By Jimmy Christoper
The Dallas Summer Musicals 2015-2016 season started with a North Texas debut of a much anticipated classic, "The Sound of Music."
I woke up the next morning with the title song still in my head. That's to be expected from a score by the great Rogers & Hammerstein, as all tunes are truly some of the best for a play or film.
The play, based on the story of the von Trapp Family, won three Tony Awards and was simply unforgettable with a fresh, complex and artful approach that touched the soul, spirit, heart and ears.
I flashed back to growing up Catholic in the opening scene with The Nuns of the Nonnberg Abbey led by The Mother Abbess played and sung beautifully by Ashley Brown.
Ben Davis turns in a solid performance as Captain Georg von Trapp with outstanding vocalizations on his numbers.
Kerstin Anderson as Maria Rainer obviously is not Julie Andrews singing or acting, added pep and energy to the role but at times was speedy and over demonstrative, possibly directed that way to offset the von Trapp children's less energetic roles. All of the Children were dynamic including Paige Silvester as Liesl and Audrey Bennett as Gretl.
'My Favorite Things' with Maria and Mother Abbess, the clever 'Do-Re-Mi', 'The Sound of Music', especially the tearjerker version with The Children and Captain von Trapp and the Mother Abbess and the Nuns 'Climb Ev'ry Mountain' were fantastic.
Set design, production, costume design and lighting were all spectacular. The Hear Us Now sound system is a much needed addition and was definitely welcome for this musical.
The Sound of Music was everything I had hoped for with romance, spirituality, power and magic.
Go see it on stage at The Music Hall At Fair Park through November 22nd.
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