Sep 182014

The Sound Of MusicA New Stage Production of The Sound of Music
Suggested by The Trapp Family Singers by Maria Augusta Trapp
Directed by JACK O’BRIEN
Will Tour North America beginning September 2015
Tour Starts at Center Theatre Group / Ahmanson Theatre

Producer Ken Gentry for NETworks Presentations, in collaboration with Ted Chapin, President and Executive Director of Rodgers & Hammerstein: An Imagem Company, announced that a brand new production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC, directed by Jack O’Brien, will tour North America beginning September 2015. This lavish new production will launch at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, under the auspices of the Center Theatre Group, and will then tour North America for multiple seasons, playing multi-week and week-long engagements. Additional cities and casting will be announced at a later time.

THE SOUND OF MUSIC features music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, suggested by The Trapp Family Singers by Maria Augusta Trapp. This new production is directed by Jack O’Brien (Three-time Tony Award® winner, credits include: Hairspray, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Coast of Utopia). The design and production team is comprised of Douglas Schmidt, Set Design (Tony Award® nominee: 42nd Street, Into the Woods); Natasha Katz, Lighting Design (Four-time Tony Award® winner: Once, Aida, The Coast of Utopia, The Glass Menagerie) and Ken Travis, Sound Design (Aladdin, Newsies, Memphis).

Director Jack O’Brien said, “THE SOUND OF MUSIC has been in our ears for decades, as it deserves to be: but it might be time to look once more, and more closely, at this remarkable work which, I feel, begins to reveal itself as deeper, richer, and more powerful than ever before. It’s no longer ‘your mother’s familiar’ SOUND OF MUSIC we’re trotting out. We are tearing off the varnish of the past of one of the great, fresh glories of our theatre-going experience! This is an opportunity we’ve all longed to create!”

Ted Chapin, President and Executive Director of Rodgers & Hammerstein: An Imagem Company, said “THE SOUND OF MUSIC continues to be the world’s most beloved musical. When Ken Gentry suggested a major national tour, I not only agreed, but was willing to roll up my sleeves and do whatever I could to make a new stage production that would re-engage today’s theatre-going public. The show was originally created for Broadway, and seeing it on stage only reinforces the power of the story and the score. And with Jack O’Brien at the directorial helm – well, we simply couldn’t do better. Landing somewhere between The Coast of Utopia and Hairspray (shows for which Jack won the Tony®), his production will be smart, focused, and surprising. I can’t wait.”
THE SOUND OF MUSIC enjoyed extraordinary success as the first live television production of a musical in over 50 years when “The Sound of Music Live!” aired on NBC in December, 2013; 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history. The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the Von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with such songs as “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and the title song.

Facts and Figures about THE SOUND OF MUSIC
The original Broadway production (1959)
Won 5 Tony Awards® including Best Musical
Original Cast Album won the Grammy Award
Tens of thousands of productions worldwide, with over 500 professional, amateur and school production each year in North America alone
Award-Winning London production set box office records with an all-star cast from award- and ratings-winning UK television program “How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?”
The motion picture (1965)
Won 5 Academy Awards® including Best Picture
The most successful movie musical in history and one of the top-grossing films of all time
Annual network television ratings winner
Millions of VHS and DVD copies sold; the 40th Anniversary edition (2005) shipped over 1 million copies
The Music
Decades of popular artists have recorded songs from THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Over 12 million copies of the best-selling film soundtrack to date
“The Sound of Music Live!” was #7 on US Billboard 200
“The Sound of Music Live!”
Seen by more than 44 million viewers
Top rated NBC non-sports program since the Frasier and Friends finals in 2004

Jul 242012

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents a new print of the 1965 musical classic “The Sound of Music” as the fourth film in its series “The Last 70mm Film Festival” on Monday, July 30, at 7 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The evening will also welcome actress Kym Karath, who played Gretl, the youngest of the seven Von Trapp children in the film.


Based on the Broadway musical, “THE SOUND OF MUSIC” follows Maria (played by Julie Andrews in her second Oscar®-nominated role)

Based on the Broadway musical, the film follows Maria (played by Julie Andrews in her second Oscar®-nominated role) a young woman who leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the seven children of a widowed navy captain (Christopher Plummer).  The film was nominated for ten Academy Awards® including Actress (Julie Andrews, “Maria”), Actress in a supporting role (Peggy Wood,” Mother Abbess), Art Direction – Color (Art Direction: Boris Leven; Set Decoration:  Walter M. Scott, Ruby Levitt), Cinematography – Color (Ted McCord), Costume Design, Color (Dorothy Jenkins), and won awards for Directing (Robert Wise), Film Editing (William Reynolds), Music – Scoring of Music–adaptation or treatment (Irwin Kostal), Best Picture (Robert Wise, Producer), and Sound (20th Century-Fox Studio Sound Department, James P. Corcoran, sound director; and Todd-AO Sound Department, Fred Hynes, sound director).

“The Last 70mm Film Festival,” continues on Mondays through August 13, showcasing 70mm classics from different genres as well as rarely screened 70mm short subjects. The remaining screenings in the series are:

  • August 6 “2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968)
  • August 13 “Spartacus” (1960)

Tickets for  all screenings in “The Last 70mm Film Festival” are now sold out. A standby line will form on the day of the event, and standby numbers will be assigned starting at approximately 5:30 p.m.  Any available tickets will be distributed shortly before the program begins. Ticket holders should plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of the event to ensure a seat in the theater. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. For the latest pre-show details, call (310) 247-3600 or visit