ABC will air the beloved musical The Sound of Music tonight at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT, and you can watch the movie streaming live online through ABC Live. Based on the real-life story of the Von Trapp family, the Sound of Music began as a book, was turned into a musical, and several movies were developed from the story. None of the adaptations have been as successful as the Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer led movie that won five Oscars. The Sound of Music was released in 1965 and has a current 8.0 IMDB rating. The movie has proved to be timeless and is as beloved today as it was when it first graced the silver screen. The Sound of Music tells the story of love, overcoming heartbreak and grief, and overcoming challenges in order to do the right thing and live by faith. Learn more about the Sound of Music at TCM. Those who can’t watch the ABC live stream and still want to watch the movie online will find it available on YouTube. You can listen to the Sound of Music soundtrack streaming in the video player above.
Update! ABC has put the full movie The Sound of Music on demand. You may watch it streaming online directly from ABC.
For many, watching the Sound of Music at Christmas time is a holiday tradition. ABC routinely airs the movie before Christmas, but some, even though they appreciate the tradition, don’t necessarily understand it. There are several online threads where viewers have ongoing discussions as to why the Sound of Music is considered a Christmas movie, such as this Yahoo Questions thread. The film was released in March 1965, and there are no Christmas trees or carols heard. The movie centers around a wayward nun, Maria, who left the convent to work as a governess for the Von Trapp family. Other than the Catholic presence, Mother Superior and convent, there is little in the film depicting religion or Christmas. The movie is family oriented and contains a wonderful, heartfelt message and that might be why it is associated with Christmas. Maybe ABC simply chose to play it during Christmas because they like the movie. No one knows the exact reason, but there is no doubt that a tradition has been established. ABC shared the hashtag #MyBestHolidayMemory and asked the Sound of Music viewers to share their favorite holiday memories associated with the movie.
The Sound of Music cast is as follows:
- Julie Andrews as Maria
- Christopher Plummer as Captain von Trapp
- Eleanor Parker as the Baroness, Elsa von Schraeder
- Richard Haydn as Max Detweiler
- Peggy Wood as the Mother Abbess
- Charmian Carr as Liesl von Trapp, the family’s oldest child
- Nicholas Hammond as Friedrich von Trapp, the family’s second child
- Heather Menzies as Louisa von Trapp, the family’s third child
- Duane Chase as Kurt von Trapp, the family’s fourth child
- Angela Cartwright as Brigitta von Trapp, the family’s fifth child
- Debbie Turner as Marta von Trapp, the family’s sixth child
- Kym Karath as Gretl von Trapp, the family’s seventh child
- Anna Lee as Sister Margaretta
- Portia Nelson as Sister Berthe
- Ben Wright as Herr Zeller
- Daniel Truhitte as Rolfe, a telegram delivery boy
- Norma Varden as Frau Schmidt
- Gil Stuart as the butler Franz
- Marni Nixon as Sister Sophia
- Evadne Baker as Sister Bernice
- Doris Lloyd as Baroness Ebberfeld
In 2015, the Sound of Music cast celebrated their 50th anniversary. You may see a video below with interviews featuring the original cast members from the Sound of Music movie.
Julie Andrews appeared in an interview with Live with Kelly and Michael.
Christopher Plummer also granted an interview to the Today Show.
Happy birthday to Christopher Plummer, seen here w/ Julie Andrews and director Robert Wise filming 'The Sound of Music' (1965): pic.twitter.com/7UkwGJ45L5— James Hancock (@colebrax) December 13, 2016
Julie Andrews and the children working on the “Do-Re-Mi” scene for “The Sound of Music” at the Mirabell Palace and Gardens,Salzburg, Austria pic.twitter.com/UG7Ldm1SE2— JACB (@Hispalense1981) November 7, 2016
In 1948, Maria von Trapp wrote the book The Story of the Von Trapp Family Singers. You may watch a Biography documentary about the real Von Trapp family in the video player below. After Maria von Trapp’s book gained success in Germany, a movie was made. The year was 1956, and the movie title is translated The Trapp Family. You may watch that German film below. In 1959, Rodgers and Hammerstein developed the musical The Sound of Music, starring Mary Martin and Theodore Bikel. You can learn more about the Tony-winning musical The Sound of Music at the Masterworks Broadway podcast where they discussed the musical for its 50th anniversary. You can learn more about the real, Von Trapp family at their official site. You can also find the real Von Trapp family on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Follow The Sound of Music on Facebook, Twitter and at the official 20th Century Fox and 20th Century AU site. As The Sound of Music was originally a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, you can learn more about the musical at the official Rodgers and Hammerstein site.
If you can’t watch the Sound of Music streaming live online at the ABC video site, there are some more things you can try. If you have a cable or satellite television subscription, check with your provider’s website or apps. Your provider most likely has apps where you can watch live streaming television. The apps should be available for Apple and Android devices as well as web-based platforms.
Are you going to watch the Sound of Music tonight? Will you watch on television, live through the ABC streaming site or through an app?
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