October 19, 2021

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Critique: ‘Sound of Music’ debuts at Alhambra Theatre & Eating

By Jennifer Logue

1 of musical theatre’s most beloved reveals returned to Jacksonville last 7 days, when The Alhambra Theatre & Dining debuted its new generation of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music.”

For anyone below the age of 60, the name “The Sound of Music” possible conjures up images of the Academy Award-successful movie starring Julie Andrews. Compared with previous Broadway shows that had been introduced to the display screen, “The Sound of Music” ventured off the studio backlot and was filmed on place in Austria, with sweeping panoramic shots of the Alps and picturesque Salzburg pretty much turning out to be people in the movie themselves.

As this sort of, the first stage edition may well appear a bit contained by comparison — but the appeal and enchantment of “The Seem of Music” continue being intact in The Alhambra’s creation. Primarily based on the true tale of the von Trapp Spouse and children, the demonstrate follows the irrepressible postulant Maria (Holly Atwood) from the convent to the palatial estate of widower Captain von Trapp (Adam Fields), where by she is to be the most up-to-date in a very long line of governesses to his 7 young children. From the outset, Maria rebels from the captain’s militaristic upbringing of his small children and endeavors to convey appreciate and joy back again into their life by means of tune. Still even as the captain’s hardened heart commences to soften towards his young children — and Maria — the family is threatened by the looming specter of Nazi Germany’s annexation of Austria.

Blessed with one of the most memorable scores of all time, “The Sound of Music” delivers up a person Broadway common right after a further — from the title music and “Do Re Mi” to “My Preferred Matters,” “Sixteen Likely on Seventeen” and “Climb Each Mountain.” A person of the significant variations in the stage model, nevertheless, is the presentation of the people of scheming tunes promoter Max Detwiler (Jay Goldberg) and Baroness Elsa von Schraeder (Jennifer Medure), a rich socialite with her sights established on landing the captain as her husband.

Whilst in the film these people have a far more severe presentation, the stage duo comes across additional like a 1930s variation of Jack and Karen from “Will and Grace” as they accomplish two musical figures. In “How Can Love Endure,” Max and Elsa jokingly ponder whether or not rich people today can have a effective relationship.


And in “No Way to Halt It,” the pragmatic pair check out to convince the idealistic captain to stop fretting about these pesky Nazis and just accept the circumstance. Supplied the coming war, even so, the jaunty, comedic tone of these quantities would seem a little bit callous, which may perhaps demonstrate their absence from the movement picture.

As The Alhambra’s Maria, Holly Atwood delivers just the appropriate sum of hopeful exuberance to complement her attractive singing voice. Jennifer Hudson, in the meantime, is a further vocal standout as the Mom Abbess, and her rendition of “Climb Each Mountain” is particularly stirring.

“The Seem of Music” runs by means of Sept. 26 at The Alhambra Theatre & Dining in Jacksonville.