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8 Our Favorite Thing T his is a ‘Sound of Music’ you may not have heard before, and its questions are, perhaps, more relevant than ever. By Janet Roberts The Sound of Music 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23 2 & 7:30 p.m. Nov. 24
UPCOMING EVENTS 12 Lewis Black
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THE SOUND OF MUSIC | 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23; 2 & 7:30 p.m. Nov. 24
This is a Sound of Music you may not have heard before, and its questions are, perhaps, more relevant than ever. By Janet Roberts 8 COBB ENERGY PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE | COBBENERGYCENTRE.COM
The show’s big themes — what you stand for, what your principles are and what it costs you to stand up for them — are just as timely and pertinent today as they were then and in
YOU’RE PROBABLY NO STRANGER to The Sound of Music. You’ve likely seen the movie and may have sung along with the live TV version in 2013. Did you croon “Edelweiss” as Captain von Trapp in high school, or count your favorite things as Maria or stand sailor-straight as a von Trapp kid? Then what might a new production of this time-honored musical have to show you? Plenty, says director Matt Lenz. This tour, now in its fourth season, restores two songs cut from the movie (and many stage productions) and moves two others to their rightful, original spots in the story. Expect a show that
1959 when The Sound of Music opened on Broadway. —MATT LENZ
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They sought to create a show that would be both fresh and familiar. “The film took out more of the adult, politically aware and sophisticated part of the storyline and focused on Maria, von Trapp and the kids, on the romance,” Lenz says. “It didn’t really focus on the political and social underpinnings of what was happening in 1938 in Austria. “That date jumped out at us when we started on this in 2015,” he says. “We looked at what was happening in our own country at the time and asked, ‘What was driving a lot of people back then in Austria?’” Lenz was associate director on this production, created by Tony Award-winning director Jack O’Brien (Hairspray, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Coast of Utopia) along with choreographer Danny Mefford (Dear Evan Hansen, Fun Home, Bridges of Madison County) and musical supervisor Andy Einhorn (Hello, Dolly!, Bullets Over Broadway, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, The Light in the Piazza). “Our version absolutely delivers the joy
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more fully reflects the cultural and political realities faced by Austrians and others in 1938 Europe. And as a reminder: The von Trapps were a real family that eventually settled in Stowe, Vt. The stage musical bears a message that has become ever more relevant and urgent in today’s highly charged political atmosphere, Lenz says. “Most people’s reference has more to do with the movie version than the stage play,” he says, referencing the 1965 film with Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. “Since the movie, many productions have taken liberties with the book and music to reflect how the movie was directed or to incorporate things that were in the movie but not in the original version.” The team behind this Sound of Music returned to the 1959 original — with music and lyrics by the storied team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II (Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I), and a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse.
and fun of singing with the children, of the blooming romance between Maria and von Trapp and the restorative emotional energy she brings to the von Trapp family,” he says. “But, we’ve also restored parts that usually get cut because people say it’s too adult or too sophisticated. In bringing back the adult concerns, we were amazed to discover how relevant The Sound of Music becomes.” The show’s big themes — what you stand for, what your principles are and what it costs you to stand up for them — are just as timely and pertinent today as they were then and in 1959, when The Sound of Music opened on Broadway, Lenz says. Sound of Music devotees who know every movie line and lyric will notice some differences, and they aren’t just artistic license. This staging brings back the songs “How Can Love Survive?” and “No Way to Stop It” (both sung by Elsa Schraeder, Max Detweiler and Captain von Trapp) and restores two well-known songs to their rightful places in the story.
Historically, “The Lonely Goatherd” is what Maria sings to calm the children during the thunderstorm. “It makes so much more sense there,” Lenz says. “She’s singing the loudest song she can think of to distract the children, and she’s yodeling.” “My Favorite Things” is a vehicle for a deeper understanding between Maria and the formidable Mother Abbess. “Maria sings this song in the abbey, and Mother Abbess sings it with her. It becomes a lovely bonding moment between the two as she reveals she, too, grew up in the mountains and loves them, and we learn that she’s human.” Moments like that continue to surface as the show moves into the first leg of its new tour season. “The more we work on it, the more it reveals itself as a deeply human piece rich with politics and money and relationships and family and spirituality,” Lenz says. “These are the things we all care about. It will surprise you.”
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LEWIS BLACK: THE JOKE’S ON US | 8 p.m. Nov. 2
ALL THE RAGE
rammy Award-winning stand-up comic Lewis Black is among the
more prolific, popular and caustic performers working today — as a comedian, author, playwright, actor and social critic. For fans, his live performances are a cathartic release of anger and disillusionment. He’s a passionate performer who is a more of an angry optimist than mean-spirited curmudgeon. He’s a comic who can cause members of an audience to laugh themselves into incontinence while making salient points about the absurdity of our world. Black, now 70, rants about history, politics, religion and any other cultural trends that tick him off. He uses sarcasm, hyperbole, shouting, profanity (be forewarned) and his trademark finger-shaking to bring emphasis to his discussions. He once described his humor as “being on the Titanic every single day and being the only person who knows what is going to happen.”
Black became famous with his appearances on “The Daily Show” in 1996. Those led to comedy specials on HBO, Comedy Central, Showtime and Epix. In 2001, he won best male stand-up at the American Comedy Awards. He’s released eight albums, including Grammy Award winners Carnegie Hall Performance (2007) and Stark Raving Black (2008). He’s published three bestselling books: Nothing’s Sacred (Simon & Schuster, 2005), Me of Little Faith (Riverhead Books, 2008) and I’m Dreaming of a Black Christmas (Riverhead Books, 2010). In 2012, he performed eight sell-out shows at Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre. In 2015, he voiced the character of Anger in the Oscar-winning Pixar movie Inside Out. Black’s The Rant Is Due live-streams on Audible. It includes behind-the-scenes moments from his tour bus and occasional phone calls to people behind the rants. From hate for pickles to disdain for online dating, his humor tries to channel the rage of 300 million neighbors.
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THE ATLANTA OPERA'S WEST SIDE STORY | Nov. 3-11
TONIGHT! TONIGHT! West Side Story is legendary. Start with its creators. Dance master Jerome Robbins conceived, then directed and choreographed the 1957 Broadway original. Composing genius Leonard Bernstein wrote the score. And Stephen Sondheim, then a new kid on the musicaltheater block, wrote the lyrics. They used Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet as inspiration and New York City’s neighborhoods as their setting. At first, the team thought they’d focus on embattled religious factions — as in a Catholics-versusJews during Easter/Passover kind of thing. Newspaper reports in the intervening months — each creator was simultaneously working on other projects — convinced them to explore the rise of gangs. The world then met the Sharks (Puerto Rican immigrants ) and the Jets (poor, thuggish American kids). Musical theater, and opera, have never been the same since. So you see? Legendary.
West Side Story, darker than most musicals of its day, opened the same season as The Music Man, Jamaica, Oh Captain! and New Girl in Town. It won only two Tony awards — for Robbins’ choreography and Oliver Smith’s scenic design, losing the coveted best musical title to The Music Man, a decidedly simpler, sunnier look at American life and love. Four years later, when it became an Academy Award-winning movie, West Side Story collected 10 Oscars, including best picture. The stage version has been revived on Broadway four times to date, most recently in 2009, when some of the lyrics in songs for the Sharks and their girls were translated to Spanish. Not here, though. The Jets and Sharks still clash regularly on stages throughout America, many in high school gymnasiums and auditoriums. And more recently, on the opera stage. The 61-year-old musical has not lost its snap.
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INA GARTEN | 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13
A DEPENDABLY DELICIOUS CONVERSATION "How easy is that?"
That's Ina Garten's trademark phrase, offered after she pulls together a quick lunch for friends or a Friday-night dinner for husband Jeffrey. If you’ve seen her Food Network show, “The Barefoot Contessa,” you’ve heard it before. But, she also could be describing the way she fell into the food world 30 years ago. “I had no idea what I was getting into,” she writes on her website. “In 1978, I was working in the White House Office of Management and Budget and thinking, ‘I've got to do something more creative and fun than writing nuclear energy budgets!’” Although she had no professional food experience, she made a lowball offer on a specialty food store in East Hampton, N.Y. The owner accepted, and Garten turned the Barefoot Contessa into a destination stop for specialty foods. That success led to a string of bestselling cookbooks, her Food Network gig (now in its 14th season), a line of branded food products and a permanent star in the culinary heavens. Garten sits down with a moderator in her Cobb Energy Centre visit, and audience members will be able to ask her any number of questions. Expect her to talk about her life and travels and offer behind-the-scenes tidbits about writing cookbooks and filming “Barefoot Contessa.” Her latest cookbook, titled Cook Like a Pro: Recipes and Tips for the Home Cook (Clarkson Potter, 272 pages, $35) came out
in October. It’s a guidebook for turning everyday cooks into intuitive, inventive chefs. She reinvents classic dishes like buttermilk fried chicken, iceberg wedge salads and baked Alaska, and presents 85 new recipes, all designed for modern kitchens and cooking skills. Fans can buy signed copies at the event or order ahead. As Garten might say, "How awesome is that?"
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DAY6 | 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14
he five-member South Korean rock band DAY6 often gets classified as "K-pop," or Korean pop, which blends pop, electronic, hip-hop and other influences into a danceable genre. It’s designed to reflect and be distinct from two countries that have most affected Korean culture and history: Japan and the United States. DAY6 defies the usual expectations with a musical style that moves from romantic ballads on songs like "Beautiful Feeling" and "I Like You," to stadium-rock power anthems like "Shoot Me." DAY6 hit the South Korean music scene in 2015, after being put together by the talent agency JYP Entertainment. Its members — Jae (lead vocalist, guitarist, rapper); Sungjin (leader, main vocalist, rhythm guitarist); Young K (bassist, vocalist, rapper); Wonpil (synthesizer, keyboardist, vocalist); and Dowoon (drummer) — are all in their early to mid-20s.
