Monday, November 23, 2009

Review and Giveaway: The Sound of Music CLOSED



Can you hear it? The hills are alive...with the sound of music. That's right, one of my all-time favorite musicals, The Sound of Music, is celebrating its 50th anniversary of the original Broadway cast recording this month.
Almost six years before the film version with Julie Andrews became an international sensation, The Sound of Music premiered on Broadway on November 14, 1959 -- an instant hit, starring musical theater legend Mary Martin, that went on to win six Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The last musical in the incomparable collaboration of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, The Sound of Music introduced a spectacular array of songs that immediately became standards -- "My Favorite Things," "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "Maria," "Do-Re-Mi," "Edelweiss" and the soaring title song. It continues to be one of the most popular and enduring musicals of all time.
In honor of this milestone anniversary, Sony Music has released a remastered, commemorative edition of the original Broadway cast recording with extensive liner notes, rarely seen photos of the recording sessions from November 22, 1959 , as well as three rare bonus tracks.

Track Listing:

1. Act I: Preludium
2. The Sound of Music
3. Maria
4. My Favorite Things
5. Do-Re-Mi
6. Sixteen Going on Seventeen
7. The Lonely Goatherd
8. How Can Love Survive?
9. The Sound of Music (Reprise)
10. Laendler
11. So Long, Farewell
12. Climb Ev'ry Mountain
13. Act II: No Way to Stop It
14. An Ordinary Couple
15. Processional
16. Sixteen Going on Seventeen (Reprise)
17. Edelweiss
18. Climb Ev'ry Mountain (Reprise)
19. From Switzerland: The Pratt Family
20. Edelweiss (German)
21. Sok Dig Till Bergen (Climb Every Mountain)

I had the pleasure of listening to a digital version of the new album and while I've always associated Julie Andrews with the character of Maria, I was happy to hear that all of the original Broadway songs had the same magic they had on the silver screen. "My Favorite Things" remains my favorite song from the musical, closely followed by "Do-Re-Mi" and "Sixteen Going On Seventeen". I remember being eight or nine years old, thinking sixteen was forever and a year away. Now here I am at twenty-six going on twenty-seven. Ah, the memories.

In addition to Sony's commemorative CD, Simon and Schuster has released a hardcover, collectible pop-up book, The Sound of Music: A Classic Collectible Pop-Up, adapted from the beloved stage musical. The classic adventure of the Von Trapp family comes alive through paper engineering, with each page displaying stunning illustrations and lyrics from the timeless melodies.



While I have not reviewed the pop-up book, it looks like a wonderful keepsake for any child or family. However, I did have the pleasure of reviewing the Sound of Music Sing-Along activity book, which I am happy to share with all of you fellow fans! As you watch the movie, read the book or listen to the CD, you can use this guide to encourage your child to read and follow the story along with you. What a lovely way to experience and share the musical you love with your children.

Bottom line: If you or someone you know is a fan of The Sound of Music, this special edition CD and collectible pop-up book are must-haves to your/their collection.

BUY IT: You can purchase The Sound of Music 50th Anniversary Edition album on Amazon, iTunes or at your local music retailer (ARV $10.99). The Sound of Music: A Classic Collectible Pop-Up book can be found on Amazon or at bookstores nationwide (ARV $17.81).

WIN IT: One lucky reader is going to win The Sound of Music 50th Anniversary CD release, as well as the children's pop-up book!

MAIN COURSE (MANDATORY ENTRY): This one is two-fold: (1) tell me your favorite song from The Sound of Music and (2) use the Sing-Along guide to tell me one of Maria's "favorite things". You must fulfill both entries to be qualified. Remember to please leave your email address in your comment if it isn't visible on your profile or if you are not a blogger!

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1.) Follow my blog or subscribe via reader or email. Comment telling me which method you chose. If you already follow or subscribe, that counts! (1 entry)

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4.) Enter any of my other current giveaways and leave a comment telling me which one(s) you entered. (1 entry each)

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Giveaway will end on December 8, 2009 at 11:59pm EST. Open to U.S. only. Winners will be chosen via Random.org and will have 48 hours to respond to congratulatory email or prize will be forfeited and another winner will be chosen.

Disclaimer: I received a digital version of the Sound of Music 50th Anniversary edition CD and a copy of the Sing-Along Guide from Dana at Sony Music Group. I was not sent a review copy of the album nor was I sent a copy of the pop-up book. I was not compensated in any way for this post.

130 comments:

Amber said...

My favorite song is Do-Re-Mi and one of Maria's favorite things is raindrops on roses!
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Melanie said...

My fav. song is "the hills are alive" and one of her fav. things is whiskers on kittens. :)
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Elena said...

My favorite song is Edelweiss. And one of Maria's favorite things is raindrops on roses.

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sweetpea18 said...

my favorite things is my favorite song.
one of her favorite things is raindrops on roses!

Alison said...

(1) 16 going on 17
(2) raindrops on roses

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A few of my favorite things!

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Jennifer said...

1) My favorite song is Do-Re-Mi.
2) Brown paper packages

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Yakini said...

Oh my goodness, my all time favorite song is "Sixteen Going On Seventeen." I just love their dance sequence in the gazebo in the movie. *sigh*

One of her favorite things are warm woolen mittens

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do re me and maria is raindrops on roses mverno@roadrunner.com

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My favorite song is Edelweiss

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Susan said...

