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The Sound of Music Turns 50

March 13, 2015

A flurry of activity surrounds the 50th anniversary of the movie The Sound of Music. Released in March of 1965, it immediately began to make waves in both the film and musical worlds.

The film won both Best Picture and Best Director (Robert Wise) as well as several other awards and nominations, while the sound track spent several weeks on top of the Billboard 200 and was the second-highest selling record of the decade in the United Kingdom.

On March 10th, a newly remastered five-disk Blu-ray of the musical was released.  It includes an hour-long documentary called The Sound of a City: Julie Andrews Returns to Salzburg, which will also be broadcast on ABC.  It also features a sing-along track to prepare the world for the Hollywood Bowl’s annual sing-along night on June 26th, when 18,000 voices will celebrate the film.

The Academy Awards already honored the film in this year’s show.  Lady Gaga expertly performed a medley of songs from The Sound of Music.  At the end, she was greeted by Julie Andrews herself, the original star of the film.  Later this month, on March 26th, Turner Classic Movies will feature a screening of the film to open their 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood.  Julie Andrews and costar Christopher Plummer will be on hand for the opening gala.

Speaking of Christopher Plummer, the star will soon be receiving a long-deserved honor.  The day after the TCM gala, March 27th, Plummer will be immortalized at the TCL Chinese Theater.  His hand and foot prints will reside beside some of the greatest stars ever to grace the screen.  The honor is well deserved.

Finally, a festival honoring the film will be held in Salzburg, Austria, where the story takes place.  The festival will last for six days, from June 22-27, and will commemorate the massive cultural impact the film has made.  Around the world, people are celebrating the The Sound of Music, so sit back and enjoy the praise for one of the greatest musicals of all time.

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