Von Trapped

Don't underestimate the Hollywood musical. Just consider the turbulence of the 1960s – the civil rights movement, the pill, war protests, women’s liberation. Sure, those were responses to strife, inequality, and oppression, but it's our theory that the sugarcoated pretty nonsense of musicals such as Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, and Doctor Doolittle were the match that lit the fuse of rebellion. Alas, everything that goes around comes around, and now that you’ve given up drugs and started a family, your tolerance and even appreciation for movie melodies has no doubt increased exponentially. In fact, mainstream films that once seemed too trite to bear now feel endearing and familiar. Sing-Along Sound of Music revisits the cheery days when Julie Andrews was the epitome of porcelain-scrubbed virginity, Christopher Plummer was a matinee idol, and the Nazis were spit-polished villains. Setting the family-friendly mood, organist David Hegarty leads off with a half-hour’s worth of Rodgers and Hammerstein hits from Oklahoma!, South Pacific, and The King and I. The world has changed so much in 40 years that this might indeed be the new transgression.
Nov. 27-Dec. 4, 2011

 
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