Sing-along ‘Sound of Music’ brings out a little do-re-mi
By Natasha Wasinski For Sun-Times Media November 28, 2013 3:18PM
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Updated: December 30, 2013 9:46AM
Chicago lacks the mountainous backdrop in “The Sound of Music,” but the hills will certainly be alive at the Music Box Theatre during its annual sing-along screening of the 1965 Oscar-winning musical.
Going to the Lake View movie house to “get in tune with their inner Rodgers and Hammerstein” has become a Thanksgiving tradition for many, as some 3,000 fans are expected over the weekend at the sing-alongs, according to Music Box general manager David Jennings.
Subtitles and a complimentary bag of props provoke audience interaction, and costumes are common. Jennings said you might see Marias with guitar cases, friends doubling as Von Trapp siblings, and “lots of lederhosen.”
The gathering, in a sense, is a family-friendly version of “Rocky Horror.” “They sing their little hearts out and very much enjoy themselves,” Jennings said.
JP Jewells, 29, of Chicago once attended a similar sing-along in Kansas City. “The popularity was incredible,” Jewells said. “I’m probably the worst singer on the planet, but when everyone else is singing, I can get away with it.”
“ ‘Sound of Music’ Sing-a-Long!” Friday through Sunday; $8-$12.50; musicboxtheatre.com. —Natasha Wasinski