1. Rodgers & Hammerstein score
Writing team Rodgers & Hammerstein created a string of popular Broadway musicals like Oklahoma!, Carousel
, The King and I
and the televised Cinderella
, among others. The Sound of Music
, however, contains more hit songs than any other Rodgers & Hammerstein musical. From the first note of the overture you’ll be surrounded by beautiful music that has become some of the most recognizable in musical theater.
2. Jack O’Brien’s fresh look
Tony winning director Jack O’Brien wanted to take a new look at the classic Broadway musical keeping to original material and diving deeper into the characters and relationships that leaves reviewers calling it “sparkling, fresh and lively” (Los Angeles Times
3. Up and comer Kerstin Anderson
Speaking of a fresh look, O’Brien chose to cast a most historically accurate age for Maria, welcoming newcomer Kerstin Anderson, a sophomore musical theater student at Pace University, to play the role of Maria Rainer. Reviews from the tour around the country have highlighted Anderson as a charming character with infectious enthusiasm.
4. An inspiring “Climb Ev’ry Mountain”
Sung beautifully by Melody Betts, this favorite is just as beautiful and moving as you remember and fills the theater with an absolutely stunning, goose-bump-inducing feeling that will leave you speechless.
5. You’ve never seen it like this
You’ll still hear “Do-Re-Mi”
and the playful “Sixteen Going on Seventeen”
but you’ll also see more of Max and Elsa than in the movie when they perform “No Way To Stop It,” and “How Can Love Survive.” Director Jack O’Brien, a lyricist in his early career, was also given special permission by the children of Russel Crouse, original co-librettist, to rewrite lyrics to the song “Something Good” for this production. Even if you think you’ve seen The Sound of Music already, you’ve never seen it like this.
The Sound of Music
runs Dec. 13-18 at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center. Tickets are still available.