A brand new production of “The Sound of Musicâ€ is kicking off a national tour in OKC with two preview performances at the Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) Visual and Performing Arts Center (VPAC) Theater. The performances are Friday, Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available now at tickets.occc.edu or at the OCCC Box Office.
“The Sound of Musicâ€ features music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, suggested by “The Trapp Family Singersâ€ by Maria Augusta Trapp. The beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony, Grammy and Academy Award-winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,â€ “Edelweissâ€ and the title song.
“The Sound of Musicâ€ enjoyed extraordinary success as a live television production when “The Sound of Music Live!â€ aired on NBC in December 2013 and was seen by over 44 million people. That production starred Oklahoma’s own Carrie Underwood in the role of Maria. The year 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history.
In the words of Ted Chapin, president of Rodgers & Hammerstein, “I waited for a moment when we could rediscover “The Sound of Musicâ€ as it was originally created. Because of the enormous success of the film, few were aware that it started life as a hit Broadway showâ€”and a very big hit at that! The artists behind this production embraced what the authors wrote, looked at it all through modern eyes and, in so doing, found depth and resonance that has been recognized by critics and audiences across the country. It is like visiting an old friend but finding yourself surprised as well. It’s also a reminder of why this show is such an evergreen.”
The creative team for this new production includes direction by Matt Lenz, based on the national tour’s original direction by three-time Tony AwardÂ® winner Jack O’Brien (“Hairspray,â€ “The Full Monty,â€ “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,â€ “The Coast of Utopiaâ€). Original choreography by Danny Mefford (“Dear Evan Hansen,â€ “Fun Home,â€ “The Bridges of Madison County,â€ “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jacksonâ€) has been recreated by Jonathan Warren, with music supervision by Andy Einhorn (“Hello, Dolly!,â€ “Bullets Over Broadway,â€ “Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella,â€ “The Light in the Piazzaâ€).
The design and production team is comprised of Tony AwardÂ® nominee Douglas W. Schmidt, set design (“The Front Pageâ€, “42nd Street,â€ “Into the Woodsâ€), Tony AwardÂ® winner Jane Greenwood, costume design (“The Little Foxes,â€ 2014 Special Tony AwardÂ® for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre), six-time Tony AwardÂ® winner Natasha Katz, lighting design (“Long Day’s Journey Into Night,â€ “An American in Paris,â€ “Once,â€ “Aida,â€ “The Coast of Utopia,â€ “The Glass Menagerieâ€) and Shannon Slaton, sound design (“Present Laughter,â€ “The Humansâ€).
To purchase tickets, visit tickets.occc.edu or call the OCCC Cultural Programs Box Office at 405-682-7579. Ticket prices range from $25-$45. Group rates are available by calling the Box Office.
These performances are part of the Ad Astra Foundation Series and sponsored in part by BancFirst. For more information, including the 2018-2019 touring schedule, please visit www.thesoundofmusicontour.com.