The Sound of Music is one of the most popular movies of all time. Starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, the film was released on March 2, 1965 in the United States. While it received mixed reviews from critics, it was a box office success and went on to receive 10 Academy Award nominations, and brought home five. It’s been almost 53 years since the film was first released and there’s still a ton that most people don’t know about it. Check out these 10 things you didn’t know about The Sound of Music:
In 1956, Paramount bought the rights to the Von Trapp Singers story and were intending to make an English language version with Audrey Hepburn as Maria. When Hepburn declined, Paramount dropped its plans for a film and instead turned it into a musical, which opened on November 16, 1959, at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in New York City and ran on Broadway for 1,443 performances. The musical won six prestigious Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
Julia Andrews was screenwriter Ernest Lehman’s first and only choice to play Maria, but when Robert Wise joined the project as the director, his first two choices to play Maria were Grace Kelly and Shirley Jones. Wise changed his mind, however, when he saw footage of Andrews in Mary Poppins (which hadn’t been released yet). Andrews had some reservations about the “sweetness” in the theatrical version, but Lehman and Wise shared her concerns and were looking to avoid that. She then signed a contract with Fox to star in the film for $ 225,000, which in 2016 would be equivalent to $ 1,740,000.
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