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West End's 'The Sound of Music' Bring Songs of War and Love to Manila

One of the world's most beloved musicals will grace the Theater at Solaire for a two-week run.
IMAGE COURTESY OF CONCERTUS PRODUCTIONS
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Adjusted for ticket price inflation, the film The Sound of Music, released in 1965, would have earned the equivalent of $1,258,951,900 today, according to Boxofficemojo.com. That’s enough to rank third on the all-time box office list, just behind Gone With the Wind and Star Wars. This September, the touring London West End production of The Sound of Music brings the enduring classic to the Manila stage for a two-week run at The Theatre at Solaire.

Based on the book The Story of the Trapp Family Singers, by Maria Augusta Trapp, the musical’s premise is one audiences have come to know by heart: Maria, a young woman studying to become a nun in pre-war Austria, is asked to become a governess to a widower’s seven children. After a rough start, the children grow to love Maria, who returns their affection and eventually wins over their stern father, Captain Georg von Trapp, as well. All this takes place as the Nazi’s influence and power grows, and conflict arises when the captain refuses to serve in the Fuhrer’s army. We know how it all ends, but there’s always that sense of danger in the air as the family makes its escape over the Alps and into the safety of neutral Switzerland.

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The Von Trapp family portrayed by London's West End cast.

Sure, there have always been plenty of inaccuracies in the various adaptations of the book over the years, but isn’t that what dramatic license is all about? In any case, renditions of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classics “Do-Re-Mi,” “So Long, Farewell,” “Edelweiss,” “Sixteen Going on Seventeen,” and so many more will bring a smile to anyone’s face—stuffy fact-checking historians included.  September 27 to October 15, The Theatre at Solaire, Solaire Resort & Casino, 1 Aseana Avenue, Paranaque; tickets available through Ticketworld, 891.9999, ticketworld.com.ph.

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This story was originally published in the September 2017 issue of Town&Country.

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