The Sound Of Music Palm Desert Tickets
The Sound of Music
The Sound of Music is a stage musical by composer Richard Rodgers with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein III, based on the classic book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. Maria Augusta von Trapp’s memoir, “The Trapp Family Singers,” inspired the show.
While based on a real story, The Sound of Music takes liberties, particularly at the end, for the sake of drama. In Austria, Maria, a nun-postulant at an abbey, becomes a governess for the many children of the strict widower Captain Georg von Trapp. She falls in love with the children, helps them heal through music and falls in love with the Captain. They marry as the Nazis offer the Captain a commission in the German Navy. He refuses but at great peril. The family flees Austria, on foot through the mountains, for a life free from Nazi oppression.
The Sound of Music debuted on Broadway in November 1959. The show, nominated for eight Tony Awards, won five, including Best Musical and Best Lead Actress in a Musical.
The show introduced songs that have become beloved to American families, including “The Sound of Music,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “My Favorite Things,” “So Long, Farewell,” “Climb Every Mountain” and “Edelweiss.”
Richard Rodgers (1902-1979) and Oscar Hammerstein (1895-1960) created some of the most successful musicals in Broadway history such as Oklahoma!, South Pacific, The King and I and Carousel. Their shows were witty and sophisticated, and their music became indelible parts of the American songbook, as just the short list above shows. The Sound of Music was their last collaboration, as Hammerstein died a few months after the show premiered.
The book writers Howard Lindsay (1889-1968) and Russel Crouse (1893-1966) worked together for 32 years, the longest collaboration in theatrical history. They wrote for such musicals as Anything Goes, Call Me Madam and Happy Hunting among others. They also wrote the scripts for non-musicals such as Life with Father and The Great Sebastians.
Palm Desert Tickets
The Sound of Music takes the stage in Palm Desert, CA, at the McCallum Theatre. The McCallum opened in January 1988 with a star-studded tribute to Bob Hope. Since then, the theater has hosted rock concerts, comedy shows, Broadway spectaculars, ballets and holiday shows.
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