The Sound of Music FAQ

The Sound of Music FAQ

All That’s Left to Know about Maria, the von Trapps, and Our Favorite Things

 by Barry Monush

On the 50th anniversary of its cinematic release, an in-depth look at The Sound of Music and its surrounding universe.


It was the most popular motion picture of its time and the most widely attended musical ever, but what was it that made it so?

The Sound of Music FAQ: All That’s Left to Know about Maria, the von Trapps, and Our Favorite Things (March 2014, Applause Books, $27.99) is a comprehensive, encyclopedia-like reference to the world’s most popular movie musical. Rather than focusing on the often-told stories of this classic movie, author Barry Monush looks at the 1965 Oscar winner in relation to its source, including the true von Trapp family story and the Broadway musical from which it was derived.

The Sound of Music FAQ explores such facts and trivia as the movie’s phenomenal original run in cinemas, during which it dominated the box office for a staggering amount of time and became the highest grossing movie of the 1960s and of all time; its long and varied life on home video and primetime television; the bestselling soundtrack and many other related recordings; information behind the stunning Austrian locations; the critical feedback; the many stage revivals; and the continuing references, homages, reunions, and tributes related to it over the many decades since its release.

As Monush writes in his introduction, “Every time I see the film I find myself engaged and engrossed, thrilled that such a motion picture was not only made, but that it took the world by storm, giving me the sort of faith that happens all too seldom these days.”

In more detail than ever before, The Sound of Music FAQ tells us why The Sound of Music, on stage or on film, continues to be one of our favorite things.

March 10, 2015
Paperback Original
6″ x 9″
492 pages
Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, an imprint of Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group


Barry Monush joined the staff of Screen World in 1988, eventually becoming the editor of this annual publication. A lifelong film enthusiast, he is also the author of The Encyclopedia of Hollywood Film Actors, Everybody’s Talkin’: The Top Films of 1965-1969, and Music on Film: West Side Story. He updated Stanley Green’s Hollywood Musicals Year by Year and collaborated with James Sheridan on Lucille Ball FAQ. Monush is a researcher at the Paley Center for Media in New York City. He lives in Metuchen, NJ.




Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group, the trade book division of Hal Leonard Corporations, publishes books on the performing arts under the imprints Hal Leonard Books, Backbeat Books, Amadeus Press, and Applause Theatre and Cinema Books.

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