Nick Spangler, Cotter Smith, Reed Birney Join Starry Cast of Carnegie Hall Sound of Music
By Andrew Gans
Casting is now complete for Carnegie Hall's upcoming concert presentation of the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The Sound of Music, which is scheduled for April 24 at 8 PM in the Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage.
Gary Griffin (Encores! Lost in the Stars and Broadway's The Color Purple) will direct the production with Rob Fisher (Broadway's Chicago) serving as musical director, conducting the Orchestra of St. Luke’s.
Newly announced for the evening are Mary Michael Patterson as Liesl von Trapp, Nick Spangler as Rolf Gruber, Cotter Smith as Herr Zeller, Drama Desk and Obie Award recipient Reed Birney as Admiral von Schreiber and Joel Hatch as Franz, The Butler. Making a special appearance late in Act II will be 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).
These artists join the previously reported Laura Osnes (Maria Rainer), 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), 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).
The creative team will also include John Lee Beatty, scenic consultant; Alan Adelman, lighting designer; Joshua Bergasse, choreographer; Wendall K. Harrington, video and projections designer; Tara Rubin Casting, casting consultant; Nevin Steinberg, sound designer; and Paul Tazewell, costume consultant.
The one-night-only event will feature 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.
Carnegie Hall tickets can be purchased at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, by calling CarnegieCharge at (212) 247-7800, or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website, carnegiehall.org.
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