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
"The iconic movie, released in March 1965, is also the subject of [a] fine new book, Laurence Maslon's The Sound of Music Companion . . . " -Parade
"If you love The Sound of Music (and who doesn’t?) you are in for a treat. The Sound of Music Companion is a beautiful, extensive coffee-table book full of fun facts and interesting, little-known details about the von Trapp family, the Broadway musical, and of course the beloved movie." -San Francisco Book Review
"From Vienna to Vermont, from Broadway to Hollywood, this gorgeous coffee table book details the real life of the Von Trapp family from the international box office bonanza. Author Laurence Masion, a professor from New York University, has gathered 170 photos as well as original lyrics, storyboards, and behind-the-scenes footage for this treasured book. -National Examiner
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 Illustrations include von Trapp family photos, historical documents, original design sketches, early lyrics, and production notes, as well as publicity shots from various international stage productions and scenes from the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