The Making of The Sound of Music by Max Wilk

By Max Wilk

The Sound of track used to be the final – and such a lot profitable – collaboration of 2 giants of the musical theater, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein. having fun with an extended run on Broadway after which reworked right into a significant hit film--recently reissued in a fortieth anniversary variation on DVD with new pictures – The Sound of track is still one of the so much produced musicals by means of specialist and beginner businesses round the world.This booklet tells the complete tale of the making of the convey, from the 1st tough principles during the tryouts, high-quality tuning, and eventual triumph – all from an eyewitness to the occasions themselves. Wilk brings a musical theater historian's eye to the paintings, together with his passionate involvement as a witness to this heritage. For a person and everybody who has ever overjoyed to The Sound of song, this ebook can be a needs to.

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The Mayeses lived up above the Hammersteins; they shared an elevator up to the apartments. Herb told me later that, as they were going up in the elevator, they heard Oscar give a heartfelt sigh of despair. ‘It just broke my heart,’ he told me later. “Here was Oscar, who’d been through so damn much in this past summer. It was a real shock to all of us — to all four of the men who’d created the show. But for Oscar, it was worse. He’d come to see the show in Boston, and sat with the audiences loving it, and then that negative review from Eliot Norton.

Would it make a hit musical? m. or so, they’d have their answer. The house lights went down, the rustle of conversation stopped. ” opening, all those years ago in 1942, a spotlight revealed a conductor in the Shubert pit, Frederick Dvonch. indb 27 2/26/07 10:22:54 AM 28 • The Making of The Sound of Music Robert Russell Bennett. Up went the curtain, to reveal, onstage, a tree, and there was Mary Martin ... up in the tree? Yes, and she was singing: The hills are alive, With the sound of music “That song almost compensated for the fact that I never got my banister in our production,” Martin wrote in her memoirs.

Grateful at having been midwives at the birth of what promised to be a success, an event which in years to come they could boast about to their own children, the New Haven theatergoers went home. The next day, the New Haven reviews were favorable — with one notable exception. The show got its first pasting, one of the many it would earn from the venerable Yale Daily News, where there appeared a review by Leslie Epstein. The headline read, “oh sister! ) Everyone involved in The Sound of Music knew full well that no matter how much the audience and the critics praised the show, there was work to do.

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