Watkins will play opposite Jekyll & Hyde's Robert Cuccioli (Captain Georg von Trapp) in the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic. The musical, which was immortalized on screen by Julie Andrews, will begin performances at the New Jersey theatre Oct. 29 with an official opening scheduled for Oct. 31 at 8 PM. The production will run through Dec. 14.
Directed and choreographed by James Brennan, the musical will also feature Ed Dixon as Uncle Max and Donna English as Baroness Elsa Schraeder. Additional casting is expected shortly.
Amanda Watkins has appeared on Broadway in Urinetown, Cabaret, Grease!, Cats and Beauty and the Beast. Her national tour credits include South Pacific (opposite Robert Goulet), Cabaret and Oklahoma! Watkins has also been seen in regional productions of Mirette, Damn Yankees and Can Can.
Kate Baldwin was expected to have played Maria, but has now taken a role in the Broadway bound musical Harmony.
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; the most recent Broadway revival featured Rebecca Luker as the beloved Maria von Trapp. The classic score boasts such tunes as "Do Re Mi," "My Favorite Things," "The Sound of Music" and "Climb Ev'ry Mountain." The Paper Mill: The State Theatre of New Jersey is located in Millburn, N.J., on Brookside Drive. Visit www.papermill.org for more information.