Nixon will play Mother Abbess in the July 28-30 concerts at the famed California venue. Nixon joins the previously announced Melissa Errico, who will star as Maria von Trapp, the role created onstage by Mary Martin and latter immortalized on screen by Julie Andrews in the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. Gordon Hunt will direct the Bowl's mounting of Music, which is scheduled for July 28 and 29 at 8:30 PM and July 30 at 7:30 PM. Kay Cole will choreograph the production, and John Mauceri will conduct the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.
The Sound of Music originally opened at Broadway's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in Nov. 1959. Mary Martin headed a cast that also included Theodore Bikel and Patricia Neway. Julie Andrews starred in the award-winning film, and the most recent Broadway revival featured Rebecca Luker as the beloved Maria von Trapp. The classic Rodgers and Hammerstein score boasts such tunes as "Do Re Mi," "My Favorite Things," "The Sound of Music" and "Climb Ev'ry Mountain."
Marni Nixon was most recently on Broadway in the Tony-winning revival of Nine, and her other Main Stem credits include Follies, James Joyce's The Dead and The Girl in the Pink Tights. She played Aunt Alice in the film "I Think I Do" and Sister Sophia in the motion picture of "The Sound of Music." Nixon was also the singing voice for Deborah Kerr, Natalie Wood and Audrey Hepburn in the films "The King and I," "An Affair to Remember," "West Side Story" and "My Fair Lady."
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