Diane Sawyer with Julie Andrew (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images)
“The Untold Story of ‘The Sound of Music’”
Wednesday, March 18 at 10 p.m., ET on ABC
When the film premiered, the United States was facing the Vietnam War and the bloodshed in Selma. Audiences of all ages turned to “The Sound of Music” as an affirmation of hope and possibility. Sawyer explores this context and its impact that still resonates today across the cultural spectrum, as recently as, Lady Gaga and Andrews at the 2015 Oscars.
In the special, Sawyer and Andrews re-create the magic. Andrews opens up about her real life and her fictional one as Maria. ABC travels to landmarks including the meadow, fountain, gazebo, Mirabell Gardens and St. Michael’s Church, among others. Andrews talks about her favorite and least favorite songs, and Sawyer combs through photographs and video from the set and of the real von Trapps, and meets some of the many tourists who trek annually to the town of Salzburg.
For the first time, Andrews ventures to a part of Austria she’s never been -- the house where the real Maria von Trapp lived -- and goes with Sawyer to the train station the family used to make their escape. Mother Abbess of the Nonnberg Abbey emerges from those sacred walls to tell Sawyer what she really thinks about the film. And Christopher Plummer, who played Captain von Trapp, shares his insight on the movie and his special bond with Andrews.