The Brooklyn Rundfunk Orkestrata, with the blessing of the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization, has been hard at work on a debut album and show called The Hills Are Alive — which reimagines the classic tunes from The Sound of Music through the filter of prog rock, jazz, hip-hop, gospel, bluegrass, and other musical idioms.
In my opinion, to incredible effect:
Go to their write-up in the New York Times to hear more. Their version of “My Favorite Things” is what completely won me over; it’s a jolt to the system — Julie Andrews channeled through Ted Leo and the Scissor Sisters. And their conflation of “Do-Re-Mi” with the Jackson 5’s “ABC” is, paradoxically, both unexpected and (in hindsight) completely obvious — and a joyous blast. (Other favorites: the neo-soul “Something Good,” and “The Lonely Goatherd” — the rock masterpiece that Robert Plant never sang.)
The Hills Are Alive officially comes out on March 8. I hope the BRO considers taking the show to the parks and other family-friendly venues, not just the 21-and-over clubs; kids and their parents are going to go crazy for this.
Update: Here’s the video for the excellent “Something Good”: