SONGS OF LOVE AND WAR

Town & Country (Philippines) - - OUT & ABOUT -

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 grow, 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 into the safety of neu­tral Switzer­land. 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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