Overview: This musical takes place early on in World War II Austria, before the Nazis invaded. Maria is a nun-in-training, but doesn’t quite fit in with the others. She is more free spirited, but not lacking faith. Mother Superior, deciders to send her off to the von Trapp family as a nanny for seven children. The father is a hard nosed military widow (who is against Hitler), who pays little attention to them but wants them brought up in a way befitting to an Admiral.
As Maria is the latest in a long line of nannies, the children show their contempt for her and do what they can to get rid of her. Maria sees this as a cry for attention from their father and does what she can to show them love and kindness. Ultimately she finds out that before their mother died, the father used to sing and music was everywhere, so she taught them how.
When Georg, the father, returns from a summer in Berlin with a potential wife-to-be in tow, Maria has them performing songs and a puppet show for them. Slowly Georg and Maria fall in love, but because of her faith she tries to leave and per sue her vows as a nun. The children become miserable in her absence and the father decides to go after her. Once married, they are wrangled into a singing competition the night Nazis invade. Using the competition as an escape, they perform a beautiful song and disappear into the night with the aid of some wiley nuns.
Interesting Fact: This musical is based off of true events. I also happen to know a woman who actually knew the family. Here is an article that can show the differences between real life and musical life.
Opinion: The musical itself is beautiful. Factor in that it is based on true events, it makes it better. World War II is one of my favorite subjects to study, and adding music to it was genius.
My favorite song would have to be “Edelweiss” at the end, during the competition. It is an amazing ballad, almost lullaby, sang by the whole family. It moves you to tears.
Sorry about the quality, it is the only one I could find.
My favorite choreography would have to be a Laendler performed by Maria and Georg. In this dance you can really see the two falling in love with each other. Christopher Plummer, portraying von Trapp, really emits love to Julie Andrews (Maria). So much love can be seen just through his eyes, you would almost expect them to be a real life couple, and he not faking his emotions. Ok, maybe not exactly in that dance, but trust me Christopher Plummer really put his heart into loving Maria and it really showed.