Only 25 minutes by car from Mesa, Gilbert and Chandler, Zao Theatre in Apache Junction features a “The Sound of Music” play.
“The Sound of Music,” one of the world’s most beloved musicals, is playing the Zao Theatre stage through April 17, featuring the music of Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, as suggested by the memoirs of Maria Augusta von Trapp.
The original Broadway production, it is an inspirational story, which follows an ebullient postulate who serves as governess to the seven children of the imperious Capt. von Trapp, bringing music and joy to the household. That original production starred Mary Martin as Maria and won five Tony Awards in 1959 including Best Musical. The show was adapted to film and went on to take its place in the 1966 cinematic history books with Julie Andrews in the starring role. All in all, The Sound of Music garnered Tony and Grammy Awards, an Oscar for Best Score and far too many additional awards to mention here.
By November 1966, The Sound of Music had become the highest-grossing film of all-time surpassing Gone With The Wind.
In 1998, the American Film Institute listed The Sound of Music as the fourth greatest movie musical in the history of film musicals. In 2001, the United States Library of Congress selected the film for preservation in the National Film Registry, finding it “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.”
The beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family is here at Zao Theatre to once again thrill its audiences. Come hear your favorites songs, “Edelweiss,” “Do-Re-Mi” and of course, the title song — “The Sound of Music.”