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The Sound of Music: 50th Anniversary Edition

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An album by Original Broadway Cast Recording

The world's most beloved musical celebrates 50th Anniversary! Almost six years before the film version with Julie Andrews became an international sensation,The Sounds of Musicpremiered on Broadway on November 14, 1959 - an instant hit, starring musical … see full wiki

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the hills are alive with the voice of Mary...

  • Apr 8, 2010
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The final musical from the teaming of Rodgers and Hammerstein, THE SOUND OF MUSIC first opened on Broadway in 1959, starring Mary Martin as the unruly postulant who is assigned the task of becoming governess to the seven children of widower Captain Von Trapp (played by Theodore Bikel).

Even the hugely-successful 1965 movie version--starring Julie Andrews--has done little to dim the enchantment and magic of the original 1959 Broadway cast album, now reissued in this lavish 50th Anniversary package from Sony Broadway Masterworks.

Mary Martin imbues Maria with a childlike wonderment and maternal warmth; you can completely follow her character's journey through Maria's songs on the cast album. Cutting through any possible sugar within the piece are the two numbers shared by the Captain's worldly mistress, Elsa (Marion Marlowe) and her wisecracking friend Max (Kurt Kasznar), "How Can Love Survive?" and "No Way to Stop It", which are the closest that lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II ever came to approaching the cynical, rueful ballads made famous during Richard Rodgers' days with Lorenz Hart. The fact that those two songs never made it to the eventual movie version robbed the Baroness Elsa of much of her impact, and gave the film no real sense of mounting conflict within the Maria/Captain/Elsa love triangle.

Playing the Mother Abbess, Patricia Neway graces the album with her soaring "Climb Ev'ry Mountain"; Lauri Peters is the love-struck Liesel, and Brian Davies plays Rolf. THE SOUND OF MUSIC opened on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on the 16th November, 1959 (moving in 1962 to the Mark Hellinger Theatre) and eventually clocked up 1,443 performances before closing in 1963. Mary Martin's various replacements throughout the run included Jeannie Carson, Nancy Dussault, Martha Wright and Barbara Meister.

Bonuses featured in this 50th Anniversary package differ from those heard on the previous 1999 Broadway Masterworks edition, so collectors will be inclined to double-dip. Chief among the extra treasures is the "Pratt Family Singers" skit from Julie Andrews and Carol Burnett's 1962 Carnegie Hall album (which is begging to be reissued in it's entirety...hint, hint, Sony!).

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Label: SONY CLASSICS
Release Date: November 3, 2009

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