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14 Things “Sound Of Music” Film Fans Need To Know Before Watching The New Production

Because your favourite things in the Sound of Music might not be exactly how you remember them.

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The Sound of Music is undoubtedly one of the most beloved films of all time. But fans sometimes forget that the Academy Award winning film was adapted from a Broadway musical starring Mary Martin. So when you go watch Andrew Lloyd Webber's stage revival of the play, now touring in Australia until August 2016, you may notice some things that are different from the classic film.

1. There are lyrics before the hills come alive.

What film lovers are used to hearing as an overture accompanied by an aerial view of Salzburg's incredible scenery is actually partly sung by Maria in both the 1959 and new stage productions - just right before she breaks into the show's most well-known line, "The hills are alive with the sound of music".

The lyrics goes:

My day in the hills
Has come to an end, I know.
A star has come out
To tell me it's time to go.
But deep in the dark green shadows,
There are voices that urge me to stay.
So I pause and I wait and I listen
For one more sound
For one more lovely thing
That the hills might say.

2. Don't expect Maria to break into song spinning.

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It took Julie Andrews a few too many takes to perfect her famous introduction in the film. With only one chance to get the scene right on stage, thankfully, Maria won't be seen spinning her way through the hills.

3. But you can count on seeing I Have Confidence, albeit a shortened version.

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Maria skipping and singing across Salzburg after leaving the Abbey the first time was an addition in the film and wasn't actually in the original Broadway production. Film fans still have a chance to reminisce this scene, except it's only the shortened version.

4. Maria introduces herself as Maria Rainer.

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Maria's maiden name was never actually mentioned in the film. She was simply Fraulein Maria, the postulant from Nonnberg Abbey. In both original and current productions, she introduces herself to Captain Von Trapp as Maria Rainer.

It's worth noting that the maiden name of the real-life Maria Von Trapp is Maria Kutschera.

5. It won't be My Favorite Things that calms the children during the storm.

As iconic as My Favorite Things was in the film for establishing Maria's relationship with the children (and inspiring her to use the old drapes for play clothes), the current stage production stayed true to its original, where the scene unfolds between Mother Abbess and Maria, right before Maria is sent off to the Von Trapp household.

6. The Lonely Goatherd is just not how you remember it.

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Instead of singing My Favorite Things with the children during the storm, the current production shows Maria teaching them The Lonely Goatherd, just as it was in the original Broadway production. Sadly, the marionettes won't be making an appearance on stage.

7. The Von Trapp children won't be seen in the streets of Salzburg wearing curtains as play clothes.

The Do-Re-Mi sequence was probably what sold Salzburg as a tourist destination to the rest of the world. The city receives 300,000 visitors every year, prancing through the Mirabel Gardens and singing to the top of their lungs. In the stage production, however, Maria gets right into teaching the children about music as soon as she arrives in the Von Trapp villa.

8. There are two songs that you may have never heard of.

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How Can Love Survive? and No Way To Stop It were two of the songs that were dropped from the film's repertoire but revived in the current production. The songs give a bit more spotlight on Baroness Elsa Shraeder and Uncle Max Detweiler.

One song that doesn't make a comeback on stage is An Ordinary Couple, sung by the captain and Maria before they get married.

9. Something Good is the preferred engagement song.

Instead of reviving An Ordinary Couple from the original Broadway production, the current repertoire gives way to Something Good for Maria and Captain Von Trapp's engagement. The gazebo doesn't make an appearance, however.

10. The costumes are Austrian...sort of.

It was Christopher Plummer, Captain Von Trapp himself, who commented about the lack of regard for traditional Austrian outfits in the film. He then explained in an interview that the costumes were made to appeal to a universal audience. The new production has hints of the Austrian tradition, just like in the original stage show.

11. You'll only hear the captain sing Edelweiss once.

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We're treated by Captain Von Trapp's heart-wrenching rendition of Edelweiss twice in the film - first, in the family's living room after being coerced by the children, and second, during the Salzburg Festival. In both stage productions, the captain sings his aria just once, during the festival.

You'll catch one of the children making mention of the living room scene, however, but they don't actually show it.

12. Here's the real reason Baroness Shraeder broke off her engagement with the captain.

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The film made it seem like Baroness Shraeder left Captain Von Trapp because the captain was clearly in love with "a lady who I think will never be a nun."

The stage productions shone light on the historical events unfolding during that time. Their engagement fell through because the baroness wanted the captain to work along with the Nazis, while the captain felt that was against everything he stood for.

13. The intermission break, well, it makes more sense.

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The film breaks Act I and Act II after the villa party, showing Maria leaving the Von Trapp household.

In the original and current stage productions, Act I wraps up with Climb Every Mountain, which ushers Maria's return to the Von Trapps. By doing so, both acts end with the same song and symbolize an entry into a new life.

14. And big, bad Rolf doesn't actually rat out on the family.

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In the film, Hitler youth Rolf betrays the family after the captain taunts him with "you'll never be one of them." The family still make their escape, which is all that's important anyway.

But it's surely worth noting that in the stage productions, Rolf finds the family hiding in the garden, but he actually helps them escape.

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