The Sound of Music Companion

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The definitive book on the world's most beloved musical, The Sound of Music Companion charts the incredible and enduring story of Maria von Trapp and her story over the last hundred years - from Maria's birth in Vienna in 1905 to the 50th anniversary of the film's release in 2015. The book details every step in the evolution of this masterwork from real-life to page to stage to film to international phenomenon. It profiles every creative artist who has helped to shape the musical version of the von Trapp Family ...

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Overview

The definitive book on the world's most beloved musical, The Sound of Music Companion charts the incredible and enduring story of Maria von Trapp and her story over the last hundred years - from Maria's birth in Vienna in 1905 to the 50th anniversary of the film's release in 2015. The book details every step in the evolution of this masterwork from real-life to page to stage to film to international phenomenon. It profiles every creative artist who has helped to shape the musical version of the von Trapp Family story - from Rodgers and Hammerstein and Mary Martin to Robert Wise, Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer - and includes landmark international stage productions, the movie in pop culture and the 2012 TV movie.

Folded into the saga are guest appearances by Petula Clark, Carol Burnett, John Coltrane, Noel Coward, Carrie Underwood and Connie Walsh. Included are more than 170 pictures, many never seen before, in addition to:
• Complete lyrics to a dozen songs
• Rare manuscript pages from the pens of Rodgers and Hammerstein
• A map of Salzburg and the film's locations
• Unseen storyboards from the film
• Updates on the Sing-A-Long phenomenon

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"I’m checking out a gorgeous Sound of Music Companion that’s coming out next month. It’s by theater/film aficionado Laurence Maslon, whose books on Broadway musicals are treasure-troves of information. This looks to be the same, with hundreds of pictures from both the Mary Martin Broadway production and (mostly) from the movie. There’s also a foreward by Julie Andrews. From what I’ve read so far, it’s a pretty sumptuous feast for fans – soon to be 'one of my favorite things.'” ~NPR
Library Journal

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789329356
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 3/3/2015
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 68,032
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Laurence Maslon is an arts professor in the Graduate Acting Program at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He has written several books about musical theater and popular culture, including The South Pacific Companion, The Some Like It Hot Companion, and co-wrote (with Michael Kantor) the companion volume to the Emmy-Winning documentary Broadway: The American Musical. He is also the host of the weekly radio series "Broadway to Main Street" and the editor of American Musicals (1927-1969) for the Library of America.

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