The Sound of Music extends run at Open Air Theatre
THE Sound of Music, the first Rodgers and Hammerstein musical to be staged at the Open Air Theatre, has become the biggest-selling production in the venue’s history. Not surprisingly then, it has extended its run by one week – until September 14, 2013.
In this latest revival, Rachel Kavanaugh directs a cast led by 22 year-old Charlotte Wakefield as Maria and Michael Xavier as Captain von Trapp.
They are joined by Helen Hobson (as Mother Abbess), Michael Matus (Max Detweiler), Caroline Keiff (Elsa Schraeder), Faye Bookes (Liesl) and Joshua Tonks (Rolf Gruber).
The Sound of Music premiered on Broadway in 1959 and went on to win six Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The show, which first opened in London in 1961, was last produced in the capital in 2006 when it starred How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? winner Connie Fisher as Maria – the role immortalised on screen in 1965 by Julie Andrews.
A story of love and freedom, The Sound of Music has an unforgettable score that includes Do-Re-Mi, Climb Ev’ry Mountain, My Favourite Things, Sixteen Going on Seventeen, Edelweiss and, of course, the title song.