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Back in 1965, the lovely Julie Andrews led an amazing cast, including the dashing Christopher Plummer, in the instant musical masterpiece, The Sound of Music
The film, which was based on the story of the real life Von Trapp family, went on to win five Academy Awards, including the coveted Best Picture award. The film plowed through its previous competition, Gone with the Wind,
to become the highest grossing movie of all-time. Though it has now been surpassed (in earnings) multiple times since the 60’s, The Sound of Music
remains a classic that generations young and old love and sing along to.
The film and its Grammy nominated soundtrack is being recreated this week by another talented singer: Carrie Underwood. The American Idol
champ, who has gone on to win Grammys and multiple country music awards, will take the lead as Maria in a 3 hour live special on NBC this Thursday. With the live special boasting the talents of Broadway darlings like Audra McDonald, Laura Benanti and equally talented individuals like Christiane Borle, Stephen Moyer and of course, Underwood; I have high hopes!
Carrie joins an elite group of talented women who have been a part of live television events like the one we are about to experience. The last major live productions were back in the 50’s; Peter Pan
which starred Mary Martin (who played Maria in the Broadway production of The Sound of Music,
ironically) and Cinderella
which starred Julie Andrews (who went on to play Maria in the film version…also ironic). It’s six degrees of The Sound of Music!
So as the day draws near, I wanted to take some time to highlight some of the best scenes from the original film that I’m anxious to see re-created in the live version.
In the original film, Maria leaves the Von Trapp household for a time per the subtle suggestions of the Captain’s lady friend, The Baroness. The children are in a depressed state without their loving Governess, and begin a gloomy version of “My Favorite Things” before being joined by Maria who has returned home to them. This scene always stuck out to me as a kid and I remember getting giddy with joy that everything was back to normal. It was such a well-executed moment in the film that I wonder if the new Von Trapp kids will be able to capture the same emotion and set the tone for the reunion.
How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?
I can’t tell you how many times my brothers and I have donned black and white sheets to recreate this song. Though we failed miserably in our attempt to capture the essence that the nuns at the Abbey did so well, we definitely enjoyed the effort. The personality of each nun was showcased so perfectly and the general entertainment value of the scene with their mutual frustrations with Maria was so well done. One of my favorite songs and scenes in the movie for sure, so naturally I’m hoping the Abbey is well stocked with equally amazing nuns this time around.
The Puppet Show
“The Lonely Goatherd” song and the entire puppet show scene is probably one of the most fun and energetic moments in the movie. The lighthearted song, the bouncing marionettes and the sense that everything was well in the Von Trapp world, is something that always stuck with me. Obviously times have changed and I’m a little worried that a modern adaption will lose the magical effects that the original captured so brilliantly.
So Long, Farewell
The scene that highlights the children saying goodbye to their father and his guests is obviously another iconic scene that will be tough to compare to. The grandness of the party and the meek presentation of their farewell song showed how far the family had come in the film with the help of Maria. Singing was once again a part of the family and the relationship between children and father was seemingly restored.
Now you may disagree with this being one of the best scenes from the original…and I’ll agree there are so many more I’d include if I could, but this really is one of the most heartfelt and emotional scenes in the film. Captain Von Trapp sitting there in all his glory, playing guitar and singing so beautifully; the heart of every girl who ever watched this movie melted right then and there. Then you have his eldest daughter join in for a harmony that was definitely the cherry on top.
Now of course there is the family’s farewell performance before they hurriedly leave Austria; the scene with Louisa and Fredrick in the rain; the My Favorite Things
rendition in Maria’s room, I mean the list goes on and on.
Thursday we will all find out together how the live version stacks up against the award winning original film version, but until then why don’t you weigh in PopWrappers, we want to hear from you!