Last night I took my oldest to see a live performance of The Sound of Music. I hadn’t seen the film in its entirety since I was a child, so I borrowed the movie from a friend last weekend so that I could introduce Emma to the story and show her what to expect.
What I wasn’t prepared for was how much I needed to see it again. It’s amazing how a film viewing experience changes when you view it as an adult for the first time again from start to finish. There were so many nuances that are so evident with the change in perspective. I hadn’t realized (or remembered) how dark the film was there at the end and it was not an easy feat having to explain Nazi Germany to my 7-year-old. I also never knew that this was a true story. Where have I been?
This lavish new Academy of Music production celebrates the 50th anniversary of the acclaimed film. Directed by three-time Tony Award® winner Jack O’Brien, the on-stage adaptation of the movie was performed amazingly well. I like when a production sticks with the story but with small changes here and there to keep the audience interested and that’s exactly what happened last night. This was our first time seeing a show at the AOM and we loved the historic building and cozy theatre – not a bad seat in the house.
The production features music by Richard Rogers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, and a book by Howard Linsay and Russel Crouse. The national tour stars Ben Davis as Captain Georg von Trapp (Broadway’s Violet, A Little Night Music, La Bohème), Ashley Brown as The Mother Abbess (Broadway’s original Mary Poppins, NBC’s The Sound of Music), and Jack O’Brien’s brand new discovery, Kerstin Anderson as Maria Rainer. A current student at Pace University, Ms. Anderson won the coveted role from hundreds who auditioned. This is her first national tour.
Show dates and times:
March 16, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
March 17, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
March 18, 2016, 8:00 p.m.
March 19, 2016, 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
March 20, 2016, 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
For more information, and to purchase tickets please visit TheSoundofMusiconTour.com.