This review aired on KBAQ October 20, 2016
STAGE “SOUND OF MUSIC” HACKNEYNED – WATCH THE FAR BETTER FILM INSTEAD
“THE SOUND OF MUSIC”
Broadway Across America – Arizona, ASU Gammage
In 1959 when “The Sound of Music’s” stage version premiered on Broadway, critics slammed the sentimental show that starred a too-old Mary Martin as Maria, the young postulant turned governess to Captain Von Trapp’s motherless brood of seven children. Family audiences loved the cloying story and, as younger replacement stars took over from Martin, the show accumulated a respectable 1,443 performance run.
When the show’s lyricist, Oscar Hammerstein II, died in 1960, commentators …