I saw the Salzburg Marionettes’ new production of the Sound of Music this evening at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It was wonderful! The music and story-line are so familiar, but seeing a live marionette production (which I have never seen live before!) with the singing and the music makes me think of entertainment and engagement in a new way.
I see and hear Julie Andrews, but she was not there. Instead, my mind interpreted what I saw and heard and processed it through my experiences. This makes me think of the simulacrum, where there is a copy of the real item that in itself becomes the real item itself.
Whatever the case, I think this is well-worth seeing.