Throwback Thursday – The Sound of Music

Mairzy and Patti as Nuns Sound of MusicHi and Happy Thursday!  Can you believe it has been 50 years since “The Sound of Music” was released? Amazing!  Here is a Throwback Thursday photo of me with my mother from our community theater’s production of “The Sound of Music” play.

A few songs are different than the movie but the overall story is the same.  In this production, Mom and I were nuns and in the chorus.  My sister played Marta and did a great job.  It was fun to perform all of the songs that we grew up listening to in the movie.

Yesterday, I tried to think of how many times I have seen this amazing movie.   I can’t count that many. I remember seeing it once at a movie theater and that was fantastic.  Most of the time, however, we watched it on television.  I never liked that as much since they cut some of my favorite scenes out.

Then one year, I got the DVD for Christmas.  I think this was an anniversary special so it has lots of tidbits and news about the cast and the making of the movie.  It was great to have my own copy so I could sing each and every song while watching it.  I do love to do that.  How about you?

Last night, ABC’s 20/20 had a great behind the scenes special.  Diane Sawyer interviewed Julie Andrews.  In addition, they traveled to Austria together and visited the various places the movie was filmed.  It was fun to see her and Christopher Plummer and hear some of the stories about filming this classic movie.  I just wish they had talked more about the kids who are now all grown up.

It was also a treat to see the real Maria Von Trapp singing with Julie Andrews.  That was truly special and they sounded great together. I think they were singing “Edelweiss.”  I hadn’t realized that she was actually in a scene of the movie.  Or that Christopher Plummer is a classically trained pianist.

As a child, I simply loved the story and all of the music.  And the children seemed to be having such fun with this cool young woman.  Now, I appreciate what the message of the movie was to me – of being confident and following your dreams and finding what makes you happy.  These are very important lessons in life to remember.  Also, that there is real and true love.  And let’s not forget that the right curtains can make some great play clothes.

I truly love all of the songs from this movie and love to sing them — “My Favorite Things,” “So Long, Farewell,” “Do Re Me,” “Climb Every Mountain,” “I Am Sixteen,” “Edelweiss,” and the list goes on.  At the Academy Awards, Lady Gaga did a gorgeous medley and blew me away.  Her voice was amazing and Julie Andrews herself seemed to enjoy it.  WOW!

Happy Anniversary to all those involved in this my favorite musical!

Thursday Tunes – Musical Theater

musical.notesHi and Happy Thursday!

I have decided that I am going to write on Thursdays about Tunes or Music in a variety of subjects and genres.  Since music is so important to me, I thought it would be fun to do regular blogs on the subject.

This week I wanted to write about musical theater, which I absolutely love!

I don’t know about you but I love theater — and especially musical theater!  I was in musicals in both high school and college and loved each and every one.

I was in a great variety of fabulous shows.  They included:  The Sound of Music, Hello Dolly, Bye Bye Birdie, Fiddler On the Roof, Camelot, Carousel, and South Pacific.

I was in the chorus in all of them but South Pacific where I played Liat.  For that part, I wore a long black wig, body makeup, and did some hula dancing.  It was fun to have a major part without a lot of lines to memorize!

Each one was a great experience where I worked with some amazing people.  And, many had a moral to them or something to learn — about love, prejudice, honor, bravery, and having fun with others.

The music and the production numbers were great.  A lot of time was spent on practicing and making sure that the choreography and the singing were in fact what the director wanted to see and hear.  The hard work paid off with some memorable performances!

In my senior year of high school, I went on a chorus trip to New York City.  We had the chance to see a Broadway Show.  I saw Cats by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

The sets were quite something.  Everything was to the scale of a cat.  It was cool to see actors dressed up and acting like cats and also singing.  You truly felt like you were with a gang of cats and each song showed the personality of a new feline friend.

If you have a chance to see a show on Broadway, I advise you to do so!  It is an amazing experience.

Other shows that I have really liked as a play or movies are Barnum, Chicago, The King and I, and A Chorus Line.  All of these musicals have great music and lyrics, great casts, and are such fun.

From A Chorus Line, one of the best songs is “One Singular Sensation.”   Here are a few of the lyrics:

  • One singular sensation, every little step she takes
  • One thrilling combination, every move that she makes
  • One smile and suddenly nobody else will do
  • You know you’ll never be lonely with you-know-who
  • One moment in her presence and you can forget the rest
  • For the girl is second best to none, son
  • Oooh! Sigh! Give her your attention
  • Do I really have to mention she’s the one

I can just see the cast in the chorus line singing that song — in tails and top hats!  LOVE IT!!!

I am curious about other people who have been in musical theater and the shows that others perform.  Please share your faves with me and my readers!

I wonder if I will be in another musical sometime.  I hope so!  The fun part will be in figuring out which one!