“The Sound of Music” opened Oct. 10 and delighted audience members with a charismatic cast of von Trapp children and Jill-Christine Wiley as Maria Rainer. I might be one of the only people in the world who has not seen “The Sound of Music” movie starring Julie Andrews, but it was simply something I never got around to seeing. But somehow, I know every song in in it. I blame my own vocal coach as a child, the late, great Fred Silver. After seeing this musical, I have surely missed out. I instantly fell in love with the lonely, misunderstood von Trapp children. They merely needed the right governess to set them free to be who they were meant to be. Mike McLean dazzles as the overbearing yet tender-hearted Captain Georg von Trapp. Lauren Kidwell stuns as The Mother Abbess. Kidwell, who is the granddaughter of opera singers, can sing. In fact, she makes those nuns in “Sister Act” truly seem like amateurs. The von Trapp children were one more charming than the next with Jake Mills as Max Detweiler, Melissa McKamie as Elsa Schraeder, Kelsie Ward as Liesl and Chad P. Campbell as Rolf Gruber. The von Trapp children are played by Landon Brimacombe (Friedrich), Arick Brooks (Kurt), Katie Grgecic (Brigitta), Madeleine Guilbot (Gretl), Maya Karp (Louisa) and Amaryllis C. Miller (Marta). Don’t miss this magical musical that offers classic tunes such as “My Favorite Things,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” and “Do-Re-Mi.” This is a beautiful show for families to experience together.
The “Sound of Music” runs at Broward Center through Oct. 22. Tickets are available at the Broward Center AutoNation Box Office, 201 SW Fifth Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33312,browardcenter.org or call 954-462-0222. Ticket prices start at $35.25.