Taking you from Maria's birth in Vienna to the triumphal West End stage show in 2007, featuring Connie Fisher, this is a tale that has evolved over a hundred years. The book details every step in the development of this masterwork, from real-life to page to stage to film to international phenomenon. It profiles every creative artist who helped shape the musical version of the Von Trapp Family story - from Rodgers and Hammerstein and Mary Martin to Robert Wise, Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, and most recently Andrew Lloyd Webber. Folded into the tale are guest appearances by Petula Clark, Carol Burnett, John Coltrane and Noel Coward. The Collection features a CD of the original Julie Andrews soundtrack and a book containing: more than 170 pictures, many never seen before; complete lyrics to a dozen songs; rare manuscript pages from the pens of R&H; a map of Salzburg and the film's locations; unseen storyboards from the film; updates on the Sing-A-Long phenomenon.