The Sound of Music Live! producer Craig Zadan:
What's happened to me during the rehearsal process is that I've learned something new about The Sound of Music that I didn't know before, and that is that the way Rodgers and Hammerstein wrote it originally, it was a much more serious piece. That's not to say that it's not loads of fun, and charming, and adorable, and funny, and lots of other stuff; it is all of that. What I discovered when we started rehearsing the show is that the last part of the show is really serious, dramatic and emotional in a different way, because the whole entrance of the Nazis at the end make it a bit scarier. The way we depict the show is different than the way the movie does and I found that I was really moved by the play in a different way. Not that I wasn't moved by the movie, but in a different way. And as a result, I found that it was a different Sound of Music than I thought I knew. So that became my favorite part, that the whole last part of the show had me on edge, nervous and tense, and that there's a whole other tone to the piece that I didn’t know existed. So that's now become my favorite thing. Especially letting people and a new audience see it and go, "Wow, I didn't realize that the ending was so tense and scary!"
Stephen Moyer as Captain Georg Von Trapp, Carrie Underwood as Maria with (l-r) Grace Rundhaug as Marta, Joe West as Kurt, Ariane Rinehart as Liesl, Michael Nigro as Friedrich, Ella Watts-Gorman as Luisa and Peyton Ella as Gretl
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