A Broadway revival of The Sound of Music produced by
Hallmark sounds like it should star Marie Osmond or Debbie
Boone and cater to Disney-fed families who couldn’t get
tickets to The Lion King. Surprisingly, this Sound
of Music is much less icky than you’d expect. Director
Susan H. Schulman, who staged the much-praised “pocket”
revival of Sweeney Todd, is a real artist who demands
high values in acting, design, and music.
Heading a unanimously
talented cast, Rebecca Luker is an excellent and honest Maria.
Musical theater queens will appreciate the opportunity to
re-evaluate Rodgers & Hammerstein’s final collaboration
-- noticing, perhaps, that it’s basically The King and I
with swastikas. In keeping with the current Broadway trend
toward overplaying the dark subtext of World War II dramas,
Schulman has the von Trapps crooning “Edelweiss” in front
of a Nazi flag. It certainly has the effect of turning the
narrative heat up underneath the show that brought us
raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens.
The Advocate, April 28,