Oct. 20 - The stage production of the popular Hollywood film lands in Austria for the first time. Alicia Powell reports.
Classic musical "The Sound of Music" makes its Austrian debut. The stage production of the film will finally premiere in the country where the story is based. The 1965 movie, starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, is based on the true story of how an aspiring nun sang her way into the hearts of Baron von Trapp and his seven children. For the first time the internationally renowned songs will be sung in German. But language isn't the only change. Director Christian Struppek says a number of things were altered for the Austrian audience. SOUNDBITE: Christian Struppek, director, saying (German): "This piece is an absolute hit, except in the German-speaking world which is quite a phenomenon. The difference for us was that the musical plays here and people are familiar with locations. We also had to examine the script and we discovered that certain things had to be renamed. Details were invented, for example locations. People would have known that these places don't exist (laughs). So we had to change that. Also, we did not want to hide the political element which does not play too much of a role (in the original version). We said it needed to be addressed and portrayed, something that is sometimes belittled in American productions." The production is scheduled to play at least 30 times - and if it is a great success, the season will be extended. Alicia Powell, Reuters.