On Sunday, Dec. 23, THE SOUND OF MUSIC will continue its long tradition of airing on ABC around the holidays at 7pm. Follow #SoundofMusic at @FoxHomeEnt and @RnH_Org for fun facts and fan chats throughout this year’s broadcast!
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To join in on this year’s Sound of Music television extravaganza, we’ve compiled some fun facts and little-known tidbits about the iconic film that might surprise even the most learned fan!
1. THE SOUND OF MUSIC ran on Broadway for four years between Nov. 16th, 1959, and June 15th, 1963. It played for a total of 1,443 performances, and won five Tony Awards in 1960, including Best Musical and Best Actress in a Musical for star Mary Martin.
2. In 1965, Twentieth Century Fox premiered the movie version of THE SOUND OF MUSIC, directed by Robert Wise and starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. It played in New York for a record-setting 93 weeks. The movie’s initial U.S. release lasted 4.5 years, and from 1966 to 1972 THE SOUND OF MUSIC was cited by Variety as the “All-Time Box Office Champion.” It remains the most popular movie musical ever made.
3. At the end of THE SOUND OF MUSIC, the von Trapp family climbs over the mountains to freedom into neighboring Switzerland. In reality, Salzburg does not border Switzerland; it borders Germany. If the real von Trapp family had actually climbed over the Obersalzberg Mountain, as they do in the film version, they would have found themselves face to face with Hitler’s mountain retreat, Eagle’s Nest at Berchtesgaden.
4. The first shot of Maria on the mountain was done the last day of THE SOUND OF MUSIC filming, because of bad weather!
5. “I Have Confidence” was written for THE SOUND OF MUSIC after Hammerstein passed away – Rodgers wrote both music and lyrics himself.
6. Bing Crosby, Sean Connery, Rex Harrison, and Yul Brynner were considered for Captain von Trapp before Christopher Plummer was cast in THE SOUND OF MUSIC.
7. Actor Jon Voight played Rolf Gruber during the original Broadway run of THE SOUND OF MUSIC.
8. Did you know? On the first day of filming the dance in “Sixteen Going On Seventeen” for THE SOUND OF MUSIC, Charmian Carr (as Liesl) danced right through the plate-glass windows of the gazebo! She sprained her ankle. Although her bandage was covered with makeup, it was still visible during the scene – until recent DVD releases, when digital magic removed it entirely.
9. “Schnitzel with noodles” is a “favorite thing” in THE SOUND OF MUSIC, but it’s not Austrian – Hammerstein invented this dish for the movie!
10. Film director Robert Wise cast Julie Andrews as Maria in THE SOUND OF MUSIC as soon as he saw her scenes in Mary Poppins.
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