The sing-a-long Sound of Music, a Von Trapp lovefest that's thrived in London and across the United States, now reaches the City of Brotherly Love. The popular interactive showings of the world-famous Julie Andrews musical drama now gets a stint, Dec. 27-31 at the Prince Music Theatre in Philadelphia.
A sell-out success at London's Prince Charles Cinema and in a tour throughout Britain, this special "Sound of Music" gives audiences the chance to do what they've always wanted to do during the sugary-sweet Julie Andrews flick: dress up as nuns, wave edelweiss and sing along to the Rodgers and Hammerstein tunes to the rhythm of the bouncing ball. A complimentary interactive pack accompanies the movie (a plastic nun is among the goodies) with a mystery host leading a vocal warm up, introducing a comprehensive list of shouted comments and gestures (a la "Rocky Horror") and judging the costume contest.
That final part of the evening has resulted in the most creative aspects of the "Sing-a-Long Sound of Music." Any costume, aside from those nasty Nazis, is welcome, and they have ranged from the usual (the Von Trapp children in their curtains) to the bizarre (goats — with and without Lonely Goatherds — to a young man in a gold lycra catsuit (give up? He's Ray, a Drop of Golden Sun)).
Tickets are $20-22.50. For reservations, call (215) 569-9700. The evening show on New Year's Eve ($30) will include "champagne and other surprises at intermission." The Sing-a-Long Sound of Music presentation is part of the "Film at the Prince" series, which is also screening the holiday favorite "It's a Wonderful Life," Dec. 18-20. — By David Lefkowitz & Christine Ehren