The Sound of Music
1. Music and musical directors - The Sound of Music film and its musical compositions are iconic and thus a necessity to watch for all those who have not been touched by this uplifting musical. The music is originally by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and the numbers are sung by Julie Andrews and the rest of The Sound of Music cast. Instrumental underscore passages were adapted by Irwin Kostal. "Edelweiss", thought by some to be a traditional Austrian song or even the Austrian national anthem was written expressly for the musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein. Originally unknown in Austria, it has been promoted heavily there ever since, especially in Salzburg. The songs "How Can Love Survive?", "An Ordinary Couple", and "No Way to Stop It" were not used in the film version. The omission of those songs had to be approved through Richard Rodgers. There were four extra children singing with the ones onscreen to add more effect to their voices, including Darleen Carr, Charmian Carr's younger sister. However, these were uncredited. Darleen Carr sang Kurt's high voice, during the reprise and "sad" versions of the title song, as well as the high "Bye" in the song "So Long, Farewell", and later for Gretl in its reprise towards the end of the film. 2. Make-up, coiffeur, and costumes – In the make-up department, there is Margaret Donovan and Ray Forman as the hairstylists; Ben Nye and Willard Buel as the make-up artists. The costumes were designed by Dorothy Jeakins. The make-up department and the costume designer really changed the cast to their characters. 3. Acting and the stars - Director Robert Wise and his casting consultants were widely recognized as having done a superb job in assembling a cast that included so many unknown, but very talented names. After an extensive search and more than two hundred auditions, the children were chosen, not just for their acting and singing skills, but also...
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