|Kerstin Anderson. Photo by Matthew Murphy.|
|Ashley Brown. Photo by Matthew Murphy.|
Ben Davis plays the role of Captain von Trapp less stiffly than previous interpreters. His is an effective interpretation as it makes for an unusually human Georg without denaturing his pain or the cold rigidity of his behavior. He smoothly and seamlessly integrates his lyrics with his dialogue. The lovely "Edelweiss" (the last lyric written by Oscar Hammerstein) caps his outstanding musical performance.
|Ben Davis as Capt. von Trapp. Photo by Matthew Murphy.|
"People are so familiar with the show that I think they're perfectly happy to let it go by without asking any questions. There's a passivity to how we experience The Sound of Music. I want to take the text and question it. Without violating anyone's expectations and without rewriting anything, there's a lot of unexplored territory here."I look forward to bringing you my review after next week's opening night and all the best of wishes to the cast! If you would like to join The Joyous Living in seeing The Sound of Music, get your tickets fast!
Tickets (prices start at $25): www.CenterTheatreGroup.org (213) 972-4400
Location: The Music Center, 135 N. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, 90012
Parking: $9 (Grand Avenue entrance)