Arthouse Hotel is alive with the Sound of Music. You will never want to leave this luxurious room, which offers a large screen TV and a kitchenette. You will feel like a Hollywood star as you indulge in a relaxing double Jacuzzi bath, providing a truly enjoyable stay at our luxurious hotel.
You can guarantee the Sound of Music inspired rooms will capture your heart as much as the 1965 musical, which starred the legendary Julie Andrews as Maria von Trapp. Sleeping up to 6 people, it’s the perfect stay for a visit to Liverpool city centre, as you will be just a stone’s throw away from the city’s coolest bars, restaurants and shops.
The Sound of Music
The Sound of Music will most likely conjure up moments and sounds from your childhood, filling your ears with music and your heart with a wonderful story. Based on The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria Augusta von Trapp, The Sound of Music changed musicals and movies forever.
The Story of the Trapp Family Singers (1949)
It was never Maria von Trapp’s intention to write her memoir, but a friend pleaded with her to share her story with the world, so it was never forgotten. Each day the ladies met, her friend would encourage Maria to write. The persistence paid off, with Maria one day leaving the room to scribble her story onto a few pages, all with the aim of proving to her friend that she had no writing ability. However, during the writing process, Maria realised she had a natural writing talent, so agreed to complete the book. Unsurprisingly to her friend, The Story of the Trapp Family Singers was a bestseller.
The Sound of Music (1959)
The Sound of Music tells the story of Maria, who accepts a job to become a governess to a large family, whilst she decides whether to become a nun. However, during her time with the von Trapp family, she falls in love with both the children and their widowed father, Captain von Trapp. When Mr von Trapp is ordered to accept a commission in the German navy, whilst opposing the Nazis, George, Maria and the children flee to Austria for a new life.
The book was written by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, making its Broadway debut at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on 16th November 1959, before moving to the Mark Hellinger Theatre on 6th November 1962, closing its run on 15th June 1963 after 1,443 performances. The original production was directed by Vincent J. Donehue and choreographed by Joe Layton.
The Sound of Music was nominated for 9 Tony Awards, taking home five, tying with Fiorello! for Best Musical. Mary Martin, who played the original Maria, also won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical, whilst Oliver Smith won a Tony for Best Scenic Design. Also, the entire children’s cast of The Sound of Music were nominated for the Best Featured Actress Category as a single nominee, despite the fact two of the children were boys.
The musical premiered at the Palace Theatre in London’s West End on 18th May 1961, where it ran for 2,385 performances. The production was directed by Jerome Whyte, but used the New York choreography, which was supervised by Joe Layton. The musical was revived in London in 1981 at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, this time starring Petula Clark, Michael Jayston and Honor Blackman.
It wasn’t until 1998 that The Sound of Music made its Broadway revival, and the production was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. The show also enjoyed a London revival in 2006, with an Andrew Lloyd Webber production opening on 15th November 2006.
The Sound of Music has also enjoyed success on various international stages, including in Australia, Spain, Puerto Rico and Germany, to name but a few.
The Sound of Music (1965)
The film adaptation of The Sound of Music hit cinemas in 1965 and was directed and produced by Robert Wise. The role of Maria von Trapp was famously played by the talented Julie Andrews, with Christopher Plummer starring as Captain von Trapp. The screenplay was written by Ernest Lehman, adapting the musical’s book. The movie was filmed between 26th March to 1st September 1964, with the film initially hitting screens as a limited roadshow theatrical release before becoming a commercial success. With audiences flocking to see the movie, The Sound of Music was the highest-grossing film of 1965 and has been enjoyed by audiences across the world ever since. By 1966, the film became the highest grossing film of all time, surpassing Gone with the Wind, and broke box office records in 29 countries.
The film went on to earn 5 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. The Sound of Music also won two Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture and Best Actress for Julie Andrews. With audiences adoring the movie to this very day, The Sound of Music was listed as the 55th greatest American movie of all time, and the 4th greatest movie musical.