By Jennifer Logue
1 of musical theatre’s most beloved demonstrates returned to Jacksonville last 7 days, when The Alhambra Theatre & Dining debuted its new output of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Songs.”
For any one beneath the age of 60, the title “The Seem of Music” very likely conjures up photos of the Academy Award-profitable film starring Julie Andrews. Compared with prior Broadway reveals that experienced been introduced to the display screen, “The Seem of Music” ventured off the studio backlot and was filmed on spot in Austria, with sweeping panoramic pictures of the Alps and picturesque Salzburg nearly starting to be people in the movie them selves.
As these kinds of, the initial stage edition might feel a little bit contained by comparison — but the charm and appeal of “The Audio of Music” continue to be intact in The Alhambra’s generation. Primarily based on the legitimate tale of the von Trapp Family members, the present follows the irrepressible postulant Maria (Holly Atwood) from the convent to the palatial estate of widower Captain von Trapp (Adam Fields), wherever she is to be the most current in a prolonged line of governesses to his 7 youngsters. From the outset, Maria rebels in opposition to the captain’s militaristic upbringing of his small children and endeavors to bring adore and pleasure again into their lives by way of track. However even as the captain’s hardened heart starts to soften toward his small children — and Maria — the loved ones is threatened by the looming specter of Nazi Germany’s annexation of Austria.
Blessed with a person of the most unforgettable scores of all time, “The Seem of Music” delivers up one Broadway regular after another — from the title song and “Do Re Mi” to “My Favored Matters,” “Sixteen Likely on Seventeen” and “Climb Each individual Mountain.” One particular of the significant variations in the stage variation, however, is the presentation of the figures of scheming audio promoter Max Detwiler (Jay Goldberg) and Baroness Elsa von Schraeder (Jennifer Medure), a wealthy socialite with her sights established on landing the captain as her partner.
Whilst in the film these characters have a more significant presentation, the stage duo will come throughout a lot more like a 1930s model of Jack and Karen from “Will and Grace” as they accomplish two musical quantities. In “How Can Adore Survive,” Max and Elsa jokingly ponder regardless of whether wealthy men and women can have a effective relationship.
And in “No Way to Cease It,” the pragmatic pair check out to convince the idealistic captain to quit fretting about these pesky Nazis and just take the scenario. Presented the coming war, on the other hand, the jaunty, comedic tone of these quantities looks a bit callous, which could reveal their absence from the movement image.
As The Alhambra’s Maria, Holly Atwood delivers just the appropriate quantity of hopeful exuberance to enhance her beautiful singing voice. Jennifer Hudson, in the meantime, is yet another vocal standout as the Mother Abbess, and her rendition of “Climb Each individual Mountain” is specifically stirring.
“The Seem of Music” runs by means of Sept. 26 at The Alhambra Theatre & Dining in Jacksonville.