I am about to shock you, so please take a seat. I have NEVER seen The Sound of Music – nope, not even the movie. I almost didn’t accept the opening night invitation to see the musical. At the last-minute I decided to go and I am so THANKFUL I did! The Sound of Music is truly a one of a kind musical – and I’ve heard the movie is just as amazing – but the cast is what truly made this musical what it is. The Hills Are Alive with The Sound of Music at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami this week through Sunday, January 3, 2016.
I was surprised by all the songs that were instantly familiar despite never having seen The Sound of Music before like – “My Favorite Things” and “Do-Re-Mi”. The romantic story of Maria and the Von Trapp Family is sure to find a soft spot in your heart – and all things beautiful. This brand new production is directed by three-time Tony Award® winning Director Jack O’Brien.
Ben Davis plays the ever charming Captain Georg von Trapp and is – ahem, hard to take your eyes off. There are so many show stealers in this cast, especially Ashley Brown who plays The Mother Abbess and has an INCREDIBLE voice. Laughs abound with family friend Max Detweiler played by Merwin Foard and Paige Silvester does a magnificent job as Liesl, the eldest of the von Trapp children and Maria’s biggest critic – and subsequent best friend. But by far the most outstanding role and perfectly cast is that of Maria.
Oh “How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria”, played by Kerstin Anderson, a young postulant sent off by The Mother Abbess to serve as a governess to the von Trapp family so that she may discover if giving her life to the church is really her true calling. Anderson is a breathe of fresh air on the stage, taking charge of her role and truly making us see, breathe and live through the sweet “tree-climbing” wholesomeness that is Maria!
The Sound of Music features music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, suggested by The Trapp Family Singers by Maria Augusta Trapp.
Fun fact: 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history.
The parental guidance lists this show as appropriate for all ages – however, please keep in mind that the shows run time is a bit long and therefore may not be suitable for younger children – especially for an evening showing. The Sound of Music runs for 2 hours and 45 minutes, which includes one (1) twenty-minute intermission. Food, snacks and beverages are available for purchase. Drinks and food are allowed inside the theatre for this performance.
This New Year’s Eve you can take the family to the theatre see The Sound of Music for under $100 when you use code MYFAVORITE at check out.
Ticket prices are budget friendly and start at only $29. There are several shows left to choose from, including matinees. The Sound of Music is playing at The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts which is located at 1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33132. Tickets are available for purchase here or by calling the Box Office at (305) 949-6722.. Be sure to visit Broadway Across America for details about upcoming Broadway shows coming to South Florida!
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Disclosure: Mama’s Mission was not compensated for this post. I received media tickets to attend this performance; however, all opinions are 100% my own. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Photo credits: Matthew Murphy