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Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre Welcomes the Sounds of Music

Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre Welcomes the Sounds of Music

Frederick, MD- Over the years, The Sound of Music has proven itself to be one of the most beloved musicals time and time again, both in the United States and around the globe. Coming this spring, the classic tale will return to Frederick at The Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre beginning Friday, April 18th.
The final collaboration between Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein was destined to become the world's most classic musical. In this heartwarming story, when a postulate proves too high-spirited for the religious life, she is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval captain. Her growing rapport with the youngsters, coupled with her generosity of spirit, gradually captures the heart of the stern captain, leading to one of the most inspirational and endearing musical theatre endings of all time.
The Sound of Music first made its way to Broadway in November of 1959 with Mary Martin in the leading role of Maria. The original production ran for 1,443 total performances before it closed in the summer of 1963. Two years later, The Sound of Music found itself on the silver screen starring Julie Andrews as Maria and Christopher Plummer as Captain von Trapp. It wasn't until 1998 however, thirty-five years later, that the popular family classic returned to the Great White Way. Most recently, The Sound of Music was revived to critical acclaim in London's West End by legendary theatre producers Andrew Lloyd Webber and David Ian.
Over the years The Sound of Music has won nearly every award possible including 5 Academy Awards (including best picture), 8 Tony Awards (including best musical), and 2 Golden Globes (including best motion picture).
The cast of Way Off Broadway's production is led by Shannon Wells as Maria and Bill Kiska as Captain von Trapp. Joining them onstage this spring will be Laura Harvey, Tiffany Jarman, Jonny Kigin, Trey T. Kiska, Erica Loy, David McClintock, Sarah Melinda, Eric Seebach, Shelby Sours, Keith Purtee, and Georgie Wetmore. Alternating the roles of the von Trapp children will be Susanna Hoffman and Audrey McClatchie as Gretl; Emily Cofer and Jackie Kempa as Marta; Alexis Barone and Taylor Dawson as Brigitta; Palmer Foran and Ryan Patrick Kane as Kurt; Elizabeth Anglin and Emily Hughes as Louisa; Alex Prete and Brandon Stonestreet as Friedrich; and Mary Ellen Cameron as Liesl.
Way Off Broadway's production of The Sound of Music is directed by Susan Thornton with musical direction by Cathie Porter-Borden. The show will run April 18 - June 29, with performances every Friday and Saturday evening and matinees on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sunday of each month. Friday evening tickets are $42, Saturday evening tickets are $44, and Sunday matinee tickets are $40.
The Sound of Music will be followed later this season by Thoroughly Modern Millie and A Christmas Time of Year. Tickets are on sale now for all of the performances during the 2008 Season and may be purchased by call the Box Office at (301) 662-6600. For additional information about Way off Broadway, including its Children's Theatre and Summer Camp, visit www.wayoffbroadway.com.

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