'Blossom of snow may you bloom and grow,
Bloom and grow forever'
Often dismissed as kitsch sentimentalism, Rodger and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music has proven an enduringly popular and surprisingly influential cultural icon, both within the field of musical theatre and the wider world. The Broadway production won five Tony Awards, the London production became the longest-running West End musical, and the movie version was the highest-grossing film of all time. This book examines how the musical heralded the end of an era on Broadway; its reinvention of history and biography; how the film has influenced future stage productions; the ways in which it put child performers centre stage; and how, nearly 60 years after its stage debut, the musical still has a direct impact on the modern world, from the United States to the Middle East.
In this series of short essays, Julian Woolford re-examines the musical from seven different perspectives, revealing the ways in which it continues to impact the twenty first century.
Acknowledgments 1. DO - Rodgers, Hammerstein and The Sound of Music 2. RE - The Ghosts of the von Trapps 3. MI - How Do You Solve a Problem Like The ‘Ploovie’? 4. FA - What’s a ‘Kidsical’? 5. SOL - It’s not just a musical – It’s an event! 6. LA - Bless My Homeland Forever 7. TI - ‘Til You Find Your Dream 8. That Will Bring Us Back To ‘DO’ Index
Routledge’s Fourth Wall books are short, accessible accounts of some of modern theatre’s best loved works. They take a subjective but easily digestible approach to their topics, allowing their authors the opportunity to explore their chosen subject in a way that is absorbing enough to be of use both to lovers of theatre and those who are being asked to study a play more deeply.
Each book in the series looks at a specific play, variously exploring its themes, contexts and characteristics while prioritising original, insightful writing over complexity or scholarly weight. While other cultural products such as albums and films are well served by this kind of writing, the Fourth Wall series aims to find room between rigorous analysis and the short format of reviews or articles. They are extended accounts that get to the heart of their chosen works without being bound by the density that academic treatments can often require.