The Sound of Music will soon be heard in Mumbai, India!
The Rodgers and Hammerstein classic will premiere May 2, opening the new Nita Mukesh Ambani Cultural Centre at the Jio World Centre in Mumbai, which features a bespoke Swarovski crystal ceiling, eighteen diamond boxes, a fully integrated Dolby Atmos surround sound system, and 2000 seats. The extended Mumbai engagement will be a continuation of The Sound of Music's Global tour, which has previously enjoyed engagements in Singapore, the Philippines, China, Taiwan, and more.
Directed by Jack O'Brien, the Indian premiere of The Sound of Music will star Jill-Christine Wiley as Maria Rainer, Trevor Martin as Captain von Trapp, Daniel Fullerton as Rolf, Lauren Kidwell as Mother Abbess, Joshua La Force as Max, Lauren O’Brien as Liesl, and Gail Bennett as Elsa. T.C. Kincer will conduct an 11-piece version of the touring orchestra.
The tour features the original creative work O’Brien, choreographer Danny Mefford, and music supervisor Andy Einhorn. The creative team consists of original tour restager Matt Lenz, original choreography restager James Gray, set designer Douglas Schmidt, costume designer Jane Greenwood, lighting designer Natasha Katz, and sound designer Shannon Slaton. Casting is by Binder Casting.
Said O’Brien, “The Sound of Music has been in our ears for decades, as it deserves to be. But it might be time to look once more, and more closely, at this remarkable work which, I feel, begins to reveal itself as deeper, richer, and more powerful than ever. We are tearing off the varnish of the past from one of the great glories of our theatergoing experience and making it fresh! This is an opportunity we’ve all longed to create!”
With music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, and a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, The Sound of Music is one of Golden Age musical theatre's most enduring works, telling the story of the real-life von Trapp family who became a worldwide success as a traveling family choir. The musical debuted on Broadway in 1959 with Mary Martin as nun-turned-governess-turned-choirmaster Maria, with Julie Andrews famously taking on the role for the wildly successful 1965 screen version. The musical would be the last collaboration for Rodgers and Hammerstein, with the latter passing away months after the work took its first Broadway bow.
For more information on the Mumbai engagement, please visit BroadwayAsia.com.