Local Students “Spellbound” by School Matinee of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music 

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical has introduced millions of young children worldwide to the power of music. Last week, we were honored to continue that tradition at The 5th Avenue Theatre. On Thursday, December 10, approximately 2,000 students from elementary, middle and high schools from as far as Yakima came to a special school matinee performance of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music in downtown Seattle. For many, it was their first experience seeing a live theater performance and their first visit to the historic 5th Avenue Theatre.  Continue reading “Local Students “Spellbound” by School Matinee of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music 

Anne Allgood: An Interview with Mother Abbess from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music

Anne Allgood is a beloved and exceptionally talented actress in Seattle’s vibrant and thriving theater scene. The 5th Avenue Theatre has been lucky enough to count her as one of our favorite performers to work with, and anyone who has ever heard her sing and perform can understand why; Allgood brings a depth and richness to every character she brings to life onstage, and her vocal power is second to none. Allgood has appeared in three of our recent Rodgers & Hammerstein productions – as Aunt Eller in Oklahoma!, as Nettie in Carousel, and now as Mother Abbess in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music. We recently had the opportunity to catch up with Allgood about these fantastic female characters.

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Rodgers & Hammerstein: The Sound of Music

RICHARD RODGERS composed his first songs at a summer camp, then wrote music for shows at Columbia University. A friend introduced him to a smart young lyric writer, Larry Hart, who shared his ambitious artistic goals. The two wrote several clever scores, but they attracted little attention and Rodgers seriously considered an offer to quit and sell children’s underwear.

They finally got their big break in 1925 with a small benefit show that won raves from the critics. For the next fifteen years Rodgers & Hart were one of the top teams on Broadway, writing 28 stage musicals and over 500 songs.

OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II was born into a show business family. His grandfather built theaters and opera houses, and his father managed the biggest vaudeville palace in Manhattan. The family wanted him to become a lawyer, but show business was in his blood and he quit law school to write lyrics for Broadway musicals.

Hammerstein had a huge hit with the groundbreaking 1927 musical Show Boat, with music by Jerome Kern. But for years he wasn’t able to follow Show Boat with another hit, and by 1940, Hammerstein wondered if his time had passed.

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The Women of The Sound of Music

The Sound of Music is iconic. It is without a doubt one of the most beloved and well known musicals. For over 50 years it has enthralled audiences across generations, cultures, and borders, from Europe to Asia, South America to Africa—a global fascination that stands as a testament to its universal appeal. Certainly, the amazing score and the heartwarming story are important reasons audiences flock to it. However, one key to its enduring appeal for contemporary audiences lies in its gallery of brave, strong, self-directed women: Maria—rebellious, independent, and adventurous; The Mother Abbess—wise, intuitive, and the moral compass, and Elsa, the Baroness—accomplished, driven, sophisticated, and intelligent.

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