Garrett and Shepherd to Join Fisher for London Sound of Music

News   Garrett and Shepherd to Join Fisher for London Sound of Music
A week after a BBC reality TV show discovered Connie Fisher for the role of Maria in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s production of The Sound of Music, full details of the cast have been announced.

Directed by Jeremy Sams and co-produced by Lloyd Webber and David Ian, The Sound of Music will officially open at the London Palladium on Nov. 15, a day later than previously announced. Previews begin Nov. 3.

Popular soprano singer Lesley Garrett will take on the role of Mother Abbess, and Simon Shepherd will play Captain Von Trapp.

Shepherd is best known to television audiences for his appearance in “Peak Practise.” His stage credits include West End productions of Art, Bent and The Secret Rapture.

Fisher recently won the BBC television series “How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?," beating 6,000 hopefuls to the lead role of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical.

The cast also includes Lauren Ward, who will play The Baroness, Ian Gelder as Max, Sophie Bould as Liesel and Neil McDermott as Rolf. Choreography is by Arlene Phillips and design by Robert Jones.

The Sound of Music originally premiered on Broadway in 1959, winning six Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The 1965 Hollywood film, which starred Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, won five Oscars, including Best Picture.

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