WHO: Captain Von Trapp
FROM: The Sound of Music
By: Rodgers and Hammerstein
WHEN: Broadway debut — 1959, Movie — 1965
PROS: Honorable, Strong, Patriotic, the Captain can sing and looks great in a uniform. Under his rock hard outer shell he’s really a loving, kind man. (and he’s rich and handsome which a hero of a musical ought to be be if possible.)
CONS: He’s an emotionally detached, elitist snob with awkward social skills.
BEST SHINING MOMENT: Singing Edelweiss at the Salzburg Music Festival.
LEAST SHINING MOMENT: Whistling for his children as if they were part of a Pavolovian experiment.
WHY I CHOOSE THE CAPTAIN: Lets face it, Captain Von Trapp is the the Mr. Darcy of the Musical world. He starts off aloof and disagreeable –the antithesis to our plucky warm, loveable Maria/Lizzie. He is so wrapped up in the constraints of upper crust Austrian / Regency Society that he is practically mummified. He is as surprised as any one else when a scrappy, country flower of a girl helps him unwind and find his voice again.