One aspect that distinguishes K-pop from other genres is its strong identification with a fan base. Like other South Korean bands, DAY6 has its own fan club, called My Day. The artists connected with fans on a meetand-greet tour across North America in 2017. This metro Atlanta appearance closes out the group’s first world tour, titled Youth. Day6’s artists are fine with fans who follow them closely. "I don’t personally use the term ‘idol band,’ but I don’t necessarily think it’s a bad thing,” lead singer Jae said during a London stop in 2018. “The term ‘idol’ means to be looked up to, and I’m good with that." "If the music is good and you’re confident, it won’t matter which title tags along," keyboardist Wonpil said. "Also, being called ‘idol’ by anyone [makes me] grateful because there are people who get motivation from our music. It gives us a reason to behave well, but I think this actually makes me a better person."
IL DIVO | 8 p.m. Nov. 21
THE TIMELESS TOUR There are boy bands, there are cover bands and then there is Il Divo. The international classical-crossover quartet (two tenors, one baritone and a pop singer) celebrates its 15th anniversary of singing contemporary music with classically trained voices on a world tour behind its newest album, Timeless (Decca Gold). The group’s seventh album is a lush mash-up of pop tunes, songs from movie soundtracks and covers of a few entries straight from the Great American Songbook. It’s not your average cover album, though. All the songs were written in English, but Il Divo sings only a few that way. Still, you don’t have to be fluent in Spanish to recognize rafter-rattling renditions of Adele’s “Hello” (titled “Hola” on Timeless) or “Aquí Esperándote” (Il Divo's version of “My Heart Will Go On”). And if you can’t quite figure out why “Grazie Amore Mio” sounds familiar, just
know it’s Il Divo's Italian re-creation of the title song from Love Story. Il Divo — Swiss tenor Urs Bühler, German-born Spanish baritone Carlos Marín, American tenor David Miller and French pop singer Sébastien Izambard — were discovered in 1983 by “American Idol’s” Simon Cowell, who became their mentor. The vocal group has sold out four world tours to date and sold more than 30 million albums. It has earned 160 gold and platinum albums in 33 countries and was the first classical-crossover artist to debut an album at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart. The concert will feature plenty of tunes from Timeless, of course, and from Il Divo’s vast catalog. Audiences also will see dancers, acrobats and other surprises. The name “Il Divo” means “the celebrity” in Italian. Fits, doesn’t it?
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SOULFUL SOUNDS OF CHRISTMAS | 6:30 p.m. Nov. 25
CELEBRATE WITH WILL DOWNING & FRIENDS
&B vocalist Will Downing returns this holiday season, bringing with him two like-minded guests — fellow vocalists Eric Benét & Eric Roberson. Let their soulful sounds soothe your Christmas spirit. Downing, whose career as a Grammynominated singer-songwriter-producer dates to the early 1980s, is known for his powerful baritone and his dedication to a sophisticated mix of soul and jazz. He’s attracted a devoted fan base that doesn’t
want to hear hip-hop, and he’s been a mainstay on urban adult contemporary radio for decades. Downing, now 54, grew up in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood and began his professional career recording backup vocals for Jennifer Holliday, Nona Hendryx and Rose Royce. He signed a solo deal with Island Records in 1988 and hasn’t looked back. Benét, a 48-year-old Wisconsin native once married to actress Halle Berry, first sang as a teenager with his sister and cousin in a group named, appropriately, Benét. Its one album went unnoticed and, in the early 1990s, he went solo. He’s recorded nine albums and earned multiple Grammy Award nominations. His 1999 release A Day in the Life won a Soul Train Music Award for best R&B/ soul album, male. He was seen in the Mariah Carey feature film Glitter (2001) and may be best known for his Billboard hit single “Spend My Life With You” featuring Tamia. Robertson, at 42, is the youngest of the three. The Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter has mostly gone the independent route. The New Jersey native began his career as a teenager, took a break to finish his musical theater degree at Howard University and then returned to R&B.
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KEITH & KRISTYN GETTY | 7:30 p.m. Nov. 28
SING! AN IRISH CHRISTMAS
reland’s Keith and Kristyn Getty are two of the most prolific and popular writers of 21st-century Christian hymns, including the modern classic “In Christ Alone.” They were born and raised in Northern Island, married in 2004 and, with their children, now split their time between homes in Northern Ireland and Nashville. Their first holiday album, Joy: An Irish Christmas, came out in 2011 and reached the Top 10 of the Billboard Christian and holiday album charts. They’ve produced similar albums since then. This holiday marks the couple’s seventh annual Christmas tour. (The concert version, carried by public television, has been seen in more than 45 million homes over the years.) The concert features Irish dancers and a fusion of Celtic, bluegrass, Americana, modern, classical and choral music performed by the Gettys and their band
of instrumentalists — on drums, fiddles, bagpipes, flute, harp and bodhran (a traditional Irish frame drum). As a Washington, D.C., reviewer put it: “You haven’t heard ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman’ until you’ve heard it performed with a lively Celtic flair, ending with two multitalented women laying aside their instruments to step dance their way to the end of the song.” “All of the songs are lovely, and the various reels that are included in some of them make them so beautifully Irish,” one fan said. “I especially love ‘An Irish Christmas Blessing,’ so perfect in its simplicity, yet with a message of comfort and hope in Christ.” We can’t promise “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” but it’s certainly possible. So are “Irish Christmas Blessing” and such tunes as “Here We Come A-Wassailing,” “Joy to the World” and the more sacred “Jesus, Joy of the Highest Heaven.”
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ANNIE LEIBOVITZ | 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29
A PHOTOGRAPHER AT WORK You can call Annie Leibovitz many things: a portraitist, an observer
of modern life, a chronicler of faces well-known and obscure. The Library of Congress has designated her a Living Legend. Just don’t call her a celebrity photographer. “I can’t stand the word ‘celebrity,’” she told The Telegraph during a UK appearance in 2016. “It’s such a brash word. I do work for magazines that have a lot of celebrities in them, but I photograph people from all walks of life, and I photograph people because I am interested in what they do.” In the 48 years since Leibovitz photographed John Lennon for the
cover of Rolling Stone, her name has become indelibly linked to an array of famous faces (Richard Nixon, Queen Elizabeth, Kendrick Lamar, Caitlyn Jenner, Amy Schumer and many more). Her latest book, a revised and expanded edition of her 2008 edition of Annie Leibovitz at Work (Phaidon), speaks to young photographers and viewers of her photographs who want to know the stories behind the stories of how she captured what appears. The new book comes out days before her Atlanta appearance and forms the background for her talk, during which she’ll discuss selected photos and talk about her philosophy of photojournalism. The Cobb Energy Centre appearance is her only stop in metro Atlanta. Does Leibovitz, 69, have a life philosophy? “Not really,” she says. “Work hard, be with your family. It doesn’t really add up to anything I’d embroider on a pillow. I try to be home for dinner, but I’m not there enough. I sometimes feel I’m still fumbling, getting it wrong, but I make my way.”
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DAVE KOZ & FRIENDS CHRISTMAS 2018 | 8 p.m. Nov. 30
CHRISTMAS WITH A KOZ GREG ALLEN
Jazz saxophonist Dave Koz takes to the road almost as regularly as Santa Claus. On this Christmas tour — his 21st — KEIKO MATSUI he’s joined by pop/blues saxophonistsinger Mindi Abair, South African singer-guitarist Jonathan Butler and Japanese fusion keyboardist Keiko Matsui. And he introduces R&B vocalist Sheléa. Sheléa (last name Frazier) is an American singer, songwriter, pianist, composer and producer who cites Whitney Houston as her musical inspiration and Stevie Wonder as a mentor (she performed with him at the White House).
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She and the others now belong to a starry list of artists with whom Koz has collaborated throughout his career, a lineup that touches on pop, Latin pop, rock, country, blues, soul and jazz, and includes Burt Bacharach, Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Celine Dion, Gloria Estefan, the Foo Fighters, Shelby Lynne, Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald, Rod Stewart, U2, Luther Vandross and Stevie Wonder. Building on the success of last year’s 20th anniversary tour, the 2018 version promises fresh renditions of Christmas classics, a Hanukkah medley and tunes from the Koz catalog.
“By all rights,” The New York Times said in writing about the tours, “smooth jazz should own the holiday season, and the saxophonist Dave Koz is better positioned than anyone to make it so.” Koz, who’s 55 and has been kicking it in the jazz scene for almost 30 years, has been nominated for nine Grammy awards and has had nine No. 1 albums on Billboard’s Current Contemporary Jazz Album chart, including the popular Dave Koz Collaborations 25th Anniversary Collection (2015). His obsession with the saxophone began a long time ago. He learned it as a way to get into his big brother’s band.
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THE PIANO GUYS | 2:30 & 8 p.m. Dec. 1
hat do you get when you mix a marketing expert who does video, a studio engineer who writes music, a pianist with a solo career and a multitalented cellist? You get the Piano Guys — producervideographer Paul Anderson, pianistsongwriter Jon Schmidt, cellist-songwriter Steven Sharp Nelson and music producersongwriter Al van der Beek — all from Utah and all intent on making a positive impact on people through music videos. The name “Piano Guys” comes from a store in St. George, Utah, where owner Anderson dreamed of showcasing his pianos in videos that would go viral. Schmidt, in town for a concert, came in looking for a place to practice. He and Nelson had shared a stage once upon a time. Van der Beek connected with the others when he invited Nelson to see his decked-out home studio. That was 2010. Since 2011, the Piano Guys have made more than 65 music
videos, including their biggest hit, a 10-handed version of One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful.” By 2012, this 21st-century multimedia collective was known worldwide for its YouTube musicvideo mash-ups. Its channel became one of the most visited on the planet. TPG, as the collective is known, produced its first holiday album in 2013. A Family Christmas features 12 tracks, mostly songs we all know — “Angels We Have Heard on High,” “Good King Wenceslas,” “Let It Snow,” “Still, Still, Still,” “Away in a Manger.” The difference lies in the sound. “Our story is a miracle,” they say on their website. “We’re just a bunch of ordinary guys playing classically influenced instrumental music in videos that showcase incredible locations. We do not take credit for our successes. We thank God, our families and the people who have supported us by sharing our videos and purchasing our music.”
