Sound of Music tells us how life can always be unpredictable, no matter how well it is planned.

 

Known for songs such as 'Do-Re-Mi,'  'Edelweiss' and many other hits, The Sound of Music premiered on Broadway in 1959 and went on to run for 1.443 performances before transferring to the West End. More recently, the show was revived by Andrew Lloyd Webber at the London Palladium in 2006 after a nationwide television search for a new star to play Maria in a programme called "How do you solve a problem like Maria?" As well as the continuing success of the stage show, the film, made in 1964, starring Julie Andrews as Maria and Christopher Plummer as Captain Von Trapp, endures as one of the most successful musical films of all time, capturing the imagination of the world.

WHY I HEART IT

 

The Sound of Music has always been and continues to be one of my favourite films of all time. From a young age, I was enraptured by Julie Andrews and the story of music changing lives. I have also been lucky enough to see the stage show at the Palladium when Summer Strallen took over from Connie Fisher, the winner of How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? The show and film are completely different interpretations but the film will always be very close to my heart.

SONG IN CONTEXT

 

In show full of hits, from Sixteen going on Seventeen to Edelweiss, it is tough to choose a favourite. But one of my favourite songs, Something Good, an understated duet that Maria and Von Trapp sing when they first express their love for each other. It gives us an insight into how Maria feels about her life and whether she deserves anything as good as Captain Von Trapp and his children.

 

The song doesn't feature in the stage show as it was written by Richard Rodgers after the death of Oscar Hammerstein, when the film was in production. It is said that the famous writing pair fell out over where the story should focus - on the history or the love story. So after Oscar's death, Richard had the chance to write the love song he always wanted to.

 

 

THE LOWDOWN

Music & Lyrics by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II

Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse

Originally staged at Lunt-Fontaine Theatre, 1959

 

My Favourite Cast (1965 Film)

Maria : Julie Andrews

Captain Von Trapp : Christopher Plummer

Mother Abbes : Peggy Wood

Baroness Elsa von Schraeder : Eleanor Parker

Max Detweiler : Richard Haydn

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