Hills Are Alive With Sound of Schaffel and Moses' Music, on Tour Starting July 6

News   Hills Are Alive With Sound of Schaffel and Moses' Music, on Tour Starting July 6 Tony Award nominee Marla Schaffel is Maria Von Trapp in a summer-fall 2003 tour of The Sound of Music, launching July 6-11 at the Miller Outdoor Theatre in Houston, in a Theatre Under the Stars engagement.

The production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic is being produced pro-rata by the more than a dozen theatres that are presenting the staging between July and November, a spokesperson told Playbill On-Line. The production was put together in Atlanta under the auspices of Theatre of the Stars (not to be confused with TUTS).

Schaffel was Tony nommed in 2001 for Best Actress (Musical) for Jane Eyre. Burke Moses, Broadway's original Gaston in Disney's Beauty and the Beast, will play Capt. Von Trapp, under the direction of Drew Scott Harris. Norb Joerder will choreograph.

Joining Moses and Schaffel are Jeanne Lehman (Mother Abbess), who recently appeared in a concert version of The Grass Harp with Sandy Duncan; Colleen Fitzpatrick (Elsa), a Sondheim veteran, who has been seen on Broadway in Passion, Into the Woods and Company; and Ed Dixon (Max), who recently portrayed Alfred P. Doolittle in TUTS' My Fair Lady. Appearing as the Von Trapp children are Kristen Bowden (Liesl Von Trapp), Eddie Pendergraft (Friedrich Von Trapp), Emily Klein (Louisa Von Trapp), Patrick S. Minor (Kurt Von Trapp), Maggie Watts (Brigitta Von Trapp), Alexa Ehrlich (Marta Von Trapp), and Andie Belkoff (Gretl Von Trapp).

The tour continues to Nov. 16. Its last stop is Wolf Trap, in Veinna, VA.

The tour dates include:

  • July 6-11: Houston (Miller Outdoor Theatre)
  • July 15-20: New Haven, CT (Shubert Theater)
  • July 22-27: Atlanta (Fox Theatre)
  • Aug. 12-17: Kansas City, MO (Starlight Theatre)
  • Aug. 19-24: Charlotte, NC (Blumenthal Performing Arts Center)
  • Sept. 2-14: Wilmington, DE (DuPont Theatre)
  • Sept. 16-21: Boston (Wang Center for the Performing Arts)
  • Sept. 23-28: Chicago (Auditorium Theatre)
  • Sept. 30-Oct. 5: Detroit (Fox Theatre)
  • Oct. 7-12: Columbus, OH (Palace Theatre)
  • Oct. 14-19: Rochester (Rochester Auditorium)
  • Oct. 28-Nov. 2: Hartford, CT (Bushnell Theatre)
  • Nov. 4-9: Buffalo (Shea's Theatre)
  • Nov. 11-16: Vienna, VA (Wolf Trap)