Sound of Music Sing-a-Long At The Hollywood Bowl
On Saturday night, WAMG had the absolute thrill and pleasure of attending our first Sound of Music Sing-a-long at the Hollywood Bowl. Hosted by actress/comedian Melissa Peterman (Reba, Young Sheldon), this event has been going on at the Hollywood Bowl for over 14 years. And it’s worth mentioning, Sound of Music sing-a-long events take place in countries all over the world, and the Hollywood Bowl proudly boasts the largest attendance on record with over 15,000 people joining the festivities!
Fans of the classic, iconic, Academy Award-winning film, starring Julie Andrews turned out in droves with costumes to match. Among them we saw complete sets of Von Trapp children, hundreds (really!) of nuns, and of course, Lederhosen as far as the eye could see.
The evening started with a pre-show that included host Peterman in her “curtain-fabric” ball gown and a costume contest to reward the most clever and creative of costumes (the winner was a hilarious kid in a deer suit wearing a bikini top – as in, “doe a deer, a female deer…”) It was a great way to kick off the night.
Also in attendance for the pre-show were some of the film’s Von Trapp children; Angela Cartwright (Brigitta), Debbie Turner (Marta) and Kym Karath (Gretl) joined Peterman on stage to welcome and thank the fans for coming out and making the night so special, even after all these years. And the fans didn’t disappoint, giving the three of them a standing ovation.
One of the most memorable moments of the night, and definitely throat-lump inducing, was when the audience of over 15,000 people all turned on their phone lights and lit up the entire Hollywood Bowl during “Edelweiss” – it was a pretty awesome sight.
And this yearly tradition has no signs of slowing down – if you missed it this year, mark your calendars for next year – you won’t want to miss it!
Five out of five stars!