Gary Griffin (Encores! Lost in the Stars and Broadway's The Color Purple) directed the production, with Rob Fisher (Broadway's Chicago) serving as musical director, conducting the Orchestra of St. Luke’s.
Laura Osnes, who recently starred in Broadway's Bonnie & Clyde and will be seen next season in a revised version of Cinderella, headed the cast as Maria Rainer, the part originated on Broadway by Mary Martin and later immortalized on screen by Julie Andrews.
Laura Osnes, Tony Goldwyn and Patrick Page Sing The Sound of Music at Carnegie Hall
The starry company also featured Tony Goldwyn (Captain Georg von Trapp), Brooke Shields (Elsa Schraeder), Patrick Page (Max Detweiler), Stephanie Blythe (The Mother Abbess), Jake Montagnino (Friedrich von Trapp), Olivia Knutsen (Louisa von Trapp), Jacob Sutton (Kurt von Trapp), Grace Luckett (Brigitta von Trapp), Natalie Hawkins (Marta von Trapp), Charlotte Knutsen (Gretl von Trapp), Mary Michael Patterson (Liesl von Trapp), Nick Spangler (Rolf Gruber), Cotter Smith (Herr Zeller), Reed Birney (Admiral von Schreiber), Joel Hatch (Franz), Joy Hermalyn (Sister Berthe, Mistress of Novices), Linda Mugleston (Sister Margaretta, Mistress of Postulants), Faith Sherman (Sister Sophia), Veanne Cox (Frau Schmidt, the housekeeper) and Daniel Truhitte (Baron Elberfeld) with Christine DiGiallonardo, Daniela DiGiallonardo, Nadia DiGiallonardo, Patty Goble, Amy Justman and the Women of the Mansfield University Concert Choir (Peggy Dettwiler, Director).
Making a special appearance late in Act II were three of the actors who played the von Trapp children in the 1965 movie version of The Sound of Music: Nicholas Hammond (the film's Friedrich), Heather Menzies (the film's Louisa) and Kym Karath (the film's Gretl). The one-night-only event featured orchestrations by Robert Russell Bennett, choral, dance and instrumental music arranged by Trude Rittmann and a concert adaptation by David Ives.
With music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, a libretto by Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse, adapted by David Ives, and based on Maria Augusta Trapp's autobiography, The Sound of Music, according to press notes, "tells the timeless story of Maria, Captain von Trapp, and their singing family."
Set in Salzburg, Austria, on the eve of World War II, the score includes "My Favorite Things," "Do Re Mi," "Edelweiss," the title song and "Climb Ev'ry Mountain." The Sound of Music premiered on Broadway in 1959 where it ran for more than 1,400 performances.