After six weeks, free-to-view YouTube Channel The Shows Must Go On has concluded its series of Andrew Lloyd Webber stage musicals on the small screen. However, the lockdown line-up will continue this week with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music.
For 48 hours only in the UK from 7pm this Friday 22 May 2020, fans can watch the show for free – essential weekend viewing.
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical, based on Maria von Trapp’s memoir about the family of singers during the Nazi occupation of Austria, premiered on Broadway in 1959 and was immortalised in the 1965 film starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer.
This live American television special, which first aired in 2013, starred Carrie Underwood as novice nun-turned-nanny Maria and Stephen Moyer as Captain von Trapp in a cast that also featured Audra McDonald, Laura Benanti and Christan Borle.
The Sound of Music‘s many well-known songs include “My Favorite Things”, “Climb Ev’ry Mountain”, “Edelweiss”, “Do-Re-Mi”, “Sixteen Going on Seventeen”, “So Long, Farewell” and the title song.
The Shows Must Go On YouTube channel provides musical theatre lovers with a West End and Broadway experience in their own homes, online for free during the coronavirus crisis while theatres around the world are dark. Alongside the full-length shows, clips of famous performances and behind-the-scenes footage are uploaded regularly to the channel.
The first six screenings have showcased the work of Andrew Lloyd Webber: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (starring Donny Osmond), Jesus Christ Superstar, The Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies, Lloyd Webber’s 50th birthday concert at the Royal Albert Hall, By Jeeves and Cats (starring Elaine Paige).