The marionette production will be performed to a fully orchestrated recording performed by the Istropolis Philharmonic Orchestra, and featuring the vocal talents of numerous Broadway actors.
The Broadway talents who have lent their recorded voices to the production include Christiane Noll as Maria Rainer; Martin Vidnovic as Capt. von Trapp; Bill Youmans as Max Detweiler; Crista Moore as Elsa Schraeder; Michael McCarty as Franz; Jeanne Lehman as Mother Abbess; Joy Franz as Sister Berthe; Jennifer Hope Wills as Sister Sophia, doubling as Liesl von Trapp; Jonathan Groff as Rolf Gruber, doubling as Friederich von Trapp; Jenn Gambatese as Louisa von Trapp; Kelsey Fowler as Marta von Trapp; Matthew Gumley as Kurt von Trapp; Betsy Hogg as Brigitta von Trapp; and Kylie Goldstein as Gretl von Trapp.
The Salzberg Marionette production of The Sound of Music premiered at the Dallas Theater Center, embarking on a national tour prior to its New York arrival. The production will also play the tri-state area when it makes a stop at NJPAC in Newark, NJ (Nov. 30, Dec. 1-2). Following the Metropolitan Museum of Art engagement The Sound of Music is slated to tour Europe.
The puppeteer talent of the Salzburg Marionette Theatre includes Eva Wiener, Philippe Brunner, Pierre Droin, Pavel Tikhonov, Heide Hölzl, Vladimir Fediakov, Ursula Winzer, Michaela Obermayr, Emanuel Paulus and Gerda Michel. The Salzburg artists are also responsible for creating the puppets used for the production.
The design team for the Salzberg Marionette production of The Sound of Music is led by Christopher Barreca with costume design by Anita Yavich and sound design by David Budries. The Sound of Music, the 1960 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, features music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein, with a book penned by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. The 1965 film adaptation earned five Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
Songs from the stage production include "My Favorite Things," "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," Do-Re-Mi," "So Long, Farewell," "The Lonely Goatherd," "Edelweiss," "Sixteen Going on Seventeen" and the title song.
For tickets to the New Jersey engagement of The Sound of Music visit www.njpac.org, or phone (888) 466-5722. Tickets for the Metropolitan Museum of Art performances are available by calling (212) 570-3949, or by visiting www.metmuseum.org/tickets.