1. I like Do-Re-Me. Since I can't carry a tune, it's one of the few songs I can sing and not sound awful.

2. I like Edelweiss.

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Do-re-mi is my favorite song and maria's favorite things is warm woolen mittens

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Janet and Maya said...

I love this movie and the music! This is the first time I've seen the book - how fun. Thanks for linking me to the Sing Along Guide!

My fave song is Edelweiss. I get goosebumps everytime I hear it and picture the scene from the movie where the father is singing it while the family escapes.

One of Maria's favorite things is raindrops on roses!

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ehhogan said...

My favorite song is Sixteen Going on Seventeen

Maria"s favorite things

1. raindrops on roses
2. whiskers on kittens
3. bright copper kettles
4. warm woolen mittens
5. bright paper packages ties up with string


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bwaybabe912 said...

My favorite song is So Long, Farewell! I grew up watching this movie and have loved the story all my life! We visited the Von Trapp family lodge in Vermont and it was so cool! I don't even need the guide to list Maria's favorite things!

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens, brown paper packages tied up with strings...
cream colored ponies and crisp apple strudels, doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles, wild geese that fly with the moon on their winds...
I'd love to win this for my toddler!

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Mary A said...

Our favorite song is The Lonely Goatherd and one of her favorites are "raindrops on roses." Thanks for the giveaway.
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Carolyn G said...

Maria is my favorite song and warm woolen mittens are some of her favorite things

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Jennifer said...

Do-re-mi is the song that has always stuck in my head.Warm winter mittens are some of her favorite things. My niece would love this! jenniferjoy at gmail dot com

Mysharona said...

I love Sixteen Going On Seventeen.She loves warm woolen mittens

Nickolay said...

"16 Going On 17" is my favorite song, and whiskers on kittens is one of her favorite things

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Sarah said...

Favorite song is Lonely Goatherd and favorite thing is whiskers on kittens. Thanks for the chance to win this!!
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Melissa said...

My favorite song is Sixteen Going On Seventeen.

One of her favorite things is warm woolen mittens.

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Ken said...

My favorite song is "So Long, Farewell" and Maria likes Whiskers On Kittens. Please accept my entry. Thank you.

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I really love So Long, Farewell and one of her favorite things is whiskers on kittens and raindrops on roses. Okay ,two there!

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etirv said...

I like Edelweiss! And one of Maria's favorite things is whiskers on kittens!

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wmmahaney said...

Edelweiss is my favorite song.
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Wehaf said...

Edelweiss is my favorite song, and one of Maria's favorite things in bright copper kettles.

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Laureen said...

Climb Ev'ry Mountain is my favorite song. The Sing-Along Guide mentions that Maria's favorite things includes brown paper packages.

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gsm57 said...

I love the song My Favorite Things.
Rain drops on roses.

Amy B. said...

My favorite song is Sixteen Going on Seventeen and one of Maria's favorite things are whiskers on kittens
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I like the song Sixteen Going on Seventeen one of Maria's favorite things are whiskers on kittens.
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My favorite song is My Favorite Things and whiskers on kittens is one of them!
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Dolphin Girl said...

My favorite song is So Long, Farewell and one of Maria's Favorite things is brown paper packages tied up with string.

saturdaynightfever said...

"Do-Re-Mi"; raindrops on roses!

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Kimberly L said...

Whiskers on kittens, and my favorite song is Do-Re-Mi - love when the children learn to sing

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My favorite is Do-Re-Mi, raindrops on roses, thanks!

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bethany said...

So long farewell is my favorite and warm woolen mittens!! So great, and my little sis was just Liesel un her school's musical! She'd LOVE this! Thanks!

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familytiesandgrowingpains said...

do-re-me is my favorite song,
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Lisa said...

My favorite song is the Hills are Alive. One of her favorite things is warm woolen mittens.

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Love the Edelweiss song.
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billie the girl said...

When I was little I loved the Lonely Goatherd song because I loved watching them do the puppets, now i think my favorite is Climb Every Mountain because it has such a good message. :)
Maria likes paper packages (and definitely not the tank)!

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Erica G said...

I like Sixteen Going on Seventeen. One of Maria's favorite things are Raindrops on Roses. Thanks!

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My favorite song is Sixteen Going on Seventeen, One of Maria's favorite things are whiskers on kittens.
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My favorite song is Edelweiss. One of Maria's favorite things is "whiskers on kittens". Thanks so much! pamelashockley(AT)netscape(DOT)net

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My favorite song is "16 going on 17" and one of maria's favorite things is "raindrops on roses"
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Do-Re-Mi is my favorite song. Raindrops on roses is one of Maria's favorite things. garrettsambo@aol.com

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I like Edelweiss. Raindrops on Roses is one of the things.

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Gianna said...

16 going on 17 & Whiskers on Kittens :)

Renee G said...

The lonely Goatherd is my favorite song. And one of Maria's favorite things is brown paper packages tied up with string.
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My favorite song from The Sound of Music is Edelweiss. One of Maria's favorite things is whiskers on kittens.

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Kirsten said...

The Lonely Goatherd is my favorite. Maria loves whiskers on kittens.

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