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Five Facts About The Real von Trapp Family From The Sound of Music!

June 24, 2015

 The von Trapp family warming up their vocal chords before a performance

The von Trapp family warming up their vocal chords before a performance.

After 50 years, the hills are still alive with The Sound of Music! This musical was first performed on a Broadway stage in 1959. The performance was generally based upon Maria A. Trapp’s memoir, “The Story of the Trapp Family Singers.”

The Sound of Music became a Broadway classic that ran for 3.5 years with 1,500 performances. The production became a film in 1965 and has earned $2.366 billion. None of this would have been possible without the original von Trapp family and Maria A. Trapp’s memoir.

PNC BL logoJoin us Nov. 24-29 at the beautiful Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center as The Sound of Music takes the stage as part of the 2015-2016 PNC Broadway Lights season.

5 little-known facts about the real von Trapp family!

  • The von Trapps did not escape by climbing a mountain but took a train out of Austria.
  • After arriving in America, the Trapp Family Singers became Columbia’s most successful choral group.
  • Maria was married to Mr. von Trapp for more than a decade before they fled Austria.
  • Maria worked as a tutor to one von Trapp child, not a governess to them all.
  • The oldest von Trapp child was not 16-going-on-17-year-old Liesl, but Rupert, who was born in 1911 and was a practicing physician by the time the family fled Austria in 1938.

SoundofMusic_300The hills will be alive in Charlotte this November with the brand new production of The Sound of Music, directed by three-time Tony Award®-winning director Jack O’Brien. The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony-, Grammy®-, and Academy Award®-winning best score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,”  and “Edelweiss.” Don’t miss it Nov. 24-29 in Belk Theater! For best seats at the best price, get 2015-2016 PNC Broadway Lights Season Tickets now.

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