“The hills are alive with the sound of music...” are probably one of the most famous musical lyrics of all time. Can you believe that the hills have been alive for over 50 years?
If The Sound of Music was your favourite childhood film, you’re going to love these little-known facts about “the world’s most popular musical” about love, family, and of course, music.
1. The Von Trapps featured on an Elvis album
While the film depicts the Von Trapps as wealthy and well-off, the truth is - music was the family’s sole source of income. When faced with imminent financial ruin shortly after being married in 1927, Maria and Georg turned to music to survive. It worked well for them, because by 1935 they had formed a popular group and, when the family fled for the United States, they became Columbia’s most successful choral group and managed to sing on an Elvis record.
2. Julie Andrews almost rejected the role of Maria
Afraid of being typecast, Julie Andrews initially considered turning down the role of Maria Von Trapp following her film role as Mary Poppins. She was concerned that the characters were too similar and that the industry would assume that she was only good for nanny roles. Aren’t we glad that she reconsidered?
3. Kym Karath was traumatised by the boat scene
The rowboat scene did not go as planned. It is said that child actress Kym Karath, who played 5-year-old Gretl could not swim and, that Julie Andrews was meant to fall forward when the boat overturned, and rescue her. Instead, Julie fell backwards and, Kym almost drowned.
4. Julie’s twirling on the hillside wasn’t as effortless as it looked
In her opening scene, Julie’s twirling was anything but effortless on that idyllic mountaintop. In fact, it is said that she kept falling during the mountain scene. Not only was it cold and wet during production, the helicopter hovering over her for the aerial shot kept blowing Julie over onto the grass.
5. The Sound of Music saved 20th Century Fox
At the brink of financial ruin after the failure of Cleopatra, The Sound of Music saved 20th Century Fox from bankruptcy. The film was so successful, it became a number one box office hit, was nominated for 10 Oscars and, won five of them. To this day, it is considered the most successful movie musical in history.
It’s not hard to see why after all these years, so many people still love The Sound of Music and, guess what? The timeless musical that captured the hearts of both young and old is twirling right to your doorstep.
Returning to the Montecasino’s Teatro for ONE MONTH ONLY this April - take a trip down memory lane with The Sound of Music, featuring an all-star South African cast, magnificent costumes and spectacular scenery.
Tickets are available at www.tsogosun.com