Carnegie Hall today announced that its one-night-only concert performance of The Sound of Music on Tuesday, April 24 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage will star Laura Osnes (Bonnie & Clyde, Anything Goes, Grease) as Maria Rainer alongside Tony Goldwyn (Broadway's Promises, Promises and film version of Ghost) as Captain von Trapp.
Additional cast members include Broadway and film/television actress Brooke Shields (The Addams Family, Wonderful Town) as Elsa Schräder, Patrick Page (Spider Man: Turn Off the Dark) as Max Detweiler, and Metropolitan Opera star mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe as The Mother Abbess.
This concert performance of the beloved musical with a timeless score by Rodgers & Hammerstein with book by Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse, adapted by David Ives, also features Joy Hermalyn (Fiddler on the Roof) as Sister Berthe, Linda Mugleston (Anything Goes) as Sister Margaretta, mezzo-soprano Faith Sherman as Sister Sophia, Veanne Cox (Caroline or Change, Company) as Frau Schmidt, and Daniel Truhitte (Rolf Gruber in the film version of The Sound of Music) as Baron Elberfeld. The roles of the von Trapp children include members of the Brooklyn Youth Chorus: Jake Montagnino as Friedrich, Olivia Knutsen as Louisa, Jacob Sutton as Kurt,Grace Luckett as Brigitta, Natalie Hawkins as Marta, and Charlotte Knutsen as Gretl. Remaining cast members will be announced at a later date.
This concert is a gala benefit providing support for the music education and community programs of Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute. Gary Griffin (Encores! Lost in the Stars and Broadway's The Apple Tree and The Color Purple) directs the production with Rob Fisher (founding Music Director of Encores! and Anything Goes and Chicago) serving as musical director, conducting the Orchestra of St. Luke's and the Women of the Mansfield University Concert Choir under the direction ofPeggy Dettwiler. Production team includesJohn Lee Beatty (Scenic Consultant), Alan Adelman (Lighting Designer), Joshua Bergasse (Choreographer), Wendall K. Harrington (Video and Projections Designer),Tara Rubin Casting (Casting Consultant),Nevin Steinberg (Sound Designer), and Paul Tazewell (Costume Consultant).
The Sound of Music gala event is sponsored by Ernst & Young LLP with corporate chair Stephen R. Howe, Jr. and co-chaired by Susan and Ed Forst, Nelle Nugent and Jolyon Stern, and Dinny and Lester Morse, Jr. Gala guests will enjoy a festive, pre-concert dinner hosted by honorary chairs, including members of the Rodgers, Hammerstein, Crouse, and von Trapp families, and His Excellency Ernst-Peter Brezovszky, Consul General of the Republic of Austria at Remi Restaurant (145 West 53rd Street) at 6:00 p.m. as well as the best possible concert seating. Gala benefit tickets are available by calling Carnegie Hall's Special Events office at 212-903-9679 or online at carnegiehall.org/thesoundofmusic. Tickets begin at $1500.
A limited number of premium (concert-only) tickets, priced $55–$200, are currently available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, by calling Carnegie Charge at 212-247-7800, or online at carnegiehall.org/thesoundofmusic. A portion of all tickets is a tax-deductible contribution.
Presented with full orchestra, cast, and chorus, this performance of The Sound of Music will bring the world's most popular musical to the stage of Carnegie Hall. With music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse, adapted by David Ives, and based on Maria Augusta Trapp's autobiography, The Sound of Music tells the timeless story of Maria, Captain von Trapp, and their singing family. Set in Salzburg, Austria, on the eve of World War II, the score includes "My Favorite Things," "Do Re Mi," "Edelweiss," the title song, and "Climb Ev'ry Mountain." The Sound of Music premiered on Broadway in 1959 where it ran for more than 1,400 performances. Presented subsequently at New York City Center, New York City Opera, and in a Broadway revival in 1998-99, The Sound of Music marks its first return to New York since then with this Carnegie Hall concert version.
Carnegie Hall has worked closely with the Rodgers & Hammerstein office on concert stagings of favorite musicals in recent years, including Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel with Hugh Jackman and Audra McDonald (2002), and South Pacific with Reba McEntire and Brian Stokes Mitchell (2005) as well as Kern and Hammerstein's Show Boat with Nathan Gunn, Carolee Carmello, Marilyn Horne, and Alvy Powell (2008).