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BWW JR: The Sound of Music

Years ago, when I was still much older than sixteen going on seventeen but not quite old enough to play the Baroness, I was Leisl in two wonderful, regional productions of THE SOUND OF MUSIC. The show has long been one of my favorites and for many, the perfect example of the perfect musical. (Broadway nerds, discuss). If you are interested in introducing your child to classic American musical theatre done the way it should be, you have one week left to check out THE SOUND OF MUSIC at Westchester Broadway Theatre. We did, and found it to be worth the drive out of the city.

Westchester Broadway is a dinner theatre. It's a strange feeling to be eating a dinner roll while watching the Von Trapp family sing, but it's also a cool and unique way to see a show and worth trying with your child. Plus, if you're a Soap Dish buff, you can say things like, "Five minutes, Mr. Loman!" and have it really resonate.

One of the coolest parts of this show has been and continues to be the kids, and the night we went we were thoroughly entertained by the Von Trapp troop of six (Liesl is always played by a young adult). The children, except Liesl, are double cast, so you can't be sure who you'll see when you go.

This production was cool enough for my nine year old to stay awake until almost eleven PM....there's a loooooong intermission to allow time to eat dessert. There was fresh humor that I hadn't before discovered (after the Captain denies Leisl a taste of her "first champagne", Max gives her a little wink and some non-verbal assurance that he's got her covered) and a chorus of (I believe) only six nuns doing the work of twenty without breaking a sweat.

GET TO THE POINT, MOM!

  • -Westchester Broadway's THE SOUND OF MUSIC in Elmsford, NY plays now through August 11th.
  • -Dinner is served before the show and dessert at intermission .
  • -Best for kids ages six and up, but maybe a bit long for those without a super-long attention span.
  • -For more info or to purchase tickets, visit the theatre's website.
  • -If you didn't get the Soap Dish reference, you can stream the movie from Netflix. You're welcome.


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From This Author Erin Leigh Peck

Erin Leigh Peck is a New York based actor, writer and mother. She has performed on and off Broadway, in regional theatre and on tour, (read more...)