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Tom Santopietro The Sound of Music Story Audiobook
The Real-Life Story of Maria von Trapp
The film is an adaptation of the stage musical of the same name , composed by Richard Rodgers with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. The film's screenplay was written by Ernest Lehman , adapted from the stage musical's book by Lindsay and Crouse. Based on the memoir The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria von Trapp , the film is about a young Austrian postulant in Salzburg , Austria , in who is sent to the villa of a retired naval officer and widower to be governess to his seven children. The film was released on March 2, , in the United States, initially as a limited roadshow theatrical release. Although critical response to the film was mixed, the film was a major commercial success, becoming the number one box office movie after four weeks, and the highest-grossing film of By November , The Sound of Music had become the highest-grossing film of all-time—surpassing Gone with the Wind —and held that distinction for five years. The film was just as popular throughout the world, breaking previous box-office records in twenty-nine countries.
Set in Austria on the eve of the Anschluss in , the musical tells the story of Maria, who takes a job as governess to a large family while she decides whether to become a nun. She falls in love with the children, and eventually their widowed father, Captain von Trapp. He is ordered to accept a commission in the German navy, but he opposes the Nazis. He and Maria decide on a plan to flee Austria with the children. The original Broadway production, starring Mary Martin and Theodore Bikel , opened in  and won five Tony Awards , including Best Musical, out of nine nominations. The first London production opened at the Palace Theatre in
Irish stars Lucy O’Byrne and Celine Byrne shine in the iconic story
In this story - based on the autobiography of Maria von Trapp - the family escapes across the mountains. So iconic is the film version, it is easy to forget that The Sound of Music began its life on Broadway. This new production, directed by Michael Connor, is a refreshing reminder of its theatrical origins. The design is framed by receding proscenium arches, easily transforming from a convent to the countryside, and the von Trapp villa to a village concert hall. The theatrical frame also anticipates the fate of the von Trapp family, as they are transformed from a fractured household into a folk band, whose fame enables their escape from Nazi-occupied Austria. As Act Two begins, the family drama gives way to political imperatives: the Nazis have overtaken Austria and want the fiercely nationalist Captain to join them.