The Sound of Music
AUGUST 4 – 10
Considered by many to be the world’s most beloved musical, The Sound of Music reminds us that with high-spirited hope, heartfelt compassion and unwavering determination, life’s mountains can always be climbed. With its Tony, Grammy and Academy Award-winning score, including “Do-Re-Mi,” “My Favorite Things,” “Edelweiss” and the iconic title track “The Sound of Music,” the hills of Forest Park come alive once more!
First Muny Production in a Decade!
Performances begin at 8:15 p.m.
Matt Kunkel is thrilled to be returning for the Muny’s 103rd season! Muny: An Evening with the Stars, A Celebration of Muny 100 with the St. Louis Symphony (staged) and has served as an Associate Director on over 20 Muny productions! Recent directing: Sunset Boulevard, Elf the Musical (Engeman Theater) and Fallingwater (reading for The Met). Recent associate credits: Footloose, Tommy, The Music Man (Kennedy Center), Candide (Carnegie Hall), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Actors Fund), Elf the Musical (MSG and national tour), Jerome Robbins’ Broadway (TUTS), 17 Again (NAMT) and Renascence (Transport Group). Education: University of Michigan and Long Island High School for the Arts. Proud SDC Member. mattwkunkel.com @mattwkunkel
Beth Crandall returns to The Muny after choreographing Matilda last season and serving as associate choreographer for Newsies, West Side Story, My Fair Lady, An Evening with the Stars and Jerome Robbins’ Broadway. She recently choreographed West Side Story for Abilene Opera. Broadway/NYC associate choreography: Gettin’ the Band Back Together, Jerry Springer the Opera, High Button Shoes, The New Yorkers and 1776. Recent associate choreography: Footloose and The Music Man (The Kennedy Center), Because of Winn Dixie and The Drowsy Chaperone (Goodspeed Opera House) and the Gucci Showtime Campaign. As a performer, Beth has been seen on Broadway, in national and international tours, in six Muny shows, on SNL and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Proud member of SDC. www.BethCrandall.com
Music Director / Conductor
Muny: Singin’ in the Rain, A Chorus Line, 42nd Street, My Fair Lady, The Addams Family, Spamalot, Pirates!; The Sound of Music, Beauty and the Beast, Kiss Me, Kate; Oklahoma!; The Music Man, Meet Me In St. Louis, South Pacific, and A Celebration of Muny 100 with the St. Louis Symphony. Music Director for 1776 at NY City Center Encores! Broadway/national tours: Hello, Dolly!; A Christmas Story, The Addams Family, Spamalot, The Full Monty, Cats (conducted final original Broadway performance), Grand Hotel, Falsettos, Big. Carnegie Hall: Sail Away with Elaine Stritch. Choral direction/preparation: Carousel (New York Philharmonic/PBS) and 31 City Center Encores! productions, including: Paint Your Wagon and The Most Happy Fella. Other: Paper Mill Playhouse, 5th Avenue Theatre, Broadway Sacramento, University of Michigan. Recordings: Allegro, Boardwalk Empire (Grammy Award), Merrily We Roll Along.
The Sound of Music reminds us that with high-spirited hope, heartfelt compassion and unwavering determination, life’s mountains can always be climbed. Based on the true story of the von Trapp Family Singers, it tells the tale of young postulant Maria Rainer, whose free spirit has trouble fitting in with the rules and regulations of Austria’s Nonnberg Abbey. Commissioned to serve as the governess for seven motherless children, Maria transforms the von Trapp family home from a place of dour rules and regulations to one filled with joy, with laughter, and with music. In the process, Maria wins the hearts of all seven children–and their widower father, Captain von Trapp. With the Mother Abbess’ blessing, and to the children’s delight, Maria follows her heart, and Maria and the Captain marry. Amidst the threat of Nazi occupation, their Austrian convictions compel Maria, the Captain, and the children to flee Salzburg over the mountains of Switzerland to safety, taking the words of the Mother Abbess to heart: “Climb Every Mountain…’til you find your dream.”
The final collaboration between Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II, The Sound of Music is considered by many to be the world’s most beloved musical. With its Tony, Grammy and Academy Award-winning score, including “Do-Re-Mi,” “My Favorite Things,” “Edelweiss” and the iconic title track “The Sound of Music,” the hills of Forest Park will come alive this summer!
Drugs and Alcohol
Several characters make passing references to alcohol. One character mentions a cigar.
The encroachment of the Nazi regime on Austria is a reoccurring theme.