3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A televised version of the stage production,
This review is from: The Sound of Music Live! [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
This is the story of the von Trapp family 1938. An Austrian family facing many problems from a lost mother, a regimented father and a new governess. The whole dysfunctional family must come out of their shell. A merger with Germany "Anschluss Österreichs" looms in the background and may also be a catalyst.
Nothing can really beat the good stage production. However recording one comes close. At best for most people these are reflections of experiences they've already had with the real presentation.
I've only seen the movie version so this is the closest am going to come unless something turns up locally. I find this televised stage production holds my attention and has facets that were actually missing from the movie production.
Everyone was good in their part and sounded great; however the other singers were outclassed by Audra McDonald.
The sets are beautiful. There is a 37 piece orchestra. The presentation has many popular actors such as Stephen Moyer, as Captain Von Trapp. Whom I first saw in a Midsummer Murder "Death in Disguise."
Like many people I saw the production first on television. I suggest that you purchase this DVD as the extras such as "The Making of The Sound of Music Live!" add to the experience.
Do not tell anyone but I sang what I could remember of the Edelweiss song one morning on Grinnell Glacier. I made sure there was nobody near. Goes to show you that made up songs can rival the real thing.