Relive the Sound of Music Live at LA's Ahmanson Theater
Relive the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic—the film version turned 50 this year—with this new stage production from Tony Award-winner Jack O'Brien. The musical kicks off a North American tour with six weeks at the Ahmanson September 20 through October 31, 2015. Fans of the beloved 1965 movie starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer may be surprised to discover that there are additional songs in the stage version, and the order of the plot is different in spots. This is because when the script was adapted for the screen, an attempt was made to reduce sentimentality and open up the plot to take advantage of the breathtaking scenery of Austria. Critics have called the current production "fresh and lively", thanks largely to the heartfelt performance of 20-year-old Kerstin Anderson, who plays Maria von Trapp, beginning a national tour with this engagement at the Ahmanson. Anderson was a sophomore in musical theater at Pace University in New York when she was discovered and thrust onto the world stage as a postulant at an Austrian convent. Intimidatingly, she is preceded in the role by two of the most beloved stars in musical theater, Mary Martin and Julie Andrews. But Anderson takes charge with a spirit so joyful, a physicality so lithe and coltish, and a soprano so flawlessly soaring, that only Frau Schraeder, Captain von Trapp's jilted fiancée (Teri Hansen), could possibly resist her charm. Don't miss this first production of the revival since its successful Broadway run, just another world-class theatrical event available to the lucky residents of Los Angeles!