The Sound of Music at the Boston Opera House

Posted March 28, 2016 by Cheryl Fenton in Theater & Arts
Maria Rainer with the von Trapp children. Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy

Let’s start at the very beginning. A very good place to start.

Beginning March 29 through April 10, the hills (or at least the Boston Opera House) are alive with The Sound of Music. Quite literally. This great American classic about the musical von Trapp family and the spirited nun who becomes their governess and (spoiler alert) eventual stepmother, comes to the Theatre District as part of the Lexus Broadway In Boston Season.

The Sound of Music is a beloved story set in Austria on the eve of World War II. Its songs and lyrics by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II have been in our ears for decades. And as we all know, when you know the notes to sing, you can sing most anything. So if you aren’t at least humming along with the show, you’re doing it wrong. The score includes favorites such as the title song, “My Favorite Things,” “Do Re Mi,” “Edelweiss” and the ever-emotional “Climb Ev’ry Mountain.”

This particular performance is extra special in that Maria Rainer is played by Kerstin Anderson, the newest discovery of the show’s director, three-time Tony Award winner Jack O’Brien. A current student at Pace University, this is her first national tour. O’Brien has called Anderson an “enchanting young woman standing on the brink of discovery.” O’Brien’s pedigree itself is quite enchanting, with credits including Hairspray, The Full Monty, and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

Anderson shares the stage and chemistry with Ben Davis (of Broadway’s Violet, A Little Night Music and La Bohème fame) with his role as the stodgy and rule-driven Captain Georg von Trapp. In addition to Anderson and Davis, the cast of The Sound of Music includes Ashley Brown as Mother Abbess, Merwin Foard as Max Detweiler, and Teri Dale Hansen as Elsa Schraeder. The two star-crossed young loves will capture your hearts – Dan Tracy as Rolf and Paige Silvester as Liesl – as they twirl around the stage during the beloved song “Sixteen Going on Seventeen.”

The story of finding love and friendship in a tough time is based on the book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, and the performance has some heavy hitters in the industry making the magic happen. The show is choreographed by Danny Mefford (Fun Home, The Bridges of Madison County and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) and with music supervision by Andy Einhorn (Bullets Over Broadway, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Brief Encounter, The Light in the Piazza). The design and production team includes Douglas W. Schmidt for set design (a Tony Award nominee for 42nd Street, Into the Woods) and has Jane Greenwood designing all the costume (she’s the 2014 recipient of the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre, so she knows a thing or two).

It has been over 50 years since The Sound of Music was in theaters, and it continues to be the most successful movie musical in history.

Performances are Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays at 7:30pm (Wednesday, March 30, will be at 7pm), Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm, and Sundays at 1pm and 6:30pm.

It’s quite possible that this performance will truly become one of our favorite things.

 

Tickets are available at the Boston Opera House box office located at 539 Washington Street, by calling 800-982-2787, and by visiting www.BroadwayInBoston.com.