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MARQUEE NETWORKS PRESENTATIONS presents
OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II
Book by HOWARD LINDSAY and RUSSEL CROUSE Suggested by The Trapp Family Singers by Maria Augusta Trapp with JILL-CHRISTINE WILEY HUNTER BROWN
ETHAN DOUGLAS CUTILLO RILEY O’KANE JENNA SEASHOLTZ QUINN TITCOMB EDWARD TURNER ALEXANDRA BRADLEY
EMILY STRUGATSKY HENRY FIN BERRY
BRYAN AUSTERMANN TOMMY BETZ MORGAN BLANCHARD NICHOLAS CARROLL ELAINE COTTER SCOTT FUSS KELLY GLYPTIS STEPHANIE GRAY LEAH GREENE JORDYN NORKEY JAMES TAYLOR ODOM JAMES PARKS JOSHUA CLIFTON POWELL JILLIAN ROSSI CHRISTINA TOMPKINS ARIANA VALDES TERESA WHITT
Scenic Designer DOUGLAS W. SCHMIDT Costume Coordinator JIMM HALLIDAY Orchestrations by ROBERT RUSSELL BENNETT Production Stage Manager MARY DENNIS General Manager Gentry & Associates JAMEY JENNINGS
Costume Designer JANE GREENWOOD
Lighting Designer NATASHA KATZ
Hair and Wig Designer BERNIE ARDIA
Music Coordinator JOHN MEZZIO
Casting by STEWART/WHITLEY CHRISTINE McKENNA, CSA Tour Booking THE ROAD COMPANY
Tour Press & Marketing BROADWAY BOOKING OFFICE NYC
Executive Producer TRINITY WHEELER
Sound Designer SHANNON SLATON Music Director/Conductor MICHAEL GILDIN Dance & Vocal Arrangements by TRUDE RITTMANN Company Manager ANNE CAPE Production Manager NETworks Presentations EMMA DOWNEY
ANDY EINHORN Choreography Recreated by
JONATHAN WARREN Original Choreography by
DANNY MEFFORD Directed by
MATT LENZ Original Direction by
JACK O’BRIEN Produced by Special Arrangement with Rodgers & Hammerstein: A Concord Music Company, Crouse Literary Properties Company LLC and The Howard Lindsay Trust www.TheSoundofMusicOnTour.com
CAST AND MUSICIANS (in order of appearance) The Mother Abbess . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LAUREN KIDWELL Maria Rainer, a Postulant at Nonnberg Abbey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JILL-CHRISTINE WILEY Sister Berthe, Mistress of Novices. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ARIANA VALDES Sister Margaretta, Mistress of Postulants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TERESA WHITT Sister Sophia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ELAINE COTTER Captain Georg von Trapp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MIKE McLEAN Franz, The Butler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SCOTT FUSS Frau Schmidt, the housekeeper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .STEPHANIE GRAY Liesl LAUREN O’BRIEN Friedrich EDWARD TURNER Louisa JENNA SEASHOLTZ Kurt ETHAN DOUGLAS CUTILLO Children of Captain von Trapp Brigitta EMILY STRUGATSKY Marta RILEY O’KANE Gretl QUINN EDEN TITCOMB Rolf Gruber . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HUNTER BROWN Elsa Schraeder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . KATE TURNER Ursula . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JILLIAN ROSSI Max Detweiler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JAKE MILLS Herr Zeller . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JAMES PARKS Baron Elberfeld . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BRYAN AUSTERMANN Baroness Elberfeld . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ARIANA VALDES A New Postulant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JILLIAN ROSSI Admiral von Schreiber . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JAMES TAYLOR ODOM Neighbors of Captain von Trapp, Nuns, Novices, Postulants and Contestants at the Festival Concert . . . . . BRYAN AUSTERMANN, TOMMY BETZ, MORGAN BLANCHARD,ELAINE COTTER, SCOTT FUSS, KELLYL GLYPTIS, STEPHANIE GRAY, LEAH GREENE, JORDYN NORKEY, JAMES TAYLOR ODOM, JAMES PARKS, JILLIAN ROSSI, ARIANA VALDES, TERESA WHITT
SWINGS NICHOLAS CARROLL, CHRISTINA TOMPKINS UNDERSTUDIES Understudies never substitute for the listed players unless a specific posting or announcement is made at the time of the performance. For Maria Rainer - ELAINE COTTER, JILLIAN ROSSI, TERESA WHITT; for The Mother Abbess KELLY GLYPTIS, ARIANA VALDES; for Captain Georg von Trapp - NICHOLAS CAROLL, JAMES TAYLOR ODOM; for Liesl - LEAH GREENE; for Friedrich - HENRY FIN BERRY; for Louisa - EMILY STRUGATSKY; for Kurt - HENRY FIN BERRY; for Brigitta - RILEY O’KANE; for Marta ALEXANDRA BRADLEY; for Gretl - ALEXANDRA BRADLEY; for Rolf Gruber - TOMMY BETZ, MORGAN BLANCHARD; for Max Detweiler - JAMES TAYLOR ODOM, JAMES PARKS; for Elsa Schraeder - JORDYN NORKEY, CHRISTINA TOMPKINS. Dance Captain: ELANIE COTTER ORCHESTRA Music Director/Conductor/Keyboards: MICHAEL GILDIN; Assistant Conductor/Keyboards: MILES PLANT; Violin/Concertmaster: VICTORIA HURLBURT; Violin: ANNIE SOPHIE ANDERSEN; Cello: EARLE PEREZ; Flute/Piccolo/Clarinet: MICHAEL ROSEN; Clarinet/Oboe: TERRY HALVORSON; Bassoon/Clarinet: ANNA ROSEN; French Horn: REBECCA FATHMAN; Trumpet/Flugelhorn: NICHOLAS BERRY; Drums/Percussion: BRIAN GANCH; Musical Coordinator: JOHN MEZZIO
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MUSICAL NUMBERS AND SCENES ACT I Scene 1: The Nonnberg Abbey Preludium . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Nuns of the Nonnberg Abbey Scene 2: A Mountainside Near the Abbey The Sound of Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Maria Scene 3: The Office of the Mother Abbess, the next morning Maria . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sisters Berthe, Sophia, Margaretta and Mother Abbess My Favorite Things . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Maria and Mother Abbess Scene 4: A Corridor in the Abbey Reprise: My Favorite Things . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Maria Scene 5: The Living Room of the Trapp Villa, that afternoon Do-Re-Mi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Maria and the Children Scene 6: Outside the Villa, that evening Sixteen Going On Seventeen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rolf and Liesl Scene 7: Mariaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bedroom, later that evening The Lonely Goatherd . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Maria and the Children Scene 8: The Terrace of the Villa, six weeks later How Can Love Survive? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Max, Elsa and Capt. von Trapp Reprise: The Sound of Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Children and Capt. von Trapp Scene 9: The Living Room, one week later So Long, Farewell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Children Scene 10: A Corridor in the Abbey Morning Hymn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Nuns Scene 11: The Office of the Mother Abbess, three days later Climb Evâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ry Mountain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mother Abbess ACT II Scene 1: The Terrace, the same day Reprise: My Favorite Things . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Children and Maria No Way To Stop It . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Elsa, Max and Capt. von Trapp Something Good . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Maria and Capt. von Trapp Scene 2: The Office of the Mother Abbess, two weeks later Gadeamus Domino . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Nuns Scene 3: The Cathedral at Nonnberg Abbey, immediately following Reprise: Maria . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Nuns Confitemini Domino . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Nuns Reprise: Something Good . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Maria and Capt. von Trapp Scene 4: The Living Room, one month later Reprise: Sixteen Going On Seventeen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Maria and Liesl Scene 5: The Concert Hall Stage, Kaltzberg, three days later Reprise: Do-Re-Mi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Maria, Capt. von Trapp and the Children Edelweiss . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Capt. von Trapp, Maria and the Children Reprise: So Long, Farewell . . . . . . . . . . Maria, the Children and Capt. von Trapp Scene 6: The Garden of the Abbey, that night Finale Ultimo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Company There will be one 20-minute intermission The use of any recording device, either audio or video, and the taking of photographs, either with or without flash, is strictly prohibited. Please turn off all electronic devices such as cell phones and pagers prior to the beginning of the performance. I-6 COBB ENERGY PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE | COBBENERGYCENTRE.COM
