7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Robinson Performance Hall. $33-$87.
The hills of Little Rock will be alive with the sounds of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical, which somehow combines the cutesy origin story of a nun-turned-stepmother-led family band with the decidedly less cute rise of Nazis in 1930s Austria. The story of Sister Maria and the Von Trapp family has been captivating audiences in various forms for over 50 years and shows no signs of stopping. Carrie Underwood starred in a 2013 live version of the musical for NBC. Ariana Grande’s 2019 hit “7 Rings” interpolates a melody from the musical’s “My Favorite Things.” The plot for the musical is beautifully absurd: a nun kicked out of her convent for being too fun becomes governess to a military officer/widower and his gaggle of children, eventually melting his icy heart and using the family’s impressive musical abilities to pull the wool over the Third Reich’s eyes and skip town. I once played the role of the eldest Von Trapp son, Friedrich, in my church’s version of this musical and my lederhosen broke on stage, a nightmarish scenario from which I have never fully recovered. This touring version, in addition to showstoppers like “Do Re Mi,” “Climb Every Mountain” and “Edelweiss,” is likely to have sturdier lederhosen. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., May 24-25 and 2 p.m. Sat.-Sun., May 25-26; get tickets at celebrityattractions.com.