30 Musicals in 30 Days: Your First Musical

Post a song from your first musical.

The first musical to which I was exposed was Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II’s The Sound of Music, which my grandmother used to put on the record player in the afternoons when I had to go and nap. I have a cassette tape of myself singing Liesl’s part of “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” from that time. I guess I must have been about 4 years old. I don’t know how old I was when I first saw the iconic film, but I really love it. The Sounds of Music is one of the best stage-to-screen adaptations of a musical, with many of the weaknesses of the stage show (which I directed in 2009) fixed in both the screenplay and the score.

The video I’ve chosen is a clip from the 52nd Tony Awards. The Sound of Music was up for “Best Revival of a Musical” that year and this medley includes a the thrilling “Gaudeamus Domino” wedding chorale, “Do-Re-Mi” and “The Sound of Music”.

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