“An Ordinary Couple” is the one song from the original stage production of The Sound of Music that most people want to forget, and is often replaced by “Something Good” from the film.
I confess I’m not big on the number myself, but I enjoy this rendition. I think it’s because June Bronhill and Peter Graves (the other one) don’t treat the duet like a dirge; they pick up the tempo just a bit and treat the song more conversationally. It clocks in over 40 seconds shorter than the rendition on the original cast album.
On the whole, I enjoy the Australian cast album, particularly for Bronhill’s resplendent singing.
This is actually one of my favorite songs, although I tend to like it out of context (which different arrangements) better than in context. Mandy Patinkin’s rendition is my favorite.
I briefly ran a blog called “Camp vs. Kitsch” that offered two related examples (for example, the kitsch of a YouTube video of children performing songs that are totally inappropriate for them versus the camp of Kevin Smith building a set piece out of an elementary school’s production of Sweeney Todd) and asked readers to vote on which one they preferred.
Were I still running that blog, I’d be scurrying to find the camp counterpart to this album.
I know The Sound of Music belongs to the world, but my inner (who am I kidding? outer) theatre queen shrieks with delight when a publication that doesn’t cater to us (er, me) makes an elaborate musical theatre reference.
Counting the Omer with Showtunes: Day Eight - “Do-Re-Mi” from The Sound of Music, as performed by the Brooklyn Rundfunk Orkestrata on their incredible album The Hills Are Alive. (Each track reimagines a different song from The Sound of Music in a different genre, from heavy metal to Motown to Lautari.)