Broadway in Chicago Presents The Sound Of Music Review – The Hills Are Truly Alive With the Sound of Music

If you have never seen this performance live before, you will want to get your hands on tickets quickly as it will only be in Chicago for two weeks. The Sound of Music opened at the Cadillac Theater June 8 and is playing for a limited two-week engagement through June 19, 2016 and is directed by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O’Brien.

Maria, Georg and the children singing at the festival before their escape from Nazi control

According to O’Brien, “The Sound of Music has been in our ears for decades. But, it might be time to look once more, and more closely, at this remarkable work, which I feel, begins to reveal itself as deeper, richer and more powerful than ever. It’s no longer ‘you mother’s’ familiar Sound of Music.”

Kerstin Anderson as Maria Rainer

The talent this cast has is unbelievable. Their voices boomed and they danced without skipping a beat. What impressed me the most is the fact that Kerstin Anderson is just 21 years old and starring on Broadway, only a year older than me. She brings a whole new light to Maria and the way she interacts with the children and Georg (Ben Davis).

Maria and the children singing Do-Re-Mi

The songs are beautiful; the music is by Richard Rodgers and the lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. From “My Favorite Things” to “Do-Re-Mi” and “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” you’ll probably be singing these familiar songs on your ride home, I know I was, and the day after.

Maria and The Mother Abbess at The Abbey

Watching the stage sets move from scene to scene is mesmerizing. The fluidity of motion between the actors and sets is seamless. I could not believe how detailed each set is.

Maria and Captain Georg von Trapp

I have seen the television version of the Sound of Music, but never knew before this performance that the musical is based on a true story. The von Trapps were a singing family in Austria who lived through similar events to those in the musical.

Liesl (Paige Silvester) and Rolf (Dan Tracy)

There are, however, differences in the musical production that were not true in real life. Nonetheless, following the von Trapp family on stage was an unforgettable way to spend an evening. Touring across North America, people of all ages will continue to fall in love with this classic musical, or perhaps fall in love with it for the first time. Either way, you may find yourself singing the songs in your daily life for the next week or so like I did.

Tickets are available at all Broadway in Chicago Box Offices, the Broadway in Chicago Ticket Line at 800.775.2000, all Ticketmaster retail locations and by visiting Broadway in Chicago’s website here. For more information about the tour and to follow the cast through each show, check out their website here, or like/ follow them on Facebook or Twitter. 


Photos by Margie Korshak

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