They've added three more performances to the Lyric Opera's new production of The Sound of Music. They will be on Memorial Day weekend with shows on Friday, May 23rd at 7 pm; Saturday, May 24th at 1:30 pm and Sunday, May 25th at 1:30 pm. This would be a wonderful opportunity to introduce younger members of the family to live theatre and for many adults a surprise to see how the original stage musical which premiered in 1959 differs from the film which opened in 1965.
Where the movie's focus seems to be on Maria and her romance with the Captain, the play takes time to examine the political events of the day. As an example, it's the Baroness's belief that a compromise with the impending take over from Germany is the best way to go, while von Trapp feels just the opposite. In fact, there's a song, "No Way to Stop It", that they didn't use in the film. There's another song that the Baroness and the Captain sang in the stage version that questions the durability of a love between two rich people, "How Can Love Survive?" which again was not used in the movie. Captain von Trapp knows right from the beginning that he's not going accept the commission offered him and there's a song, also cut from the movie, called "An Ordinary Couple", which he sings to describe what he and Maria will become.
I have no way of knowing what tact the Civic Opera is taking in their revival, but we'll know after the press opening next Sunday, April 27th. One thing I am sure of is the quality of the production, especially after their superb revival of Oklahoma! last year. Hearing those marvelous melodies played by the 37 member Lyric Opera Orchestra, sung by first rate performers and the 25-member choral ensemble, was a joy.
The Sound of Music will play Apr 25th thru May 25th at the Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive. Tickets start at $29 and are available now at lyricopera.org/soundofmusic or at 312-827-5600.
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