Still One of Our Favorite Things, The Sound of Music Cast Returns for a 25th-Anniversary Von Trapp Reunion

updated 09/10/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/10/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

The lederhosen were gone, and so were the baby faces. But when the cast of The Sound of Music came together for the film's 25th-anniversary celebration and "re-premiere" in Los Angeles on Aug. 23, the Hollywood Hills were alive with nostalgia. "I've been praying they would bring The Sound of Music back," said Heather Menzies, now 40, who played Louisa in the film. "I really wanted my children to see it on the big screen."

With its infectious Rodgers and Hammerstein score, The Sound of Music stayed in theatrical release for 4½ years, won five Academy Awards and became one of the most popular musical films of all time. Now spiffed up with newly restored 70-mm prints, it is being shown at theaters in New York City and Los Angeles. "It's just a joyous film," proclaimed Julie Andrews, 54, who earned a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Maria. "It's about love and family."

But while the 1,000 fans at the L.A. screening applauded every song in the movie and nibbled gleefully on the Austrian buffet outside the Century Plaza Cinema, the most popular attraction was the all-grown-up Von Trapps.

Charmian Carr, 47, who played Liesl in the film, is married to an Encino, Calif., dentist and does interior design for such clients as Michael Jackson. "He loves The Sound of Music," she says. "I got the job because he loved Liesl." Menzies is now married to actor Robert Urich and has two children. Duane Chase (Kurt), 39, tests software for oil and mining companies. Angela Cartwright (Brigitta), 37, a TV star before Music, went on to star in CBS's Lost in Space for three years (1965-68) and now runs a gift shop in Toluca Lake, Calif. Debbie Turner (Marta), 33, married a Chanhassen, Minn., airline mechanic, has three children and works as a part-time model. Kym Karath (Gretl), 32, most recently played a small role on the soap All My Children.

Although Christopher Plummer (Captain Von Trapp) was absent from the reunion—he was representing the film at the Montreal World Film Festival—and Nicholas Hammond (Friedrich) got tied up performing in a play in England, there was no lack of reminiscing. "I haven't seen Julie Andrews in 15 years," said Chase. "We have some catching up to do."

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