When it comes to Broadway musicals and movie songs, it’s hard to beat The Sound of Music for a real good time. The Rodgers and Hammerstein collaboration brings people together from all over the world. Did you know, though, that there were songs that did not make the original soundtrack?
Thanks to some modern technology, these have been restored and put on a new album. When it comes out on Dec. 1, fans will be able to hear the original album cuts remastered. This album also includes 11 never-before-released songs that were in the movie. All of this will be in a deluxe box set.
“You will hear what you’ve heard before – famous songs with the mellifluous tones of Dame Julie Andrews leading the way,” Mike Matessino, who was director Robert Wise’s associate, said according to Rewind Magazine. “But the experience has been transformed beyond what the 1965 soundtrack album out.”
It sounds like a dream come true for fans, and the set includes new liner notes from Mike Matessino. He remastered the soundtrack from the original tapes and wrote about the experience.
“You will hear what you’ve heard before — famous songs with the mellifluous tones of Dame Julie Andrews leading the way,” Matessino explained in a fan essay, per People. “But the experience has been transformed beyond what the 1965 soundtrack album offered with extensions to the songs, a brilliantly arranged underscore, and even some segments not used in the completed version of the film.”
Julie Andrews Famously Plays Maria In ‘The Sound of Music’
The Sound of Music follows the story of the Von Trapp Family singers in Austria. Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer are just amazing in this film version of the Broadway play. And, the great songs that people have heard and sung for many decades will be in this box set. Richard Rodgers composed the music, while Oscar Hammerstein II provided the lyrics.
In her book Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years, Andrews offered up a candid assessment about the play. “I’m ashamed to admit that at the time we weren’t wildly impressed,” she says in the book. “We loved the music, but the show seemed rather saccharine to us — so much so that Carol Burnett and I did a spoof of it called ‘The Pratt Family Singers’ in our 1962 television special.”
Andrews admits that she was concerned about playing a nanny again. After all, she did that in the movie The Americanization of Emily starring James Garner.
“It would be my second nanny role, almost on the heels of the first,” she said. Thankfully, her Hollywood agent was persistent.
“Arthur (Park) very much encouraged me to accept the job,” she remembers. “And I’ll be forever grateful for the nudge over the fence that he and Bob (Wise) gave this nervous and insecure young woman.”
Meanwhile, Andrews’ hair seemed to be a bit darker from the back. So, they decided to give her more highlights. “Unfortunately, there was a mistake in the coloring process, and I ended up with a bright orange mop,” Andrews writes. “My hair had to be cut even shorter, and what was left of it was dyed pure blonde.”
What was the upside for Andrews? “As luck would have it, this gave me a more Austrian look.”
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