Beloved by generations of audiences worldwide, “The Sound of Music” tells the inspiring true story of the von Trapp Family Singers and their escape from Austria during the rise of Nazism. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s 1959 hit stage musical garnered five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and the blockbuster 1965 movie adaptation won five Oscars, including Best Picture. Great Performances presents the 2015 live U.K. broadcast version starring Kara Tointon as Maria, Julian Ovenden as Captain von Trapp, Katherine Kelley as Baroness Schraeder, Alexander Armstrong as Max, and Maria Friedman as the Mother Abbess. Cinematically photographed on adjoining sound stages, the production offers a more naturalistic interpretation of this great classic of the American musical theater. Among the many classic songs featured in the score are “The Sound of Music,” “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Every Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and more.
Premieres Friday, November 9 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings)
Streams Nov. 10 – 21 on PBS Passport, then again on Monday, Dec. 26 at pbs.org/gperf and on PBS apps
Watch a clip from the broadcast below of the song “Something Good”:
TCM and Fathom Events Are Bringing ‘The Sound of Music’ Back To Theaters In September
Turner Classic Movies’ Big Screen Classics is partnering with Fathom Events to bring the beloved motion picture classic starring Julie Andrews ‘The Sound of Music’ back to movie theaters next month. The limited showings will take place in select theaters nationwide on September 9 and 12. The special showings will feature insight into the classic film by TCM host Ben Mankiewicz.
To find a theater near you visit the Fathom website here and enter your zip code.
Watch the opening music number from ‘The Sound of Music’ featuring Julie Andrews below:
Watch ‘Do Re Mi’ from ‘The Sound of Music’ below:
Charmian Carr, “Liesl” From The 1965 “Sound of Music” Film Dead At 73
Charmian Carr,the actress who portrayed the role of “Liesl” in the popular 1965 motion picture version of “The Sound of Music” Charmian Carr has passed away at the age of 73. 20th Century FOX released a statement on Monday sharing the news.
“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Charmian Carr. To the generations of The Sound Of Music fans around the world she was Liesl. To us she was “Charmy,” a beloved member of the Fox family for more than 50 years. A true talent as well as a kind, gentle person she’ll be greatly missed but forever remain in our hearts.” -20th Century Fox
Carr was attending San Fernando Valley State College, studying speech therapy and philosophy and working for a doctor, when her mother arranged for her to audition for a role in The Sound of Music. her mother hadn’t asked Charmian if she wanted to audition for the part, but Charmian was sure her mother would consider getting a part in a film more important than earning a college diploma.
Director Robert Wise thought Farnon (her real last name) was too long paired with Charmian. After he had given her a list of single syllable stage names, she chose Carr. She won the role of Liesl over Geraldine Chaplin, Patty Duke, among many other rumored stars at the time. The film was a very happy experience for her. However, during the filming of her dance scene with Rolf in the gazebo, the costumers had forgotten to put no-slip pads on her shoes, she slid through a window of the gazebo, and she “had to complete the scene in agony”.
After “The Sound of Music,” Carr’s only other major Hollywood role was starring with Anthony Perkins in the Stephen Sondheim television musical “Evening Primrose.” She played a mysterious young woman who lived in a department store.
Carr is survived by her four siblings, her two children and four grandchildren. She is also survived by the six other actors who played the roles of the von Trapp children in the beloved classic starring Julie Andrews.