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Scene from the 2015 live U.K. broadcast version of "The Sound of Music."
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Scene from the 2015 live U.K. broadcast version of "The Sound of Music."

Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV / On Demand

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Enjoy the U.K. production of the long-running musical about the von Trapp Family Singers

Beloved by generations of audiences worldwide, “The Sound of Music” tells the inspiring true story of the von Trapp Family Singers and their escape from Austria during the rise of Nazism.


Rodgers and Hammerstein’s 1959 hit stage musical garnered five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and the blockbuster 1965 movie adaptation won five Oscars, including Best Picture.

GREAT PERFORMANCES presents the 2015 live U.K. broadcast version starring Kara Tointon as Maria, Julian Ovenden as Captain von Trapp, Katherine Kelley as Baroness Schraeder, Alexander Armstrong as Max, and Maria Friedman as the Mother Abbess.

Cinematically photographed on adjoining sound stages, the production offers a more naturalistic interpretation of this great classic of the American musical theater.

Among the many classic songs featured in the score are “The Sound of Music,” “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Every Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and more.

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Music and lyrics by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Howard Lindsay and Russell Crouse. Live director is Richard Valentine and directed for the screen by Coky Giedroyc. Executive producers are Lee Connolly, Fiona Clark and Andre Ptaszynski. GREAT PERFORMANCES is produced by THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET, one of America’s most prolific and respected public media providers. Bill O’Donnell is series producer and David Horn is executive producer.