Hello. I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday. This was my first Christmas without my Grandmother, but we did the best we could. I have to make a separate post with all my Christmas presents because I have already watched quite a few things. I decided to do a bunch of mini reviews which will help me cover more material quicker and allow it to be more reader-friendly. For today, I wanted to review something that my Uncle was nice enough to treat me to. Just yesterday, we went to see The Sound of Music at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn.
To start, I want it known that I saw the movie of just just once when I was younger, and I absolutely hated it. Not until I watched the musical did I understand why. The musical has a much more somber tone in parts and takes itself a bit more seriously. I actually hated the goofy feel that the movie had. There was close to the same music, though the actors and actresses in the musical were much more talented. Within them, was a truly shining star.
I want to come at this the right way, because I don’t want put anyone down. I have seen quite a few musicals within my lifetime. Each of the adult ones, if it does have a female lead, usually starts itself off with a fairly attractive woman. The star of The Sound of Music at the Paper Mill was a woman named Elena Shaddow. First looks are often horrible and deceiving. She was very simple looking, nothing that would jump out at you… and then she opened her mouth. She had a wonderful voice. Besides her voice though, Shaddow’s acting was outstanding! She portrayed Maria as very real. Instead of goofy and obnoxious, Maria transformed into someone confused but then became strong in conviction. Everything she said became quite real, almost organic in presentation. It didn’t just work for the story and her character, but also for the children performers she interacted with on stage.
Another positive was the scenery and stage props. It looked like a NYC production. Everything was so beautiful and extravagant. Some pieces were so huge I had no idea how they made it into the building.
I cannot stress this point enough, even though I enjoyed myself quite a bit, this is not a good musical for young children. I saw far too many in the audience and could not understand why. They will be bored and not only annoy you but also people around them. Period. It happened several times throughout the audience. Just do not bring them. The Little Mermaid is going to be at the Paper Mill shortly, just go there. I hate to come off grumpy, but at one point a child near me lifted his jacket, completely obstructing a woman’s view for at least 2 minutes. That is just an example as there were quite a few moments of unpleasantness.
So to sum up, great scenery, wonderful singing, amazing acting, A- for The Sound of Music. If you didn’t like the movie I cannot stress enough to just go see this, trust me.
I should be able to put up my Christmas presents post tomorrow so keep an eye out for that. Take care all!