BIOS JILL-CHRISTINE WILEY (Maria Rainer) returns to the hills of Austria for a second year! A native of Lancaster, PA, she feels delighted to be a part of this iconic show! National Tours: Beauty and The Beast (u/s Belle, Ensemble). Regional: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel (Carrie Pipperidge), Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Ariel), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Belle), The Fantasticks (Luisa), Little Women (Beth). Love and thanks to NETworks, Stewart/Whitley Casting, Gregg Baker Mgt., the company of SOM, family and friends. @jilljcw #liveinthehappy MIKE McLEAN (Captain Georg von Trapp) is excited to share this experience with you! It’s wonderful to tell a story that the whole family can enjoy. National Tours: Guys and Dolls (Benny), Saturday Night Fever (Frank Jr.). Off-Broadway: Ziegfeld’s Midnight Frolic (Jack Pickford), 90210: The Musical (u/s Dylan Mckay). Regional: Brigadoon (Tommy), Life Could Be a Dream (Wally). @the.other. mclean, mikemcleanofficial.com HUNTER BROWN (Rolf Gruber) was born and raised in Orlando, FL and received his BFA in musical theatre from Elon University. National Tour: Fame: The Musical (Nick Piazza). Select Regional credits: Oklahoma! (Curly), Damn Yankees (Joe Hardy), The Fantasticks (Matt), The Rocky Horror Show (Eddie), Grease (Danny) and Mame (Patrick). Hunter has also headlined on Norwegian Cruise Lines with The Company Men: America’s First Mash-Up Group. @BrunterHown LAUREN KIDWELL (The Mother Abbess) is very excited to join The Sound of Music! MFA in Musical Theatre from Boston Conservatory. Credits: Ragtime (Mother), My Heart in a Suitcase (Mutti), Jesus Christ Superstar (Mary Magdalene), Smile (featured performer, Boston Gay Men’s Chorus), Franc D’Ambrosio’s Broadway: Songs of the Great White Way, Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Lauren is grateful to the Lord and her family for their continued love and support! Love never fails. laurenkidwell.net JAKE MILLS (Max Detweiler) is thrilled to be back on the road with NETworks and to continue his journey with this beloved classic. National Tour: Annie (directed by original lyricist, Martin Charnin). Regional: Holiday Inn (Danny), Parade (Watson/ Starnes), Jekyll & Hyde (Bishop), 1776 (Joseph Hewes), The Drowsy Chaperone (Mr. Feldzieg), Joseph…Dreamcoat (Reuben/ Butler), Spamalot (Bedevere), Avenue Q (Nicky/Trekkie). Thank you NETworks, Stewart/Whitley and the entire SOM family
for this humbling opportunity. For Mom, Dad, Tess and Matt. @mrjakemills LAUREN O’BRIEN (Liesl) is honored to be in her first national tour! Regional: Dames at Sea, South Pacific, The Murder Room. BFA from SUNY Fredonia. Thanks to her NYC family, grandparents, TSOM team and Stewart/Whitley. Especially grateful for Mom, Dad and Kevin. KATE TURNER (Elsa Schraeder) is thrilled to be a part of The Sound of Music national tour with this fantastic company. Kate was last seen in Ogunquit Playhouse’s production of Ragtime. National Tours: Ragtime (Mother), Camelot (Nimue). Regional: A Christmas Story (Mother), Legally Blonde (Elle Woods), A Chorus Line (Val), The Marvelous Wonderettes (Cindy Lou), All My Sons (Anne Deever), Annie Get Your Gun (Annie Oakley). Kate is a proud graduate of the Penn State BFA Musical Theatre program. Thanks to family, friends and my mother Debbie for all of the inspiration and support! @thekateturner ETHAN DOUGLAS CUTILLO (Kurt). From Clarks Summit, PA, Ethan is thrilled to make his national tour debut. Regional credits include: Rags (David), Mary Poppins (Ensemble). He gives thanks to Danny Marx and Colin Holmes for starting him on the path to this great opportunity. Much love and thanks to all his family, especially to Mom, Dad and his sister, Carolyn, for all their help and support. RILEY O’KANE (Marta, u/s Brigitta) is thrilled to be making her national tour debut. Riley is a 4th grader at Green Meadow Elementary School (East Greenbush, NY). Recent credits: Annie (Orphan) Mac-Haydn Theater, Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka (Oompa Loompa/Candy Girl), Peter Pan (Tinkerbell). Special Riley hugs to all who inspire her: Emma, Lisa, Charles, The Mac-Haydn Family, Andrew, Mom, Dad. JENNA SEASHOLTZ (Louisa) is thrilled to make her national tour debut! Credits: Walnut Street Theatre: Annie (Annie), Wizard of Oz (Munchkin). Regional: Gypsy (Baby June), Street Scene (Mary Hildebrand), White Christmas (Susan Waverly), SOM (Gretl). Thanks to God, Stewart/Whitley, the entire SOM team, Naomi Kolstein Bohemia, Michelle Thompson BMG, Kathy Johnston, Danceworks, Jacqueline Ballarin Studios. Love to my family and friends! @jennaseasholtz EMILY STRUGATSKY (Brigitta, u/s Louisa). A 10-year-old from Brooklyn, NY, is honored to make her Tour debut. Stage credits: People’s Garden and Junie B. Jones with Pixie
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Dust Theater, Annie Jr. with Kidz Theater. Emily would love to thank her entire team of coaches who have helped her live her dream and for pushing her to the next level. Special thanks you to her Manager Mallory Levi and to her family for their unconditional love and support. Instagram: Emily.Strugatsky; emilystrugatsky.com QUINN TITCOMB (Gretl), age 6 from South Florida, is thrilled to be joining the cast of The Sound of Music! Credits: Waitress (Lulu), Broadway National Tour. Quinn enjoys swimming, learning and playing with her friends. Thanks to Connecting Talent Company and Carson-Adler Agency for believing in her. Big hugs to her parents, family, friends and teachers. EDWARD TURNER (Friedrich) is thrilled to join the cast. National Tour: A Christmas Story The Musical (Ralphie). Regional: Mary Poppins (Michael Banks), Beat Bugs (Jay), Oliver! (Orphan). Semifinalist, Hal Leonard Children’s Musical Theatre Competition. Thanks to NETworks, Matt, Christine, Bercy Talent, Amelia, Danny, his 6th grade pals, brothers, Mom and Dad. @edwardbturner ALEXANDRA BRADLEY (u/s Marta, u/s Gretl) is thrilled to join the cast of The Sound of Music. Credits/Off-Broadway: High School Musical (Kratnoff); Legally Blonde (Pilar), Dance Divas World Premiere (Kendra); Show and Tell U.S. Premiere (Harriett); Annie (Molly). Special thanks to NETworks Tours, Matt Lenz, Theresa Pittius, David JV Meenan, Karen Lampiasi, Kerri Krilla and family. HENRY FIN BERRY (u/s Friedrich, u/s Kurt). National tour Debut! Credits: A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant, Newsies (Les), Peter Pan (Michael), A Christmas Story (Grover Dill), Dance Divas Nutcracker (Timmy). Competitive dancer at Kick Dance Studios (national title winner, 2017 and 2018). Member of NYC Tap Crew with Thommie Retter and Koin and Kids training program. Thank you to my Kick Family, Katie Kurkemelis, Katie O’Toole, Justin Reamy, Badine Magaziner, Stewart/Whitley, NETworks, Jody Prusan, Nancy Carson, and especially Mom, Dad and Sadie. BRYAN AUSTERMANN (Baron Elberfeld). National Tour debut! Regional: The Bridges of Madison County (Michael). Cruise Lines: Disney Cruise Line, Holland America Line. Many thanks to the entire Sound of Music team, Baker Management, Stewart/Whitley, and his family and friends. BFA, NYU Tisch. Pass It On. @bryanaustermann TOMMY BETZ (Ensemble, u/s Rolf). National tour debut! Regional: Newsies (Buttons/ Darcy), Footloose (Garvin), West Side Story (Diesel), Mary Poppins (Neleus), Into the
Woods (Jack). Thanks to Stewart/Whitley, NETworks, the entire SOM team, and of course my family for their undying love and support. BFA, Otterbein University. @tommyfbetz MORGAN BLANCHARD (Ensemble, u/s Rolf) is thrilled to be making his national tour debut with a show that holds a very special place in his heart. Regional: Merry-GoRound Playhouse, Ogunquit Playhouse, New London Barn Playhouse, Kitchen Theatre, New Bedford Festival Theatre and UFOMT. Ithaca College BFA 2018. Thank you to family and friends for all of their love and support. morgan-blanchard.com NICHOLAS CARROLL (Swing, u/s Captain Georg van Trapp). National tour debut! Favorite regional credits: 1776 (Thomas Jefferson), The Fantasticks (El Gallo), Big Fish (Karl the Giant), Spamalot (Lancelot), Shrek The Musical (Lord Farquaad) and Disney Cruise Line. Proud BFA Ithaca College alum. Many thanks to Michael Bradshaw Flynn, Stewart/Whitley and all cast and crew! @nickarroll ELAINE COTTER (Sister Sophia, u/s Maria, Dance Captain). Regional Credits: Newsies (Katherine Plumber), Little Women (Jo March), Beauty and the Beast (Belle), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Edwin Drood), Mamma Mia (Ali). Cruise ship credits: Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Female onstage swing). B.F.A in musical theatre from Indiana University — Go Hoosiers! elainecotter.com SCOTT FUSS (Franz) is so excited to be performing on his first tour in America. Recent credits: Sister Act (Ensemble, Monsignor, u/s Joey), The Bridges of Madison County (u/s Bud), Working! 40th Anniversary Concert w/ Stephen Schwartz. Thank you so much for being a patron of the arts! KELLY GLYPTIS (Ensemble, u/s The Mother Abbess). Professional: Prizery Theater, Opera Saratoga, Cardinal Stage, Shreveport Opera, VA Opera, Atlanta Opera, Fargo-Moorhead Opera, MD Lyric Opera, OperaDelaware, Baltimore Concert Opera, Brooklyn Metro Chamber Orchestra. Training: Potomac Vocal Institute, Indiana University (MM), Canadian Operatic Arts Academy, Operafestival di Roma. Thank you to Kathy (Encompass Arts), Betsy, Matt, Anne. kellyglyptis.com STEPHANIE GRAY (Frau Schmidt) is thrilled to be back on the road with The Sound of Music. National Tours: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Mrs. Potts), ArtsPower. Regional: Beauty and the Beast (Wardrobe) at Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre. Young Artist at the Seagle Music Colony. BM, Boston University, 2013. Love to my family and Keefe.
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LEAH GREENE (Ensemble, u/s Liesl) is thrilled to be making her national tour debut! She has previously toured internationally with Sister Act (u/s Mary Robert) and Disney Cruise Line. Other credits include: The Bridges of Madison County (Carolyn), …Spelling Bee (Olive Ostrovsky). Thanks and love to Mom, Dad and Scott! leah-greene.com
CHRISTINA TOMPKINS (Swing, u/s Elsa Schraeder) is returning to the hills after working on the U.S. premiere of Grumpy Old Men (Ogunquit Playhouse). Regional Favorites: Anything Goes (Reno), Hairspray (Velma), Sister Act (Sister Mary Martin). BFA University of Mississippi. Thank you family, friends, TSOM team and you for supporting the arts! @tina_tompkins
JORDYN NORKEY (Lady Zeller, u/s Elsa Schraeder) is ecstatic to make her professional debut! Originally from Tecumseh, MI, Jordyn graduated from The University of Michigan with a BFA in Musical Theatre. She would like to say thank you to the creative team, NETworks and Stewart/ Whitely for this incredible opportunity. Much love to Mom, Dad and Payton!
