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YMMV: The Sound of Music
  • Accidental Innuendo: The Lonely Goatherd. Especially the line "lusty and clear from the goatherd's throat heard".
  • Adaptation Displacement: The movie is much more well-known than the musical.
    • The songs written exclusively for the movie, "Something Good" and "I Have Confidence", have snuck their way into subsequent stage productions.
      • Also, some stage adaptations have "My Favourite Things" as the song Maria sings to the von Trapp children during the thunderstorm just like the movie, instead of "The Lonely Goatherd".
  • Americans Hate Tingle: "The Sound of Music" isn't particularly well known by Austrians.
    • It's quite well known in Salzburg because, well, Money, Dear Boy. Sound of Music Tours are quite popular.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Is Georg left heart-broken and harsh after the death of his first wife, only to be awoken by the beautiful music of his children, or was it because he realized how good a good nanny is for them after firing so many? Or does he warm up as he begins to fall in love with Maria?
    • Rolfe - oblivious and naive enough to be seduced by the Nazi regime or two-faced bastard?
      • More likely to be oblivious and naive - consider the average German civilian's reaction to the existence of Auschwitz etc after WWII had finished. This is detailed in documentaries such as The World At War etc.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: In the movie, "The Lonely Goatherd" was demoted to a one-off puppet show scene after "My Favourite Things" became the song of choice for the thunderstorm scene.note 
  • Designated Villain: The Baroness. In the musical, the only thing she did wrong was be rich, unliked by the children (and even then, only in comparison to Maria), and choosing not to cause any trouble with Germany to save their heads. She was made a little cattier in the movie, but really at worst she was just preventing Maria from moving in on her fiance.
    • And then there's the live Carrie Underwood show, where, thanks to a virtuoso performance by Laura Benanti, many viewers were rooting for her over Maria!
  • Ear Worm: Several songs from the movie have made their way into pop culture, including "My Favourite Things", "Do-Re-Mi" and "Edelweiss".
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: The nuns, of course! They dismantled a car to save an Austrian family from the Nazis!
  • Epic Fail: Not directly related to the show or the filming, but a theater owner in Korean infamously was able to show the film more times a day... by cutting all of the songs out.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Several years before being cast in The Sound of Music, Julie Andrews appeared on a Carol Burnett special where they performed in a parody of the Broadway show.
    • Captain Von Trapp asking her if she was this much trouble in the abbey, to which Maria responds "oh much more sir". The real Maria always joked that the film toned her behaviour in the abbey down - claiming she was much worse.
    • Liesl asking if she could taste her first champagne at the party, only for her father to say no and send her to bed. Charmian Carr who played Liesl later said that Christopher Plummer taught her how to drink in real life.
    • The Baroness says to Captain von Trapp that his cook's good Wiener Schnitzels are making her put on weight. In Real Life Cristopher Plummer put on several pounds during filming in Austria, so his costumes had to be made bigger.
  • Magnum Opus: For Rodgers and Hammerstein, definitely
  • Moral Event Horizon: This happens when Liesl's boyfriend Rolfe joins the Third Reich. He threatens to shoot the von Trapps when he catches them trying to escape, but the Captain confiscates the gun and then says:
    Captain von Trapp: You'll never be one of them.
    (beat)
    Rolfe: (yelling out) LIEUTENANT! LIEUTENANT, THEY'RE HERE! THEY'RE HERE, LIEUTENANT! (blows whistle)
  • Older Than They Think: In the 2013 live-TV version, the actress playing the Baroness wears some hippie-like bell bottoms for one scene. Despite seeming like a glaring anachronism, it is plausible: bell-bottomed trousers were fashionable for upper-class women in the 1920s and '30s. (They probably weren't "fire-engine red", though.)
  • Newer Than They Think: "Edelweiss" was written for the musical: it is neither an Austrian folk song nor the Austrian national anthem (as President Reagan believed).
  • One-Scene Wonder: The Brawn Hilda who wins third place at the concert, and won't get off the stage.
  • One True Pairing: The Captain and Maria. Go on, try to find something that pairs them with anyone but each other.
  • Values Dissonance: "Sixteen Going On Seventeen" is full of this now that feminism is such a thing.

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