I had the great honor of attending The Sound of Music at the Kennedy Center on June 16, 2017. Considering the venue and the musical, my expectations were high. I was a bit concerned that I would have unrealistic expectations that this musical would not do the beloved movie justice. (Who else can play Maria as well as Julie Andrews? Who would even try?) However, my expectations were exceeded above and beyond what I could have imagined.
If you are an avid fan of the movie, have no concerns about feeling “betrayed” by this live performance. The scenery is stunning, the actors are exceedingly talented, and the music is just as familiar as watching the movie again. Every iconic song remains in this version, though be prepared to enjoy a few in a different locations within the storyline. There are a couple of additional musical numbers, but they only add to the production. In reading the bios of the performers, it is hard not to be impressed with the awards they have won and the shows in which they have starred. Stunning voices! (In particular, the Reverend Mother may be everyone’s new favorite in this production.)
The Kennedy Center’s website recommends this show for age 4 and up. There is no reason a young child could not sit through this lively, fast-paced show…plenty of music and dancing to entertain all ages. Children will particularly enjoy watching the young performers who all but take the show away from the surrounding adults. The show takes place in the Opera House, which has close seats that might make it hard for little ones who need wiggle room. Though it lasts 2-3/4 hours, it went by fast! (From the website: Performance Timing: Act One – 85 min.; Intermission – 20 min.; Act Two – 55 min.)
The Kennedy Center is a worth a visit in itself. Arrive early to wander around and enjoy the view of the Potomac River out on the verandah. Light snacks and drinks are available ($$) before the show and during intermission. Parking ($23) is easy and readily available in the parking garage directly below the Kennedy Center.
Disclaimer: I was provided with tickets to this show free of charge, however all opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review. Pictures provided courtesy of the Kennedy Center for the Arts.
Thank you to Heidi Reichert and Lydia Schnack for attending this performance for me! Tickets to The Sound of Music run from $49-$169 and are available by clicking here. The show plays through July 16th.