Hollywood Bowl Finds Its Maria for July Sound of Music

News   Hollywood Bowl Finds Its Maria for July Sound of Music
Melissa Errico, the Tony-nominated star of Amour, will head the cast of the Hollywood Bowl's summer semi-staged presentation of The Sound of Music.

Errico's official website says that she will play 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 Rodgers and Hammerstein classic is the latest musical to be presented at the Bowl, following acclaimed presentations of Camelot (2005), Mame (2004), My Fair Lady (2003) and The Music Man (2002).

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."

Melissa Errico began her professional career portraying Cosette in Les Misérables, and she followed with leading roles in Anna Karenina, My Fair Lady, High Society, Amour, Dracula and the City Center Encores! productions of Call Me Madam and One Touch of Venus. She appeared in a production of Threepenny Opera at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Errico's recent Off-Broadway credits include Finian's Rainbow and Aunt Dan and Lemon. She also starred in the Hollywood Bowl presentation of Camelot. Errico's debut solo recording was titled "Blue Like That."

The Hollywood Bowl is located at 2301 Highland Avenue in Hollywood, CA. Visit www.hollywoodbowl.org for more information.

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