The Sound of Music Live: TV Review

It’s easy to remember a musical for its songs. That is, after all, what makes a musical different from every other kind of narrative: The characters will shout to the rafters in full throat, revealing things they just can’t speak, because the music gives them leave to lay themselves bare.

And the songs in The Sound of Music are sublime. Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II knew their way around a tune and these numbers — from “My Favorite Things” to “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” to the indefatigable “Do-Re-Mi” — have endured since the Broadway production bowed in 1959 for good reason. But the story lives in the hearts of audiences because of Robert Wise’s 1965 film adaptation starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer as Maria, the would-be nun trying to quench her yearning heart, and Captain Von Trapp, the stoic Austrian unwilling to reignite his. Andrews’ undeniable empathy and Plummer’s prickly sensuality sold that love story to a generation, who’ve since passed it down to every other.  Read More...


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