ARIANA VALDES (Sister Berthe, Baroness Elberfeld, u/s The Mother Abbess) is delighted to return for a second season with The Sound of Music! National Tour/Singapore: My Fair Lady (Mrs. Hopkins). Regional: The Sound of Music (The Mother Abbess), In The Heights (Daniela), Sister Act (Sister Mary Patrick), Jerry Springer: The Opera (Baby Jane/Peaches), Shrek (Dragon), Guys and Dolls (General Cartwright), Seussical (Sour Kangaroo), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Madame de la Grande Bouche). Proud Boston Conservatory-Voice/Opera alum. Follow @arianavaldiva and ArianaValdes.com for more! Infinite love to Mom, KB, family and friends!
JAMES TAYLOR ODOM (Admiral von Schreiber, u/s Captain Georg von Trapp, u/s Max Detweiler). National Tour: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (The D’ysquith Family). NYC: One Christmas Eve (FringeNYC). Regional: Grumpy Old Men (Tim, Ogunquit Playhouse), Murder for Two (Suspects, TheatreSquared), The Thirty-Nine Steps (Richard Hannay, Cortland Repertory Theatre), God of Carnage (Alan, Shadowland Stages), My Fair Lady (Broadway World Award, Henry Higgins, Prather Entertainment Group), Baskerville (Sherlock Holmes, Cider Mill Playhouse), Disfarmer (Arkansas New Play Festival, Arkansas Rep) and Mary Poppins (George Banks, Gainesville Theatre Alliance). Other regional favorites include: One Man, Two Guvnors, The Importance of Being Earnest, Sherlock Holmes & The West End Horror and It’s a Wonderful life. Original one-man shows: Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon and The Mystery Bookshop Musical. MFA, University of Arkansas and BA, Brenau University. Avalon Artists Group. jamestaylorodom.com JAMES PARKS (Herr Zeller, u/s Max Detweiler). Selected NYC Credits: Night of the Secretary General, Missing Gemini, Discovering Magenta (cast recording available). National tour credits: Pinkalicious, Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun. Thank you for supporting live theater. Quack! MM: NYU Steinhardt; BM: Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins. thejamesparks. com; @TheJamesParks JILLIAN ROSSI (Ursula, Postulant, u/s Maria). NYC: Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Ensemble). Regional: Weaver of Raveloe, American Repertory Theatre; Me and My Girl, Reagle Music Theatre. BFA Boston Conservatory. Thanks to Christine/Stewart Whitley, Henderson Hogan Agency; endless gratitude and love to my parents, family and Bill. This is for you! @jillian__rossi
TERESA WHITT (Sister Margaretta, u/s Maria) is delighted to be joining this incredible company! Favorite regional credits include My Fair Lady, Sweeney Todd, Les Misérables and The Addams Family. BFA: Montclair State. Love to my family, friends and AP. teresawhitt.com RICHARD RODGERS and OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II (Music and Lyrics). After long and highly distinguished careers with other collaborators, Richard Rodgers (composer, 1902–1979) and Oscar Hammerstein II (librettist/lyricist, 1895–1960) joined forces in 1943 to create the most successful partnership in the American musical theater. Prior to his work with Hammerstein, Rodgers collaborated with lyricist Lorenz Hart on a series of musical comedies that epitomized the wit and sophistication of Broadway in its heyday. Among their greatest successes were Pal Joey, On Your Toes, and Babes In Arms. Throughout the same era, Hammerstein brought new life to the operetta, culminating in the masterpiece Show Boat (music by Jerome Kern). Oklahoma!, the first Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, was also the first of a new genre, the musical play, blending Rodgers’s musical comedy style with Hammerstein’s innovations in operetta. Oklahoma! was followed by Carousel, State Fair (film 1945, 1962; Broadway 1996), Allegro, South Pacific, The King and I, Me and Juliet, Pipe Dream, Cinderella (television 1957, 1965, 1997; Broadway 2013), Flower Drum Song, and The Sound of Music. Collectively, the Rodgers & Hammerstein musicals have earned Tonys, Oscars, Grammys, Emmys, Pulitzers, and Olivier Awards.
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HOWARD LINDSAY and RUSSEL CROUSE (Book). The Lindsay and Crouse partnership stands today as the longest collaboration of any writers in theatrical history, lasting for 32 years. Howard Lindsay was born in 1889 and died in 1968. He became an actor at 19 and went on to become a successful Broadway playwright and director. Russel Crouse was born in 1893 and died in 1966. After serving in the Navy, he worked on New York newspapers, gaining his first renown through a signed column in the Post. In 1932 he became head of the publicity department for the Theatre Guild and in 1933 wrote his first Broadway show, collaborating with Corey Ford on the musical comedy Hold Your Horses. From 1934 on Crouse wrote only with Lindsay. Their hits include The Sound of Music (with a score by Rodgers & Hammerstein); Anything Goes and Red, Hot, and Blue (with scores by Cole Porter); Call Me Madam (score by Irving Berlin); the long-running play Life With Father (which originally starred Lindsay); the Pulitzer Prize winning State of the Union; and The Great Sebastians, written for the Lunts. Their producing credits included The Hasty Heart, Detective Story, and Arsenic and Old Lace. JACK O’BRIEN (Original Director). Upcoming: The Hard Problem at Lincoln Center. Broadway: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Front Page, It’s Only a Play, Macbeth, The Nance, Dead Accounts, Catch Me If You Can, Impressionism, The Coast of Utopia (Tony Award), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Tony nomination), Henry IV (Tony Award), Hairspray (Tony Award), Imaginary Friends, The Invention of Love (Tony nomination, Drama Desk Award), The Full Monty (Tony nomination), More to Love, Getting Away With Murder, Pride’s Crossing, The Little Foxes, Hapgood (Lucille Lortel Award,), Damn Yankees, Two Shakespearean Actors (Tony nomination), Porgy and Bess (Tony nomination). Metropolitan Opera: Il Trittico. Carnegie Hall: Guys and Dolls. Public Theater Central Park: Much Ado About Nothing. London: Love Never Dies, Hairspray (Olivier nomination). National Theatre: His Girl Friday. Artistic Director of the Old Globe Theatre, 1981 – 2007. Six productions for PBS’s American Playhouse. Books: Jack Be Nimble, publisher Farrar, Straus & Giroux. MATT LENZ (Tour Director). Broadway: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Hairspray, Catch Me If You Can, The Velocity of Autumn (Associate Director on original productions), Beauty and the Beast (Resident Director). Off-Broadway: Pageant: The Musical (Drama Desk nomination), The Irish Curse (Soho Playhouse), Idaho! (NYMF), The Great Daisy Theory, Fingers and Toes (NYMF)
and Alan Ball’s The Amazing Adventures of Tense Guy. National Tours: A Christmas Story: The Musical, Cheers! Live On Stage, Catch Me If You Can and Hairspray. Lenz also directed productions of Hairspray in South Africa, U.K., Toronto, Las Vegas and Germany. Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse, George Street Playhouse, St. Louis MUNY, Ogunquit Playhouse, Cape Playhouse, North Carolina Theatre, Maltz Jupiter Theater, Zach Theatre, Gulfshore Playhouse, Casa Manana, Gateway Playhouse, Short North Stage, Forestburgh Playhouse and Stamford Center for the Arts. Lenz is a member of SDC and a teaching artist with the Broadway Dreams Foundation. mattlenzdirector.com DANNY MEFFORD (Original Choreographer). Broadway: Dear Evan Hansen (Tony Award, Best Musical), Fun Home (Tony Award, Best Musical), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and The Bridges of Madison County. TV: NBC’s Rise. Other New York credits: Miss You Like Hell, Venus, Love’s Labour Lost, Good Person of Szechwan, Much Ado About Nothing, Pump Boys and Dinettes, Melancholy Play and Dance Dance Revolution. Directing: Becoming Liv Ullmann, Wasted and The Maids. Danny has been nominated for Drama Desk, Astaire and Lortel Awards for choreography. Education: University of Evansville and Brown University. JONATHAN WARREN (Tour Choreographer). Broadway: Dear Evan Hansen (Associate Choreographer), Wicked (Dance Captain). National Tour: A Night with Janis Joplin (Dance Supervisor). International: Wicked Mexico City (Asst. Dance Supervisor). Regional: A Night with Janis Joplin (A.C.T., The 5th Ave, and McCarter), La Cage Aux Folles (Goodspeed). Film/Television: Outside Providence. Performing Credits: Wicked, Peter Pan, We Will Rock You, West Side Story, Cats, Radio City Christmas Spectacular. ANDY EINHORN (Music Supervisor). Broadway (music director/conductor): Carousel (OBCR), Hello, Dolly! (OBCR, Grammy nom), Bullets Over Broadway (OBCR), Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella (OBCR), Brief Encounter, Sondheim on Sondheim (OBCR, Grammy nom.) Tours: Sweeney Todd, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific, The Light in the Piazza, Mamma Mia!, The Lion King. Regional: 92nd Street Y, Bay Street Theatre, Houston Grand Opera, Goodspeed Opera House, Signature Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Paper Mill Playhouse. Audra McDonald’s music director (including Carnegie Hall, San Francisco Symphony, Sydney Opera House, albums: Sing Happy and Go Back Home) TV: Six by Sondheim (HBO, Peabody Award), Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy (Great Performances, Peabody Award). Honors graduate Rice University.
