How Great Is the Sound of Music?


We just got back from the Sound of Music play in Philadelphia, and I was fairly confident before we got there that the show was going to be amazing. And somehow, the performance exceeded my expectations.

The lead part of Maria was played by Kerstin Anderson, who is only in her junior year of college. Kerstin was fantastic. It’s somewhat ironic that Paige Silvester, who plays the part of Liesl, the oldest daughter, is actually older than Kerstin.

While I have seen the movie lots and lots of times, it was my first time to see the play, and it was a little different than the movie in terms of when certain songs were sung, and which songs were included in the play vs. the movie. Despite the differences, the vast majority of the songs and the sequence of action is identical between the play and the movie.

However, I don’t think I was ever as moved by the movie as I was by the play. I had tears coming down my face a few times during the play, particularly during Edelweiss, The Lonely Goatherd, and the Ländler.

So I thought I would just share a few of these songs here, mainly for my benefit of the memories they bring back.

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Jim Borden

Accounting Prof. at Villanova; happily married for 30+ years; father of 3 outstanding young men; vegan; interests: fitness, creativity, education, blogging, social media.

3 thoughts on “How Great Is the Sound of Music?”

  1. I can imagine tearing up during a live rendition of Edelweiss. It’s a tender son, and I loved watching the captain and Liesl singing it together in the movie. And toward the end at the concert.

    I find that most stage productions are far better than the movie versions, no matter how good the movie is.

    My all-time favorite is Camelot, which I had seen three times on stage before I saw the movie, and I thought the film was terrible. Vanessa Redgrave as Guenevere? Hmmmm. Then I saw it again on stage a decade later and remembered how much better I love up close and live.

    Someday I’ll have to catch The Sound of Music on stage.


  2. Looks like it will be in Memphis next month (about 2 1/2 hours away from me). I believe it was in Little Rock several years ago, but I didn’t go. I know that Marie Osmond played Maria in one production of it.

    Also, as you probably know, Donny Osmond played Joseph, possibly when it came to Little Rock in 1997 (I remember the time because I was planning to go, but it turned out to be the same night Bruce was coming home after four months away — we had just started dating when he left, so my longtime love affair with Donny took a back seat to my love for Bruce).

    Have you seen Phantom on stage? I saw that in L.A. several years ago. Have yet to see Les Mis, although I have the soundtrack and love it.



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