CHRIS THURMAN: How to solve a problem like casting Maria
Brittany Smith excels in the ‘The Sound of Music’, and then there is the star turn of her understudy
Producers and directors taking on The Sound of Music know that success or failure rests, largely, on the casting of Maria. Of course, you have to find a Mother Abbess who will blow everyone away with her rendition of Climb Every Mountain. You need a dashing Captain von Trapp whom we all want to see rescued from grief and repression into laughter and song. And yes, you need a precociously talented ensemble of children, a lovably roguish Herr Detweiler and more.
Above all, however, you need to solve the problem of Maria...
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