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DOUGLAS W. SCHMIDT (Scenic Designer) has designed more than 200 productions over the past 50 years. Highlights: New York Drama Desk Awards for the Andrews Sisters’ musical Over Here and Ira Levin’s Veronica’s Room, Neil Simon’s They’re Playing Our Song, Bernard Slade’s Romantic Comedy, Howard Ashman and Marvin Hamlisch’s musical Smile, the original production of Grease, and the now legendary multi-million dollar spectacle Frankenstein, which closed on opening night. In 1983 he designed Jack O’Brien’s spectacular production of Porgy and Bess at Radio City Music Hall, which also toured in America and Europe. Broadway: 2001 revival of 42nd Street and this year’s remounting currently playing The Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics’ Circle Award nominations) and the 2002 revival of Into the Woods (Tony nomination, Drama Desk and L.A. Ovation Awards). Other recent projects include the Broadway production of The Front Page, for which he was also nominated for a Tony Award. The Sound of Music and The Front Page are his 18th and 19th collaborations with director Jack O’Brien since 1975. JANE GREENWOOD (Costume Designer). Originally from Liverpool, England, Ms. Greenwood was educated at the Central School of Arts. She has designed over 125 Broadway productions since Ballad of the Sad Café in 1963. Recent credits: Saint Joan, Mother of the Maid (with Glenn Close), The Little Foxes (Tony Award), The Assembled Parties, The Sound of Music (national tour), You Can’t Take It With You, Act One, Harvey and Driving Miss Daisy. Awards: Irene Sharaff Award, 19 Tony nominations and the 2014 Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement. She is in the Theater Hall of Fame. Professor of Design at Yale School of Drama since 1976. NATASHA KATZ (Lighting Design). A sixtime Tony Award winner, Natasha has designed extensively for theatre, opera, dance, concerts and permanent lighting installations around the world. Recent Broadway: Springsteen on Broadway; Frozen; Hello, Dolly! (starring Bette Midler); Cats; Long Day’s Journey into Night; School of Rock; An American in Paris; Aladdin; The Glass Menagerie; Motown; Once; Follies; The Coast of Utopia: Salvage; Aida and Beauty and the Beast. SHANNON SLATON (Sound Designer) has designed many national tours including The Sound of Music; Elf the Musical; Bullets Over Broadway; The Illusionists; Turn of the Century; Shrek The Musical; Hairspray; The Producers; Kiss Me, Kate; Noise/Funk; The Full Monty; Contact; A Chorus Line; Tap Dogs; Sweeney Todd; The Wizard of Oz; The Drowsy
Chaperone and The Wedding Singer. He was also the Advance Sound on Wicked and the Production Sound for The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway and the U.S. National Tour. Shows he has mixed on Broadway include: Man of La Mancha, Bombay Dreams, Sweet Charity, Jersey Boys, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Drowsy Chaperone, Spring Awakening, Fela!, Anything Goes, Annie, Legally Blonde and Cabaret. JIMM HALLIDAY (Costume Coordinator) has been a proud member of the NETworks family since 1999, having designed or coordinated costumes for dozens of national tours. With Santo Loquasto, he won the 2010 Helen Hayes Award for the acclaimed production of Ragtime at The Kennedy Center and has been the resident Costume Designer at New York’s MacHaydn Theatre for the past 33 years. Special thanks and gratitude to dear friend and colleague Seth Wenig for all his insight and guidance. BERNIE ARDIA (Hair and Wig Design) has enjoyed a 37-year career, starting in television. He has designed over 75 productions, including Bullets Over Broadway (tour), Cameron Mackintosh’s Les Misérables (U.S. and Canada). Ragtime at the Kennedy Center, Kiss of the Spider Woman with Chita Rivera, Starlight Express at The Las Vegas Hilton, Cinderella with Eartha Kitt and Debbie Gibson, and Happy Birthday, Hollywood (ABC-TV). It has been a thrill working with so many talented performers throughout his career including, Jeanne Cooper, Toni Tennille, Anita Gillette, Mary Wilson, Makenzie Phillips, Lynda Carter, Melody Thomas Scott and even Judge Judy! This production is dedicated to his sister. Mr. Ardia is also the author of Barbra Streisand in New York City. JOHN MEZZIO (Musical Coordinator) has conducted several national tours including State Fair starring John Davidson, Victor/Victoria starring Toni Tennille, Seussical, Cinderella starring Eartha Kitt and Deborah Gibson, the Royal National Theatre’s revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! and The Wedding Singer. Additionally, Mr. Mezzio was Associate Conductor for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Starlight Express at the Las Vegas Hilton. John was Musical Coordinator for several national and international tours including Sweet Charity starring Molly Ringwald, Annie starring John Schuck and Mackenzie Phillips, Hairspray, The Producers, A Chorus Line, Spring Awakening, Elf the Musical, Memphis, Bullets Over Broadway, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and Shrek The Musical.
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MICHAEL GILDIN (Music Director/Conductor is a New York–based music director thrilled to be making his national tour debut. Special thanks to Andy for making this possible. Michael works regularly with New York City Center’s Encores! Series and with conductors Rob Fisher and John Mauceri. In his spare time, he enjoys reconstructing forgotten musicals from the 1920s–50s. Mom, this one’s for you. ROBERT RUSSELL BENNETT (Orchestrations). In a career spanning more than five decades, Robert Russell Bennett (1894–1981) arranged more than 300 Broadway musical scores. In musical comedy’s golden era of the 1920s, he orchestrated up to 22 shows a season. Among his credits were Show Boat; Roberta; Sunny; Rose-Marie; No, No, Nanette; Girl Crazy; Of Thee I Sing; Face The Music; Carmen Jones; Finian’s Rainbow; Kiss Me, Kate; My Fair Lady and Camelot. He orchestrated seven of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s musicals including Oklahoma!, South Pacific, The King and I and The Sound of Music. His arrangements for the 1955 film version of Oklahoma! earned him an Academy Award. He also orchestrated and arranged Rodgers’s 13 television documentary score for Victory At Sea. A classically trained composer, Bennett’s prolific output of original compositions includes symphonies, sonatas, a ballet, a concerto and an opera. He is the posthumous recipient of a 2008 Special Tony Award in recognition of his historic contribution to American musical theater. TRUDE RITTMANN (Dance and Vocal Arrangements) has more than 50 Broadway credits as a choral and dance arranger including The Sound of Music, The King and I, South Pacific, My Fair Lady, Carousel, Finian’s Rainbow, Brigadoon, Paint Your Wagon and Peter Pan. A composer in her own right, she has provided music for such shows as Omnibus and Seven Lively Arts. STEWART/WHITLEY (Casting) Duncan Stewart CSA & Benton Whitley CSA. Broadway/NY: The Great Comet, A Clockwork Orange, As You Like It, On The Town, Pippin, Chicago The Musical, La Cage Aux Folles, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Carnegie Hall West Side Story, The Band Wagon, Pageant; West End/U.K.: Hadestown, Thriller Live, Menier Chocolate Factory, West Side Story; Tours: Finding Neverland, Dirty Dancing, The Sound of Music, Into the Woods, The Bodyguard, Chicago The Musical, Once, Shrek, Elf, Flashdance, Anything Goes, Bullets Over Broadway, We Will Rock You. Upcoming: Hadestown, Paradise Square, August Rush, Reefer Madness, Other World, The Man in the Ceiling, Back Home Again, Waterfall. Regional: American Repertory Theater, Alley
Theatre, Bay Street, Goodspeed, Theatre Under the Stars, Asolo Rep, Hollywood Bowl, TheatreWorks, Royal Caribbean. The Casting Society of America. Artios Award Winning. stewartwhitley.com THE ROAD COMPANY (Tour Booking) was founded in 1997 by Stephen Lindsay and Brett Sirota. In addition to The Sound of Music, current representation includes Wicked, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, War Paint, The Band’s Visit, SpongeBob SquarePants, A Clockwork Orange, The Lightning Thief, The Illusionists, Dirty Dancing, Kinky Boots and multiple companies of Elf the Musical. The Road Company is made possible by Magaly Barone, Shawn Willett, Jenny Kirlin, Justine Spingler, Joe Reed, and Josh Cape. BROADWAY BOOKING OFFICE NYC (Tour Press and Marketing) is a leading theatrical tour booking, marketing and press company representing award-winning musicals and plays. Currently: Jersey Boys, Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, A Bronx Tale, Falsettos, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, The Sound of Music, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I, Fun Home, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies, Bright Star and Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes. www.bbonyc.com ANNE CAPE (Company Manager) is thrilled to be back with the NETworks family. National tours: The Sound of Music, Elf the Musical and Once. Other work includes assistant general manager for NETworks Presentations. Graduate of Ohio Northern University (BFA). Thanks to my incredible family, Rick, Chris and Connie for your constant love and support. I wouldn’t be where I am today without you! MARY DENNIS (Production Stage Manager) is excited to be working on her second national tour! Past credits – NETworks Presentations: The Sound of Music (ASM/ PSM). Pennsylvania State University: Be More Chill (PSM), Hair (PSM), Titanic (ASM). New York: The First Noel (Apollo Theatre; Props Master) Regional: Les Misérables (FUSE Productions; PSM), Totem Pole Playhouse (PA/ASM). Penn State Graduate. TRINITY WHEELER (Executive Producer). Broadway: Les Misérables (Production Stage Manager). National Tours: Dirty Dancing (Executive Producer), Bullets Over Broadway (Executive Producer), Beauty and the Beast (Executive Producer), The Phantom of the Opera (Supervisory Production Stage Manager), Mary Poppins (Production Stage Manager), Young Frankenstein starring Roger Bart and Rent starring Adam Pascal and
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Anthony Rapp. Trinity currently works on the national tours of Les Misérables, Finding Neverland, Elf and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music. Instagram: @trinityonbroadway NETWORKS PRESENTATIONS (Producer), from its inception over 20 years ago, has been an industry leading producer and manager of touring musical theatre productions and remains committed to delivering quality entertainment to audiences worldwide. Having toured over 70 productions internationally, NETworks’ current and upcoming touring productions include Cameron Mackintosh’s The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Elf the Musical, Finding Neverland, The Sound of Music, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I, The Band’s Visit, A Bronx Tale, Falsettos, Fiddler on the Roof and Cameron Mackintosh’s Miss Saigon.
