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Although there have been books about the making of the film version of The Sound of Music, multiple works on Rodgers and Hammerstein's musicals, and others about Maria von Trapp and the Trapp Family Singers, Maslon (arts, NYU; coauthor, Broadway: The American Musical) uses the opportunity of a current London revival of this popular American musical to bring these stories together. Interweaving the threads of historical narrative about the von Trapp family, the professional lives of the creative geniuses behind the scenes, production anecdotes, and the phenomenal cultural impact of the show, Maslon covers the century, from Maria's birth in Austria in 1905 to Andrew Lloyd Webber's newest London stage production in 2006. Illustrations include von Trapp family photos, historical documents, original design sketches, early lyrics, and production notes, as well as publicity shots from various international stage productions and scenes from the film. This coffee-table companion volume will help fans enjoy the show to its fullest. Highly recommended for popular theater collections.
—Laura A. Ewald