The Sound of Music on ABC: Love it or hate it?
By Sonya Sorich, Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, Ga.
Dec. 26–Stop reading if you don’t want “Edelweiss” stuck in your head for the next two hours.
Turn away if you don’t have an affinity for snowflakes that stay on your nose and eyelashes.
and by all means, go somewhere else if you’re not craving tea, jam and bread.
Still with me? Congratulations, you’re a true “Sound of Music” fan.
The 1965 musical film, which features music written by Rodgers and Hammerstein, airs 7 p.m. tonight on ABC.
The timing marks a growing tendency to regard “The Sound of Music” as a Christmas movie. “My Favorite Things,” a song from the movie, often enters holiday music rotation.
Not everybody gets the connection.
“When I think of Christmas, I don’t think of Â’The Sound of Music,’” said Michele Rogers of Columbus, a 37-year-old local choreographer/dancer.
Regardless of the dubious holiday ties, Rogers said references to “The Sound of Music” make her think of the iconic scene that features Julie Andrews singing the film’s title song on a mountaintop.
“It’s the one scene everyone has probably seen and can recognize the film by,” Rogers said.
“The Sound of Music” has seen several resurgences in pop culture popularity.
Scour the Internet and you’ll find plenty of resources related to the film. a YouTube video of a flash mob’s performance of “Do-Re-Mi” has over 21 million views.
Movie theaters have hosted sing-along versions of the musical.
in October, the entire “Sound of Music” cast appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and reunited for the first time in 45 years.
As part of the reunion, fans shared how the movie impacted their lives. one man said he watched “The Sound of Music” 127 times while deployed overseas.
What’s my “Sound of Music” story?
my grandma went to school with the mother of Charmian Carr, the actress who plays Liesl, the eldest von Trapp child in “The Sound of Music.”
Our family watched the movie so many times that we could predict — almost to a precise second — when Grandma would remind us of her “Sound of Music” connection.
when Carr hosted a book signing in our city, my dad and I had the chance to tell “Liesl” how she impacted our viewing of the film.
At the risk of sounding cheesy, the moment remains one of my favorite things.
If you’re looking for favorite things about “The Sound of Music,” you have options.
there are marionettes. Clothes made of curtains. and, of course, Plummer.
As in Christopher Plummer, the actor who plays Captain Georg von Trapp in the film.
Adam Archer, a 27-year-old professional actor/educator and director of no Shame Theater in Columbus, concisely summarized Plummer’s appeal.
“Chris Plummer is awesome. ‘Nuff said.”
Archer calls the scene when Plummer’s character sings “Edelweiss” one of his favorite movie moments.
Some people can name 20 favorite moments in “The Sound of Music.” Others might struggle to find one.
The film is described with expressions ranging from “best movie ever” to “guilty pleasure” to “corny.” Archer, like many movie fans, falls in the middle.
“I love certain parts and I am kind of indifferent to most of the movie,” he said.
Will I watch tonight? sure.
Partially because there’s nothing else on, and partially because I still haven’t learned to solve a problem like Maria.
Sonya Sorich, reporter, can be reached at ssorich@ledger- enquirer.com or 706-571-8516.
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