Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music” opened the 2016-2017 California Musical Theatre Broadway Series. The Sound of Music runs from October 26 to November 6 at the Community Center Theater in Downtown Sacramento.
Richard Rodgers (Music) and Oscar Hammerstein (Lyrics) joined forces in 1943 to create the most successful partnership in American musical theatre. The Sound of Music was one of their creations. Other collaborations included: Oklahoma!; Carousel; State Fair; South Pacific; The King and I; Cinderella; and, Flower Drum Song. State Fair is the only one of those listed that I have not had the opportunity to see on stage.
I have watched The Sound of Music movie with Julie Andrews numerous times over the years – as I am sure many of you have. How many times do you estimate you have watched the movie?
I also enjoyed watching The Sound of Music on TV in December 2013 when it was streamed live. Did you see that performance? I love watching the live performances of various plays aired annually on TV.
Earlier this week I attended the performance of The Sound of Music here in Sacramento – and I highly recommend it to you! This is a new production – an adaption by Jack O’Brian, the director.
The performers overall had good, strong voices. The Mother Abbess (Melody Betts) was exceptional in a field of strong voices, as was Maria (Kerstin Anderson). This is not to take away from the strong performances given by Captain Georg von Trapp (Ben Davis), Liesl (Paige Silvester), and Rolf (Austin Colby). The performers playing the von Trapp children individually and collectively were great, as were the individual and collective performances by the abbey nuns.
Note: Paige Silvester (playing Liesl) is originally from Sacramento. Locally, she has also played at Music Circus.
The list of songs performed in the production included: The Sound of Music; Maria; My Favorite Things; Do-Re-Mi; Sixteen Going on Seventeen; So Long, Farewell; Climb Ev’ry Mountain; Something Good; and, Edelweiss.
As is usual – the orchestra was great.
At the end of the performance my friend and I walked out of the Community Center Theater L Street entrance, as opposed to the K Street entrance, as we had earlier been discussing the expansion and renovation of the Community Center Theater towards L Street.
See related post: Community Center Theater Renovation.
Looking over the L Street entrance (entrance walkway, driveway, steps, landscaping) my friend was appreciative of just how much “wasted space” was available for the expansion. Definitely something to look forward to!
Question: Did you see California Musical Theatre Broadway Series version of The Sound of Music? What was your opinion?
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