The Sound of Music is a beloved classic in the world of theatrical productions. You can catch the show on tour with BAC Touring in Vancouver until September 17th at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, before it travels West to Edmonton and Calgary.
As a child, I grew up listening and singing along to the Tony®, Grammy® and Academy Award®–winning Best Score, including the songs “My Favorite Things,” “Edelweiss,” “Do-Re-Mi,” and of course the title song. And today, I get to enjoy these timeless classics and the musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family with my theatre loving daughter.
The Sound of Music, set in Austria in 1938, is about a young Austrian woman studying to become a nun and is sent to the villa of a retired naval officer and widower to be governess to his seven children. After bringing and teaching love and music into the lives of the family through kindness and patience, she marries the officer and together with the children they find a way to survive the loss of their homeland through courage and faith.
I’ve been fortunate to attend many Broadway Across Canada productions as of late, and each of them I have loved for various reasons. Without question, the success of The Sound of Music is due to its unbelievable cast. Jill-Christine Wiley plays Maria and Mike McLean holds the role of Captain Georg von Trapp. Together their vocals and stage presence really bring the show, well – Alive! My daughter especially loved the amazingly talented, and young cast that accompanied this show.
The Sound of Music saw extraordinary success as a live television production airing as “The Sound of Music Live!” on NBC in December, 2013, and watched by over 44 million people. 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history.