Last night, April 24, Carnegie Hall
presented its gala benefit performance of The Sound of Music in the Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage. The cast was led by Laura Osnes
(Maria Rainer), Tony Goldwyn
(Captain von Trapp), Brooke Shields
(Elsa Schraeder), Patrick Page
(Max Detweiler), Stephanie Blythe (The Mother Abbess), Mary Michael Patterson
(Liesl von Trapp), Nick Spangler
(Rolf Gruber), Cotter Smith
(Herr Zeller), and Reed Birney
(Admiral von Schreiber). They were joined by and Joel Hatch
(Franz, The Butler), Joy Hermalyn
(Sister Berthe), Linda Mugleston
(Sister Margaretta), Faith Sherman (Sister Sophia), and Veanne Cox
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.
In addition, making a special appearance late in Act II are three of the actors who played the von Trapp children in the beloved 1965 movie version of The Sound of Music: Nicholas Hammond (the film's "Friedrich"), Heather Menzies (the film's "Louisa"), and Kym Karath (the film's "Gretl"), joining the previously announced Daniel Truhitte (the film's "Rolf"), who plays Baron Elberfeld.
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, was a gala benefit providing support for the music education and community programs of Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute. Gary Griffin directed the production with Musical Director Rob Fisher conducting the Orchestra of St. Luke's and the Women of the Mansfield University Concert Choir under the direction of Peggy Dettwiler. Joshua Bergasse choreographed the concert. The production team included Wendall K. Harrington (Video and Projections Designer), Alan Adelman (Lighting Consultant), Nevin Steinberg (Sound Designer), Paul Tazewell (Costume Consultant), and John Lee Beatty (Scenic Consultant).
Presented with full orchestra, cast, and chorus, this performance of The Sound of Music brought 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).
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