The Sound of Music

AUGUST 3 – 9

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.

Sponsored by

Muny Maria’s Through the Years

Did you know The Sound of Music made its Muny debut in 1964 — one year before the Academy Award-winning film premiered? Or that Season 103’s staging will be the 11th time the hills of Forest Park have came alive? Here is a look back at a certain headstrong governess through the years.

This content appeared in the March edition of Inside #1 Theatre Drive

Creative Team

Matt Kunkel

Director

Muny: An Evening with the StarsMuny Summer Variety HourA Celebration of Muny 100with the St. Louis Symphony (semi-staged) and an Associate Director on over 20 Muny productions! Recent: Follow the Fellow Who Follows a Dream (92nd Street Y’s Lyrics & Lyricists), Sunset BoulevardElf the Musical (Engeman Theater) and Fallingwater (reading for The Met). Recent associate credits: An Officer and a Gentleman (national tour), The Music ManTommy (Kennedy Center), Candide (Carnegie Hall), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Actors Fund), Elf the Musical (Madison Square Garden and national tour), Jerome Robbins’ Broadway (TUTS), 17 Again (NAMT) and Renascence (Transport Group). Faculty: Governor’s School VA and The Growing Studio. Education: University of Michigan and Long Island High School for the Arts. Proud SDC Member. mattwkunkel.com

Beth Crandall

Choreographer

returns to The Muny after choreographing Matilda for the 101st season! She also served as associate choreographer for NewsiesWest Side StoryMy Fair Lady and Jerome Robbins’ Broadway. Crandall was recently commissioned to choreograph a piece for the Joffrey Ballet School in New York and choreographed West Side Story for Abilene Opera. Broadway/Off-Broadway: Gettin’ the Band Back TogetherHigh Button ShoesThe New Yorkers and 1776. Recent: 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, on national and international tours, in six Muny productions, on SNL and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Proud member of SDC. www.BethCrandall.com

Ben Whiteley

Music Director / Conductor

Muny: Singin’ in the RainA Chorus Line42nd Street, My Fair LadyThe Addams FamilySpamalotPirates!The Sound of MusicBeauty and the BeastKiss Me, KateOklahoma!The Music ManMeet Me In St. LouisSouth 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 StoryThe Addams FamilySpamalotThe Full MontyCats (conducted final original Broadway performance), Grand Hotel, FalsettosBig. 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: AllegroBoardwalk Empire (Grammy Award), Merrily We Roll Along.

Show Guidelines

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!

Language

None.

Sexual Innuendo

None.

Drugs and Alcohol

Several characters make passing references to alcohol. One character mentions a cigar.

Violence

None.

Mature Content

The encroachment of the Nazi regime on Austria is a reoccurring theme.