While the 50-year-old film version of “The Sound of Music” is still the best-loved movie musical of all time, Director Jack O’Brien proves with the new national tour (at the Music Hall at Fair Park through Nov. 22) that you can improve even a timeless classic.
Presented by Dallas Summer Musicals as the opening show of their 76th season, this version of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s show features younger stars than any earlier stage or film productions. While Julie Andrews was a young 29, Kerstin Anderson is a 20-year-old Pace University sophomore, closer to the actual age of the aspiring novice Maria.
While Ashley Brown, who plays the Mother Abbess, (and has played Maria in regional productions of the show) is still only 30, which makes the relationship between the two more interesting.
The opening night audience was entranced by the beautiful voices, the great scenery, the chemistry between Maria and Capt. von Trapp (Ben Davis), and of course the antics of his seven absolutely adorable children. This show could even melt the heart of Ebenezer Scrooge!
The standing ovation and applause as the cast members took their bows seemed more spontaneous and definitely more deserved than is sometimes the case with theater audiences. Everyone in this production is outstanding.
If you think you have seen “The Sound of Music” more than enough times, think again. You do not want to miss seeing–and hearing–this delightful version of the show.
For a complete schedule of performances and ticket prices, visit www.dallassummermusicals.org. The national tour will also visit Fort Worth next summer, presented by Performing Arts Fort Worth at Bass Performance Hall August 17-21, 2016.
Photo credit: Matthew Murphy