One of America’s beloved musicals shows, The Sound of Music, is set to open at the Adrienne Arsht Center this week. The iconic musical show is slated for a limited run over the New Year holiday.
The Sound of Music will be directed by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O’Brien. The new production will feature Ben Davis as Captain Georg von Trapp and Ashley Brown (Broadway’s Mary Poppins, NBC’s The Sound of Music) will play The Mother Abbess with MERWIN FOARD as Max Detweiler, Teri Dale Hansen as Elsa Schraeder, Dan Tracy as Rolf and Paige Silvester as Liesl. The von Trapp children will be played by Erich Schuett (Friedrich), Maria Knasel (Louisa), Quinn Erickson (Kurt), Svea Johnson (Brigitta), Mackenzie Currie (Marta) and Audrey Bennett (Gretl). In addition to the aforementioned cast, the play will also introduce O’Brien’s newest discovery Kerstin Anderson as Maria Rainer, a current student at Pace University.
In a statement, O’Brien said, “I’ve always believed Maria was a ‘star-making’ part, rather than the leading role we remember from movies so I went looking for someone with star-making magic. And in through the audition door one day walked Kerstin Anderson, still studying at Pace University in New York. She opened her mouth, she sang and the tears welled up in my eyes. If ever there was an enchanting young woman standing on the brink of discovery—this was it! And now, the discovery is about to be all of ours.”
The ensemble will feature Carey Rebecca Brown, Ron Brown, Caitlin Burke, Christopher Carl, Kyla Carter, Austin Colby, Daniella Dalli, Elisabeth Evans, Donna Garner, Meghan Hales, Adam Hill, Jenavene Hester, Jeremy Lanuti, Darren Matthias, Kelly McCormick, Julia Osborne, Andrea Ross, Brent Schindele and Jim Schubin.
The show feature plays Tuesday, Dec. 29th through Sunday, Jan.3rd at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, also includes a New Year’s Eve performance. Production is brought to you by Center Theatre Group with a special arrangement with The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization, Crouse Literary Properties Company LLC and The Howard Lindsay Trust, of a musical in two acts with music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II.
The run time is approximately two hours and 45 minutes, with one intermission. For tickets and additional information, click here.