So I’m sitting on the couch watching “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” when The Wife comes to me and she says,
“The Sound of Music opens tonight. Let’s go!”
“Uh, Wizard World Comic-Con opens tonight.”
“You’re not seriously going to compare a nerd-celebrity meet-and-greet to one of the greatest musicals in the history of musical theater, are you?”
“Do you really want to miss a Rodgers and Hammerstein classic for a 30-minute Q-and-A session with Sebastian Stan?”
“Then get dressed, because the hills will be alive with the sound of you screaming in pain if I miss The Sound of Music over a comic book convention.”
And so it was that The Wife and I made our way to the Fabulous Fox Theatre last night for the opening performance of a weekend run of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music.
What can I say about The Sound of Music that hasn’t already been said?
This classic collaboration of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II made its Broadway debut in 1959, but is best known for its 1965 film version starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. It features the timeless tunes “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” Edelweiss” and the title song.
It’s based on the memoir “The Story of the Trapp Family Singers” by Maria von Trapp and tells the story of a young woman who is kicked out of a nunnery for being too spirited (not in the religious sense) so she’s sent off to serve as a governess to seven children. Their father, a strict disciplinarian and military man, finds Maria too chaotic at first but is soon drawn in by her siren songs about the joys of singing. Oh, and the Second World War is looming in the background.
But then, you already knew that. Mostly because you’ve probably seen the show or are not culturally illiterate, and possibly because you remember reading my review of the musical from the last time it was in town.
The current production stars Jill-Christine Wiley as Maria and she’s terrific. Wiley sings the classic tunes with gusto all while maintaining that essential Julie Andrews-like charm. The young actors playing the von Trapp children are equally adorable and talented. The adults are equally talented but not quite as adorable. Lauren Kidwell, as the Mother Abbess, belts out a tremendous version of “Climb Every Mountain.”
The show boasts impressive set designs, costumes and orchestration. Comic-con probably had better costumes, but I doubt Sebastian Stan can sing as well as the von Trapp family singers.
The Sound of Music is playing through Sunday. www.fabulousfox.com