Award-winning Scottish actor Gray O’Brien joins Bill Kenwright’s spectacular production of The Sound of Music as Captain von Trapp, in what will mark his musical theatre debut.
Gray, who played ruthless businessman Tony Gordon in Coronation Street, will join BBC One’s The Voice runner up Lucy O’Byrne, who will star as Maria von Trapp, as they open at The Broadway in Peterborough this December before touring the UK.
Although best known for his three-year performance in Coronation Street, for which he won Villain of the Year at the British Soap Awards and Best Actor at the Inside Soap Awards, Gray is no stranger to leading television roles. Previously, he has starred in Peak Practice in which he played the series regular character of Dr Tom Deneley for ITV and prior to that another series regular; Richard McCaig in Casualty for the BBC. Most recently, Gray was seen in the 12-part drama Titanic: Blood & Steel. His stage work includes starring opposite Peter Bowles in Anthony Shaffer’s Sleuth at The Apollo Theatre.
Lucy O’Byrne, who will also be making her musical debut, became a household name earlier this year when she shot to success as the runner-up in the live shows of the TV talent show. With chart-topper Will.i.am as her mentor, Lucy made history as the first classical singer to reach the final, impressing the nation with her stunning vocal range. Now, having recently performed at the BBC Proms, she makes her debut as the young postulant at The Broadway, Peterborough.
The unforgettable score features some of the most memorable songs ever performed on stage, including Edelweiss, My Favorite Things, Do-Re-Mi, Climb Ev’ry Mountain, So Long, Farewell and of course, the title song, The Sound of Music.