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The Sound Of Music Soundtrack, Import

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  • Audio CD (14 Jun. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack, Import
  • Label: Hallmark
  • ASIN: B003M45YZW
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 245,205 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Product Description

Whilst it is undoubtedly the 1965 film adaptation of The Sound Of Music that has entered folklore, it should not be forgotten that the musical existed as a show long before Hollywood turned its attentions to the Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II epic. The show was originally put together by stage director Vincent J Donehue and producers Leland Hayward Richard Halliday as a vehicle for singer Mary Martin (Halliday was Martin's husband). The show opened on Broadway in November 1959 and would run for 1,443 performances, with the original cast recording selling more than three million copies when originally released.

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I expected just one DVD, but the box had 2. One was the Video of the show, and the other had a lot of additional material. You could even sing along with the programme. Very good value
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Mary Martin stars in R&H's last musical 15 Jun. 2010
By Byron Kolln - Published on
Format: Audio CD
A British loophole classifying music recordings over 50 years old as "public domain" has unleashed a glut of cheap CD reissues of classic musical soundtracks and cast recordings. While these releases don't produce profit for the original artists or composer's estates, they do offer collectors the chance to expand their music libraries for literally pocket change. Such is the case with this re-issue of the SOUND OF MUSIC original Broadway cast album.

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).

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.
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