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Coming Soon: The Sound of Music

Kerstin Anderson. Photo by Matthew Murphy.
The wait is over! Jack O'Brien's new and lavish tour of The Sound of  Music is here in L.A. at the Ahmanson Theatre starring Broadway favorites, Ben Davis ("La Boheme", "Violet", "A Little Night Music") and Ashley Brown ("Mary Poppins"), as Captain von Trapp and The Mother Abbess respectively.  Alongside newcomer, Kerstin Anderson, as Maria Rainer, they helm this production that is currently in previews before the grand opening on Wednesday, 30 September 2015, at 8pm.

Ashley Brown. Photo by Matthew Murphy.
Need a reason to come to see this new production of Sound of Music? Two words - Ben Davis. I have had the pleasure of following Mr. Davis' career since December 1999 when he was in the ensemble of the 3rd national tour of Les Miserables.  Yes, almost 16 years! And what a career he has continued to have doing everything from Baz Luhrmann's La Boheme on Broadway, Kiss Me Kate at the Royal Albert Hall, to Kenneth Branagh's film version of The Magic Flute.  Time and time again the work of Rodgers and Hammerstein has drawn Davis back and there is no doubt that his voice was made for such lush and gorgeous scores. In 2012, he played Capt. von Trapp at the Paper Mill Playhouse where Talkin' Broadway said:
Ben Davis plays the role of Captain von Trapp less stiffly than previous interpreters. His is an effective interpretation as it makes for an unusually human Georg without denaturing his pain or the cold rigidity of his behavior. He smoothly and seamlessly integrates his lyrics with his dialogue. The lovely "Edelweiss" (the last lyric written by Oscar Hammerstein) caps his outstanding musical performance.
Ben Davis as Capt. von Trapp. Photo by Matthew Murphy.
And if the rich chocolate voice of our Captain von Trapp, Ben Davis, is not enticing enough, Director Jack O'Brien promises a new and refreshing production.
"People are so familiar with the show that I think they're perfectly happy to let it go by without asking any questions. There's a passivity to how we experience The Sound of Music. I want to take the text and question it. Without violating anyone's expectations and without rewriting anything, there's a lot of unexplored territory here."
I look forward to bringing you my review after next week's opening night and all the best of wishes to the cast! If you would like to join The Joyous Living in seeing The Sound of Music, get your tickets fast!

Tickets (prices start at $25):  (213) 972-4400
Location: The Music Center, 135 N. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, 90012
Parking: $9 (Grand Avenue entrance)