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April 24 - 29, 2018

"Sparkling, fresh and lively. Anderson, as Maria, takes charge with a spirit so joyful and a soprano so flawlessly soaring."

LA Times

Why See The Sound of Music?

Maria, You've Got to See Her

The hills are alive...you know the rest. Everyone's favourite tale of nannies, nuns and Nazis is heading out on a new North American tour in 2015/16. The last show written by legendary duo Rodgers and Hammerstein, this iconic musical boasts a score which reads like a Greatest Hits of musical theatre, with songs including My Favourite Things, Edelweiss and Do-Re-Mi. It's inspired an Oscar-winning movie, a tv talent show and, as the 18 million viewers who tuned in to see NBC's live special prove, remains an incredibly popular piece of American pop culture.

While everyone knows the story off by heart, that doesn't mean that there's nothing new to be said about The Sound of Music. Helming this tour is Jack O'Brien (Hairspray), one of Broadway's most accomplished directors, who's seeking to strip away some of the more kitschy elements which have become attached to the musical over the years. The three time Tony Award winner told the New York Times that he's not "trotting out your mother's version."

What is The Sound of Music About?

In the heart of the Austrian Alps, a young woman named Maria is in training to become a Nun. Unsure that such a free-spirited soul as Maria is ready for a life of pious devotion, the Head Sister assigns her to the role of governess to the children of local naval officer Captain Georg Von Trapp.

As Maria discovers, the Von Trapp children have run off several governesses before her through their mischievous behaviour, but with a little love and time (and a lot of singing) Maria begins to win them over. Her kind-heartedness and patience also begins to dispel the gloom around their father, who is still in mourning for his late wife, and the two begin to fall in love. But danger looms on the horizon with the advent of World War II, and the Captain faces being drafted into the German army.

A (Brief) History of the Sound of Music

Yes, Maria was a real person. The memoir of this Austrian governess was filmed in 1956 as Die Trapp-Familie, which in turn inspired Rogers and Hammerstein to turn her extraordinary story into a Broadway show. Debuting in 1959 at The Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, The Sound of Music won five Tonys, with its reputation being cemented by the subsequent Julie Andrews-starring movie adaptation.

Did You Know?

Often wrongly assumed to be a traditional Austrian folk song, Edelweiss was indeed written for the musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein.

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Opening night: 24 April 2018

Run time

Approx 2 hours and 30 minutes, including one intermission

Cast and Creative


Charlotte Matlby as Maria
Ben Davis as Captain Von Trapp
Melody Betts as The Mother Abbess
Merwin Foard as Max Detweiler
Teri Hansen as Elsa Schraeder
Austin Colby as Rolf
Paige Silvester as Liesl
Roy Gantz as Friedrich
Ashley Brooke as Louisa
Austin Levine as Kurt
Iris Davies as Brigitta
Kyla Carter as Marta
Anika Lore Hatch Gretl


Directed by Jack O'Brien
Music and Lyrics by Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II
Book by Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse
Set Design by Douglas Schmidt
Lighting Design by Natasha Katz
Sound Design by Ken Travis

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3 reviews, average rating: (5.0 Stars)

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Mike: “Remarkable”

This is a must see. All cast members are extremely talented. Simple remarkable.... more

Tom Seeley: “Sound of Music”

Simply the BEST!!! A must see. Casting was perfect. All very talented.... more

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