The Sound of Music “Kids” – an interview

Onstage and Backstage podcast from Hal Leonard is available on iTunes and Libsyn. Each episode authors and their guests have a chat about the topics of their books. Today, Bert Fink at Rodgers and Hammerstein sits down with Nicholas Hammond, Kym Karath, and Heather Menzies, three of the seven actors who played the von Trapp children in the film The Sound of Music. The seven “kids” have put together The Sound of Music Family Scrapbook, written by Fred Bronson, to share their photos, memories, and items of their lives and careers. Here, they talk about the book, their fellow non-Trapp brother and sisters, and more great memories that will have you reaching again for that classic film.

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The Sound of Music Family Scrapbook

It’s not an exaggeration to say that The Sound of Music is the most beloved film musical of all time. It has touched more than one generation, as over the years, many parents have shared the magic of this wonderful movie with their children. Seven very special children experienced The Sound of Music firsthand: the seven young actors cast as the von Trapp children. Now, for the first time, they tell their stories about making this celebrated film, from their auditions to rehearsals in Los Angeles to an incredible spring and summer in Salzburg, Austria. What was it like to work with Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer? How did they learn the songs and dances for the musical numbers? Who almost drowned when the boat tipped over? What was it like to attend the gala Hollywood premiere? What were their lives like after starring in this legendary movie? And how did they become a family in real life, remaining as close as any brothers and sisters for the last 45 years? The answers are revealed at last and as a bonus, they have collected their never-before-seen own home movie footage on a brand-new DVD. It is included here, along with personal cherished memorabilia, such as letters sent home to their families from Europe, a page from the script with edits written in the margin, and a ticket to the premiere. For anyone who is thrilled by the sight of Julie Andrews spinning around on top of a mountain, or who spontaneously bursts out singing “Do-Re-Mi,” this captivating behind-the-scenes inside story is a must read.

April 2012: The Sound of Music Family Scrapbook

Applause Books to Publish The Sound of Music Family Scrapbook by Fred Bronson in April 2012

Sound of Music Family Scrapbook

The captivating behind-the-scenes story of the film The Sound of Music from the perspective of the seven young actors who starred as the von Trapp children will be available for the first time in North America on April 3, 2012 when Applause Theatre & Cinema Books publishes The Sound of Music Family Scrapbook ($45.00) by television writer and author Fred Bronson. Not only does the book cover the making of the film, but also the lives (before and after the movie) of these seven adults, still referred to as “the kids,” who are all vibrant and active today. Many people look at them and think “If they can grow up successful and happy, so can I!” Now is the chance to share in the lives of the kids we all know.

Through photos, stories, and replicas of memorabilia, this thorough memory book answers the burning questions fans have been asking for years: How did the children learn the songs and dances of the musical numbers? What was it like to attend the gala Hollywood premiere? What were their lives like after starring in this legendary film? How did they become a family in real life, remaining as close as any brothers and sisters for the last 45 years?

The Sound of Music Family Scrapbook contains never-before-seen personal photos and collectables from all seven kids: Charmian Carr, Nicholas Hammond, Heather Menzies, Duane Chase, Angela Cartwright, Debbie Turner, Kym Karath. Pull-out pockets include replicas of Heather’s autograph book, a film costume sketch, Angela’s artwork, Kym’s letter to her father, the official movie poster, a letter from director Robert Wise, a DVD of the kids’ 1964 home movies, and much, much more.

“The kids” will promote the book nationwide, including television and radio, this spring.

Fred Bronson’s extensive television credits include writing the annual American Music Awards and episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation. He has appeared four times on American Idol as a musical expert and has written biographies of many Idol finalists for their record labels. He is the author of several books, including Dick Clark’s American Bandstand (with Dick Clark) and The Billboard Book of Number One Hits. Follow him on Twitter.