Andrew Lloyd Webber has said that The Sound of Music “contains arguably the best-loved songs of all time,” no doubt one of the reasons the classic sing-along Rogers and Hammerstein musical has become a firm favourite for many a gay man.
Now, the hills will once more come alive as a new lavish production featuring an all-star South African cast sets out to wow theatregoers in Cape Town and Joburg this year.
The show tells the story of the Von Trapp family’s flight across the mountains from Austria, with its unforgettable score that includes My Favourite Things, Edelweiss, Do-Re-Mi, Sixteen Going on Seventeen, The Lonely Goatherd, Climb Ev’ry Mountain, and the title song The Sound of Music.
Featuring an all-star South African cast, The Sound of Music is a must-see on the 2014 theatrical calendar!
With words and music by the legendary Rogers and Hammerstein (Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I), The Sound of Music originally premiered on Broadway in 1959 to record-breaking advance ticket sales, where it won eight Tony Awards – including Best Musical.
The show opened in London in 1961 and became the longest-running American musical of its generation. The 1965 Hollywood film, which starred Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, won five Oscars, including Best Picture, and quickly became the highest-grossing film at that time. Even today, The Sound of Music remains the most successful movie musical in history.
Since the turn of the 21st century, the enduring magic of The Sound of Music has led to major productions around the world, giving testament to its title as “the world’s most popular musical”.
This production of the legendary Rodgers and Hammerstein musical opened to rave reviews and sell-out business at the Wales Millennium Centre in July 2009, following a record-breaking 954 performances at the London Palladium where it was seen by well over 2 million people.
The South African production stars Andre Schwartz as Captain von Trapp and Bethany Dickson as Maria.
Cape Town – Artscape Opera
19 February 2014 – 29 March 2014
Johannesburg – The Teatro at Montecasino
5 April 2014 – 8 June 2014
Bookings are now open through Computicket.