This weekend’s Watch Together event is a genuine classic – The Sound of Music.
This special version of the much loved musical is from 2013 and stars Grammy Award-winning country singer Carrie Underwood in the iconic role of Maria alongside Stephen Moyer as Captain von Trapp.
The production is being streamed on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Youtube Channel The Shows Must Go On, which was set up to enable musical fans to enjoy the thrill of theatre during the Coronavirus lockdown.
The channel has already streamed a host of classic musicals including Phantom of the Opera and Cats. This is the first time the channel has presented a show that is not from Lloyd Webbers back catalogue.
The Sound of Music Live will be available to watch from Friday May 22 at 7pm for 48 hours.
About the Show
When you think of The Sound of Music the image that instantly comes to mind is that of a young Julie Andrews spinning atop an Austrian hillside belting out the shows iconic opening number.
What most people don’t know is that because it had rained the night before that scene was shot the grass was still wet and Andrews kept repeatedly falling over. The situation wasn’t helped by the gusts of wind caused by the helicopter swooping overhead which was used to film the now famous scene.
The Sound of Music was the last collaboration between the legendary Oscar and Hammerstein who were also responsible for such classics as Oklahoma and South Pacific. In fact, Edelweiss was the last song Hammerstein ever wrote as he died less than a year after the musical opened in 1959.
The story of a novice nun who falls in love with the a cold and aloof widower who’s children she is sent to care for was familiar territory for Rogers and Hammerstein who had enjoyed great success with the similarly themed The King and I.
The modest success of the stage version led inevitably to a big screen version but few could have predicted what an immense hit the film would be. It surpassed Gone With the Wind as the biggest box office success to date and went on to win five Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director. The show remains a perennially favourite with music fans young and old thanks to repeated screenings of the film on television and numerous stage revivals.
The Sound of Music remains as ever-green as the grass of an Austrian hilltop.