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Mike McLean (center) portrays Captain Georg von Trapp in “The Sound of Music.” The current touring production is the original Broadway version, which debuted in 1959 and differs slightly from the Julie Andrews film. “[It’s] a story everybody knows, and they’ve seen the movie 100,000 times,” McLean says. “If you come see our show, you’re going to see something new in the show. It is slightly different. But don’t worry, we still escape the Nazis.”

Picture, if you will, Rodgers and Hammerstein's beloved "The Sound of Music" -- film or stage version. What are some of the first things that come to mind? Likely images and musical moments centered around Maria -- Julie Andrews twirling on the mountaintop before sweeping Austrian vistas, the list of Maria's favorite things, the nuns airily wondering how to solve a problem like their youngest member -- the seven von Trapp children, or the political and cultural unease of the Nazis' impending rise to power.

FAQ

‘The Sound of Music’

WHEN — 7 p.m. May 15-16; 1:30 & 7 p.m. May 17; 8 p.m. May 18; 2 & 8 p.m. May 19; 2 p.m. May 20

WHERE — Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville

COST — $36-$85

INFO — 443-5600, waltonartscenter.org

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