Back in February 2015 it was announced that the hills would be alive once again in Australia, with a new stage production of The Sound of Music in the works. Several months later, producers Andrew Lloyd Webber, John Frost, David Ian and the Really Useful Group have announced whom will be representing whom in the upcoming musical.
Amy Lehpamer (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Once, The Rocky Horror Show) will take on the lead role as Maria Rainer, while Cameron Daddo (Legally Blonde, Big River) will fill the shoes Captain Georg von Trapp. This duo will be starring alongside Marina Prior (Mary Poppins, The Secret Garden) as Baroness Schraeder, Jacqueline Dark (Opera Australia’s Aida, Don Giovanni) as Mother Abbess, Lorraine Bayly (Calendar Girls, The Sullivans) as Frau Schmidt, David James (Playschool, Avenue Q) as Max Detweiler, Stefanie Jones (Once) as Liesl and newcomer Du Toit Bredenkamp as Rolf.
The Sound of Music’s ensemble cast will include Johanna Allen (Sister Sophia), Eleanor Blythman (Sister Margaretta), Sophie Cheeseman, Colin Dean, William Groucutt, Stephen Madsen, Dominica Matthews (Sister Berthe), Katie McKee, Kathleen Moore, Ashleigh Rubenach and Sophie Weiss.
The Sound of Music will begin in Australia at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney on December 13 2015. While no conclusion dates have been locked in yet, this season will be followed by a run at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s Lyric Theatre from March 11 2015. No other seasons have been announced, however are very likely to follow given the universal acclaim and knowledge of this Rodgers and Hammerstein classic.
The producers of The Sound of Music had this to collectively say:
We have assembled a sensational cast to play these iconic roles. Cameron Daddo will be a wonderfully strong and stern Captain, and Amy Lehpamer, already with several musical roles to her name, will leap to stardom as Maria. We’re very pleased to be working with Marina Prior again, and to bring Lorraine Bayly to musical theatre audiences. And we’re especially pleased to bring acclaimed opera star Jacqui Dark to the musical stage.
Producer John Frost has added:
The Sound of Music is an iconic musical, probably the most loved musical of all, and contains all the elements which make a show magical. It is exciting that Australian audiences will see a production of this quality, which has entertained so many people across the globe. I’m very much looking forward to the auditions to find our sets of von Trapp children too.
Expect to hear more about The Sound of Music in the coming months, leading to its initial Australian seasons in Sydney and Brisbane.