STAFF FOR The Sound of Music Executive Producer Trinity Wheeler General Management Gentry & Associates Gregory Vander Ploeg Jamey Jennings Steve Varon Pearce Landry-Wegener Nicole Gehring Production Management NETworks Presentations Jason Juenker Hector Guivas Evan Rooney Walker White Emma Downey Tour Booking The Road Company Stephen Lindsay, Brett Sirota www.theroadcompany.com Tour Press & Marketing Broadway Booking Office NYC Steven Schnepp Kent McIngvale, Jenny Bates, Zach Stevenson, Danny Knaub, Rachel Peterson Casting Stewart/Whitley Duncan Stewart, CSA Benton Whitley, CSA Paul Hardt; Christine McKenna; Allie Carieri Company Manager Anne Cape Assistant Company Manager Christina Tompkins Production Stage Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mary Dennis Asst. Stage Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Andi Radujkovic Assistant Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . Michael Bradshaw Flynn Assistant Choreographer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mackenzie Dade Associate Musical Supervisor . . . . . . . . Catherine Venable
Assistant Musical Supervisor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Grant Strom Asst. Scenic Designer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Maya Linke Associate Costume Designer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dan Urlie Assosciate Costume Coordinator . . Matthew C. Hampton Associate Lighting Designer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jon Goldman Asst. Lighting Designer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Abby May Moving Light Programmer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Thomas Hague Asst. Sound Designer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Patrick Lachance Head Carpenter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Michael Maybury Asst. Carpenter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Keefe Kennedy Flyman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Andrew Kutrufis Head Electrician . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Randall Acevedo Asst. Electrician . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jennifer Trewhella Production Electrician . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Adam Cavanaugh Head Sound Engineer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Erin Cleary Asst. Audio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Parker Stegmaier Head Props . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jae Hamilton Head Wardrobe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nicole Giangola Wardrobe Assistant. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Angela Carstensen Hair & Make Up Supervisor . . . . . . . . . . . . . Destinee Steele Tutor/Child Wrangler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jason Rice Print Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AKA NYC Radio Spot Production . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HMS Media Television Spot Design/Video Production . . HMS Media Website . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AKA NYC Production Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Matthew Murphy Merchandising . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Araca Group Merchandising Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Will Cox Accounting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . NETworks Presentations LLC Legal Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F. Richard Pappas, Esq. HR & Payroll Services . . . . . . . . . . . Human Resources inc. Housing . . . . . . . . Road Concierge, an ALTOUR Company Travel Agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Janice Kessler, Carlson Wagonlit Travel Trucking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Janco Staff for NETworks Presentations Chief Executive Officer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ken Gentry President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Orin Wolf Chief Financial Officer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Scott W. Jackson Chief Operating Officer . . . . . . . . Jennifer Ardizzone-West Executive Vice President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Seth Wenig Executive Producer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Trinity Wheeler Director of Adminstration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Curt Owens Executive Assistant to the President . Hannah Rosenthal Senior Director of Finance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Kinna Controller . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jennifer Gifford Director of Tour Accounting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Laura S. Carey Tax Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pat Guerieri Associate Tax Accountant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kim Ngan Tran Health and Safety Coordinator. . . . . . . . . . . Emma Downey Senior Director, Booking and Engagements . . Mary K. Witte Director, Booking and Engagements . . . . . . . . Colin Byrne Booking Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hannah Rosenthal Director of Marketing/PR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Heather Hess Senior Director, General Management . . Gregory Vander Ploeg General Managers . . . . . . . . Jamey Jennings, Steve Varon Associate General Manager . . . Pearce Landry-Wegener General Manager Associate . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nicole Gehring Senior Director, Production Management Jason Juenker Senior Production Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hector Guivas
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Production Managers . . . . . . Evan Rooney, Walker White Associate Production Manager. . . . . . . . . . Emma Downey Music Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Mezzio IT Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tim Pizza Office Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Buddy Piccolino Office Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Carol Jewell Warehouse Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brad Korff Warehouse Costume Manager . . . . . . Bobby Maglaughlin Credits Scenery, Lighting and Audio provided by Production Resource Group; Properties by BrenBri Properties, LLC; Costume Shops: John Schneeman Studios Ltd., Giliberto Designs Inc., Arnold S. Levine Inc., Jeff Fender Studios, The Costume Source, Joelyn R. Wilkosz, Dale DiBernardo. Rehearsed at RWS Studios; Long Island City. Special Thanks to Oklahoma City Community College Visual and Performing Arts Center, Oklahoma City, OK and Richard J. Charnay, Director of Cultural Programs “Something Good” Lyrics by Richard Rodgers Additional Lyrics by Jack O’Brien Tax & Financial Consulting, Accounting Services CliftonLarsonAllen LLP Brian Enverso, Pat Guerieri Insurance Broker Services Maury Donnelly and Parr, Inc. Robert B. Middleton, Sr. and Meghan Shriver Financial Services and banking arrangements by SunTrust Bank Stock and Amateur rights for The Sound of Music are represented by R&H Theatricals: A Concord Music Company, 229 West 28th Street, 11th Floor, New York, New York 10001 www.rnh.com TheSoundOfMusicOnTour.com Facebook /TheSoundofMusicOnTour Instagram @SoundofMusicOnTour Twitter @SoundOfMusic #SoundofMusicOnTour
All stage work performed by employees represented by IATSE. United Scenic Artists represents the designers and scenic painters for the American Theatre. The Director and Choreographer are members of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, an independent national labor union.
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ALLIANCE THEATRE’S A CHIRSTMAS CAROL | Dec. 12-24
GOD BLESS US, EVERYONE
his is likely your last chance to catch this Christmas train at the Cobb Energy Centre. Next season it plans to return to the Woodruff Arts Center in Midtown and the Alliance Theatre’s brandspanking-new Coca-Cola Stage. You know The Christmas Carol story. The miserly Ebenezer Scrooge (David de Vries again), an old and bitter man in 19thcentury London, is visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. By jangling a few heavy chains and coaxing him to face his past and potential future, they ease him toward a less solitary existence.
The Alliance sets the scene on a stage stuffed fore, aft and all around with the detritus of lives not lived to Scrooge’s exacting economic standards. Furniture, knickknacks, dolls, carriages, boxes, toys, luggage and more are stacked and scattered from wing to wing. The previous owners are in debtors’ prison, their earthly goods in Ebenezer’s gnarled, greedy hands. Charles Dickens’ tale, originally a 1843 novella, has been seen as a Mister Magoo cartoon (in 1962), as an animated feature film with Jim Carrey (2009), as a classic brooding morality tale (1951), and on stages of every
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sort for actors of every age all around the world. This particular staging stands out for several reasons: its attention to scenic and costume detail; it’s large, multicultural cast of top Atlanta actors; its snow; and its music — carols that fill the theater with angelic harmonies. For many in greater Atlanta, seeing the
Alliance Theatre’s A Christmas Carol — now in its 29th season — is as traditional as eggnog, fruitcake and wrapped packages. Director Rosemary Newcott, who’s doing her last Alliance Christmas Carol with this production, knows why. “The essential story helps us recognize the compassion we should have for all human beings,” she says. “No matter their circumstances.”
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CHARLIE WILSON | 8 p.m. Dec. 28
NEW YEAR’S WEEKEND CELEBRATION
ome people might say that after notching 10 No. 1 singles, 11 Grammy Award nominations, a New York Times bestselling memoir and ongoing sold-out, coast-to-coast arena tours, Charlie Wilson has proven his point. Still, he isn’t planning to slow down anytime soon. “I’ve been in this game for many years,” says the Gap Band founder and solo artist. “I’ve had some big hit records. But I need to still show people that I’m in it. It’s championship time.” The Gap Band, with Charlie and his brothers Ronnie and Robert, was a synthheavy funk group (“You Dropped a Bomb on Me”) popular in the 1970s and 1980s. Wilson’s latest album, In It to Win It (2017), was nominated for three 2018 NAACP Image Awards. It features two Billboard No. 1 singles — “Chills” on the Adult R&B Songs chart and “I’m Blessed” on the Hot Gospel Songs chart. And so Wilson continues his reign as
“Uncle Charlie,” the nickname Snoop Dog gave him, by being one of the most soughtafter entertainers with today’s hip-hop and pop artists. His New Year’s celebration is hosted by Atlanta-based comic Stanford “MC” Lightfoot. In the years between the Gap Band’s heyday and his solo success, Wilson persevered through drug and alcohol addiction, homelessness and prostate cancer. He chronicled it all in his 2015 autobiography, I Am Charlie Wilson. He makes it a point to give back, and was honored at the 2018 NAACP Image Awards with the first-ever Music Makes a Difference honor. He’s been sober 22 years, helps homeless addicts and educates the AfricanAmerican community about prostate cancer. He also received a Rhapsody & Rhythm award in May from the National Museum of African American Music, scheduled to open in 2019 in Nashville.
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BOX OFFICE MANAGER Richard Scholla
HEAD CARPENTER/RIGGER Mark Newman
ASSISTANT BOX OFFICE MANAGER Russel Kennedy
DIRECTOR OF FACILITY SERVICES Arthur McDowell
BOX OFFICE SUPERVISOR Dianna Cassin-Khoury
CHIEF ENGINEER Marty Taylor
HOUSE MANAGER Richard Stevens
ENGINEERING SUPERVISOR Joseph DeSoto
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS Jessica Coale DIRECTOR OF SAFETY & SECURITY Larry Green PUBLIC SAFETY MANAGER Jamie Wheeler
ARTSBRIDGE FOUNDATION STAFF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Jennifer D. Dobbs
PUBLIC SAFETY SUPERVISOR Carlyle Roberts
DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION & COMMUNITY OUTREACH Sarah Clay Lindvall
CULINARY DIRECTOR/ EXECUTIVE CHEF Nicholas Walker
DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR Lizzy Morin
DIRECTOR OF FOOD & BEVERAGE Susan Burchell
PROGRAM COORDINATOR Audine Crosse
BANQUET MANAGER Abol Ghoreishi BEVERAGE & CONCESSION MANAGER Fernando Quintero
SECRETARY Johnny Gresham | Post 4 Mike Boyce | Post 5 Earl Smith | Post 7 Steve “Thunder” Tumlin | Post 1 Robert P. Voyles | Post 3 GENERAL MANAGER & CEO Michele L. Swann
ARTSBRIDGE FOUNDATION PRESIDENT Clare Richardson
DIRECTOR Sam Olens
VICE PRESIDENT Joanne Truffelman
DIRECTOR Kessel D. Stelling
SECRETARY/TREASURER Larry M. Dingle
DIRECTOR Percy Vaughn
DIRECTOR Helen S. Carlos
DIRECTOR Jack Ward
DIRECTOR Shan Cooper DIRECTOR Barbarella Diaz
DIRECTOR EMERITUS Barbara E. Williams
DIRECTOR Fran Friedrich DIRECTOR Jerry Nix
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UPCOMING EVENTS at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre For the most up-to-date list of performances, please visit:
The Beach Boys
Tickets sold at the Synovus Box Office at Cobb Energy Centre, Ticketmaster.com or by calling 800.745.3000.
