The Sound Of Music gets made-over

February 3, 2009

“How do you solve a problem like Maria?” “The hills are alive…” “Doe a dear…” It’s safe to say that we know the rest of these lyrics and more from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical The Sound Of Music, in which Julie Andrews stole our hearts as the witty not-so-nun-like Maria.

If you love dance, The Sound of Music and live in the NYC area, I recommend Doug Elkins’ “Fräulein Maria.” For those who don’t know, Doug Elkins is a highly acclaimed choreographer and dancer whose hip-hop meets contemporary meets house company, Doug Elkins Dance Company (now Doug Elkins and Friends), has toured all over the world. His full-length work “Fräulein Maria” is a deconstruction of The Sound of Music that incorporates hip-hop, breaking, voguing and house—all to the tunes of the musical.

The performance is presented by DanceNOWNYC and opens December 3 at Joe’s Pub in the Public Theater. Tickets are $25 advanced sale, $30 at the door and $12 for kids under 16. The show is not for kids under the age of 10 though, so leave your little brothers or sisters at home.