The Sound of Music, one of the most beloved musicals of all time, airs every year during the holiday season on ABC. This year, the three-hour film (four with commercials) will air on Sunday, December 18 at 7 p.m. ET. Read on for a preview of the film.
The Sound of Music was first released in theaters in March 1965. While the film’s initial critical response was mixed, audiences flocked to see the film and its original theatrical run lasted over four years. This movie alone saved 20th Century Fox from bankruptcy after the costly Cleopatra.
It’s based The Story of the Trapp Family Singers, a memoir by Maria Von Trapp, who was a young Austrian woman training to be a nun when she was assigned to be a governess for a widower’s seven children. Although the widower, Captain Von Trapp, was going to marry the Baroness, he fell in love with Maria as she taught him to embrace the happiness life has to offer and he saw how much his children loved her.
The Von Trapp family story actually became a movie in West Germany first in 1956, followed by a sequel in 1958. In 1956, the producers who had the American rights to the story approached Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II to write a musical. The book was written by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. It opened on Broadway in 1959 and ran over 1,400 performances.
Directed by the great Robert Wise, who helmed West Side Story as well, the film was a smash hit around the world and took home five Oscars, including Best Picture. Julie Andrews, who starred as Maria, earned her second Best Actress nomination after winning the year before for Mary Poppins.
DATE: Sunday, December 18, 2016
TIME: 7 p.m. ET
CHANNEL: ABC (Click here to find your local ABC affiliate)
Julie Andrews as Maria
Christopher Plummer as Captain von Trapp
Eleanor Parker as The Baroness
Richard Haydn as Max Detweiler
Peggy Wood as Mother Abbess
Charmian Carr as Liesel
Nicholas Hammond as Friedrich
Heather Menzies as Louisa
Duane Chase as Kurt
Angela Cartwright as Brigitta
Debbie Turner as Marta
Kym Karath as Gretl
Produced & Directed by Robert Wise
Screenplay by Ernest Lehman
Based on The Sound of Music by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse
Songs by Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II
Score by Irwin Kostal
Best Film Editing
Best Music, Scoring of Music, Adaptation or Treatment
Best Actress (Julie Andrews)
Best Supporting Actress (Peggy Wood)
Best Cinematography, Color
Best Art Direction – Set Decoration, Color
Best Costume Design, Color