Scott Bradleeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Postmodern Jukebox
Chinese Acrobats of Hebei
The Atlanta Opera: Dead Man Walking
Atlanta Ballet La Sylphide
Atlanta Ballet Beauty & the Beast
The Temptations & the Four Tops
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THANK YOU TO OUR DONORS! Listing reﬂects gifts made between October 1, 2016 and October 1, 2018
Producer $25000+ Jimmy & Helen S. Carlos Cobb-Marietta Coliseum and Exhibit Hall Authority Genuine Parts Company Georgia Lottery Lettie Pate Evans Foundation The Molly Blank Fund (Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation) Regions Bank Walton Communities The Zeist Foundation Director $10000 - 24999 Aud B. Morgan, The Morgan Audrey Family Fund Bennett Thrasher Foundation Cobb Community Foundation Lynn Cochran-Schroder Delta Community Credit Union Ed Voyles Automotive Group Eme Emerson Climate Technologies Georgia Council for the Arts John & Mary Franklin Foundation Livingston Foundation Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company End National Endowment for the Arts Jerry & Cheryl Nix Sartain Lanier Family Foundation Scicom Infrastructure Services Synovus Foundation Jack & JJean Ward Wells Fargo Foundation Designer $5000 - 9999 Abney Family Foundaion Atlanta Braves Foundation Bobbie Bailey Foundation Bruce & Sylvia Dick Ge Georgia Power Company KIA Motors of America The Martha & Wilton Looney Foundation, Inc. William A. Parker, Jr. Six Flags Over Georgia David & Michele Swann Tull Charitable Foundation
Playwright $2500 - 4999 René & Barbarella Diaz Larry Dingle Fisher & Phillips, LLP Nigel & Clare Richardson Smiley for Kylie Foundation Tic Ticketmaster Joanne Truﬀelman Publix Super Markets Charities The Vinings Rotary Club Presenter $1000 - 2499 Mike Boyce Bill Brantley BrandBank Terry Chandler Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Cobb County School District Fidelity Bank Richard Horder Peter & Ronnie Kessenich, Sr. McKenney’s, Inc. Sam & Lisa Olens Pope and Land Enterprises Jim Rhoden, Jr. Kathleen E. Rios Laura Schilling Bennie Shaw Earl Smith John & Karen Spiegel Terri Theisen Bob & Belle Voyles Lead Actor $500 - 999 Judith M. Alembik Julian Bene Cobb Travel & Tourism Cumberland Mall Randy Donaldson John & Carole Harrison Gene & Patricia Henssler Shelly Kleppsattel C hristine Nix Robert Parris Alex Paulson Benjamin & Christine Phelps Emma Pollard Holly B. Quinlan Cynthia Widner Wall
Ensemble $250 - 499 Robert & Susan Arko Atlanta Jewish Film Society, Inc. Charlie & Yetty Arp Thomas Casey Mike Cronin Jack & Shirley Demarest Chris Galla Johnny Gresham Pam Hubby Margaret Kleiman Don & Patsy Mabry Gas South Walter W. McBride Sid Roy Sara Stephens Gordon Via Denice M. Wetzel Audience $1 - 249 Suzanne Alea Anonymous (1,431) Julie Arnold Carole Brooks Anne Camery Cantigny Research Foundation, Inc. Ushe Ushers at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Michael Cooper Cynthia Crain Lee Winn Crump Sondra Dillon Dwight Dyer Nancy Gault Katherine Hansil Shea Jones Fred & Judith Keith Sherry Kendrick Mike Knowles Susan M. Levy Deborah Lundquist Alan Martin Leslie McLeod Kyle Moon David & Barbara Nadler Kinsey OLee Richard Parker Brenda Rhodes Elizabeth H. Roper Janice Scott Linda Smith Naomi Smith Leslie Stone Tama Tanowitz Jam James Tyson Jim & Joanne Van Duys Juliana Vincenzino The Westminister Schools George & Jan Yano
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Over 350,000 Georgia students and educators served since 2007!
ArtsBridge Foundation, the non-proďŹ t arm of the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, provides quality arts education and community engagement programming designed to inspire creativity and foster the next generation of artists and arts supporters.
2018-19 SEASON FIELD TRIPS
High-quality, educational performances that connect to Georgia Standards of Excellence and Common Core
Presented by The Atlanta Opera Friday, November 2, 2018 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM Grades 9 - 12 | FREE Admission
Thursday, January 24, 2019 11:00 AM Grades 7 - 12 | $10 per ticket
WEST SIDE STORY
ACROBATS OF HEBEI CHINA
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Presented by the Atlanta Ballet 2 Wednesday, February 20, 2019 11:00 AM Grades K- 6 | $10 per ticket
Monday, March 11, 2019 10:15 AM & Noon Grades 4 - 8 | $10 per ticket
Skill development for both students and educators in the performing arts
February 9, 2019 Vocal Technique Class in the style of Waitress Classes presented in partnership with
March 2, 2019 Vocal Technique Class in the style of Les Miserables
FAMILY PROGRAMMING All new interactive show that unfolds on one of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most famous streets at the funniest, furriest party in the neighborhood!
Friday, November 16, 2018 10:30 AM & 6:00 PM Saturday, November 17, 2018 10:00 AM & 2:00 PM Sunday, November 18, 2018 2:00 PM
DONATE TODAY! Visit ArtsBridgeGA.org to learn how you can help keep ticket prices low and the buses rolling!
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AMERICAN PACES & VINE — Located in The Vinings Jubilee featuring eclectic American comfort food along with lighter fare. Menu highlights include the lobster Cobb salad, Guinnessbraised beef brisket, charred salmon, and crispy pork shank. P&V is also a wine-lover’s haven with an extensive, carefully-curated wine list, Wednesday Wine Tastings and Half-Off Wine Bottle Sundays. Lunch, dinner, Saturday and Sunday brunch. Vinings Jubilee 4300 Paces Ferry Road 404-205-8255 pacesandvine.com
SOHO — American-style bistro offers fish, seafood, beef, game and poultry, with gluten-free lunch and dinner options, It has a specially priced Cobb Energy Centre theater menu that will get you in and out with plenty of time to make the performance — just show your tickets to your server. Weekly wine-and-tapas flights debut each Wednesday night. Lunch, dinner plus the all-American Sunday dinner: a lobster boil. Order ahead to ensure availability, Vinings Jubilee 4300 Paces Ferry Road 770-801-0089 sohoatlanta.com
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THE ENCORE ATLANTA [COBB COUNTY] DINING GUIDE CREOLE/CAJUN COPELAND’S OF NEW ORLEANS — Bayou fare plus steak, chicken, pasta and sandwiches. Fresh desserts and pastries from the Cheesecake Bakery. Live jazz Sunday brunch buffet. A favorite gathering spot for New Orleans Saints fans. Libations include the Pontchartrain Beach martini. Lunch, brunch, dinner. Takeout available. 3101 Cobb Parkway 770-612-3311 copelandsatlanta.com
Menu offers an upscale variety of items that are carefully prepared from scratch, using the finest ingredients. Fire-roasted salsa is made fresh several times a day and the signature guacamole is always made to order. Wide selection of tequilas from moderately priced to, well — check out the $100 margarita, “perfect for any occasion.” 2851 Akers Mill Road SE 770-952-5550 cincorestaurants.com
SPANISH ITALIAN CRISPINA — Neapolitan-style ristorante and pizzeria in Vinings. Pizza dough is naturally leavened, never frozen, and pastas are made fresh daily. 3300 Cobb Parkway SE, Suite 208 678-426-7149 crispinaatlanta.com MAGGIANO’S LITTLE ITALY — Specializing in Italian cuisine — and lots of it — in a classy-casual setting. Pick a booth for an intimate date night, or go big; this place is good for kids and groups, too. Takeout available at all locations. Buckhead 3368 Peachtree Road 404-816-9650 Cumberland Mall 1601 Cumberland Mall 770-799-1580 Perimeter Mall 4400 Ashford-Dunwoody Road 770-804-3133 maggianos.com
MEXICAN CINCO – Authentic, Latin-infused Mexican cuisine served in a setting designed to put a contemporary twist on Mexican culture.
ROSSO – Rosso is intended to be a social platform; small dishes meant to be mixed and shared among many. Rosso brings an authentic Spanish and Mediterranean experience to the Atlanta area. In addition to many Spanish plates, they offer a variety of Spanish wines, house cocktails, sangrias, sherries and after-dinner drinks. One popular drink option: the Spanish Wine Flight, offering an exclusive taste of three house chosen wines in 2 oz portions. This tradition encourages not only knowledge of respected Spanish wines, but the ability to pick your favorite! Community atmosphere, imaginative cocktails paired with a contemporary take on traditional Spanish tapas. 3300 Cobb Parkway SE, Suite 104 770-672-4460 rossotapasbar.com
SOUTHERN/SOUTHERN-INSPIRED SOUTH CITY KITCHEN — With a stylish, Southern-contemporary menu, this DiRoNA restaurant helped make grits hip for the business crowd. 1675 Cumberland Parkway 770-435-0700 southcitykitchen.com
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