The Sound of Music Arrives With More Politics and All the Songs

It was 1938. World War II hadn't happened yet and the Austrian people were right on the verge of being taken over by Germany and its Nazis. They had no idea what to expect. In many ways, the same questions are being asked today about what any country should do, says Ben Davis, who plays Captain von Trapp in Broadway at the Hobby's upcoming The Sound of Music.

"I think he's searching. He lost his wife. He has these seven kids, a daily reminder of that loss. He doesn't know how to love them. He doesn't know how to feel joy, to exhibit joy. So he resorts to order, to discipline, " Davis says of his character, whose life, of course, changes after the arrival of Maria, the singing nun. 

Davis says the play focuses more on the political angle than the movie did, which may carry more weight with the adults in the audience than just the songs they remember.

And about those songs. There's the beautiful Rodgers and Hammerstein music that has carried The Sound of Music forward for more than 50 years now. “The Sound of Music,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Edelweiss,” “Maria,” “My Favorite Things” and Climb Ev'ry Mountain” – clear your throat, practice your yodeling and get ready to sing along big time. 

Performances are scheduled for February 16 through February 21 at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Hobby Center, 800 Bagby. For information, call 713-315-2525 or visit $30-$125. 
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