Bill Kenwright’s production of one of the greatest family musicals of all time, The Sound of Music, is delighted to announce its full cast ahead of the opening of the tour on Wednesday 2nd December at the Broadway Theatre in Peterborough.
This magnificent production also plays a Christmas season for all the family at The Lowry, Salford Quays, from Monday 14th December until Saturday 2nd January.
BBC1’s The Voice runner-up Lucy O’Byrne will play Maria and award-winning Scottish actor Gray O’Brien will star as Captain von Trapp, both make their musical theatre debuts in this spectacular five-star production. Joining them on stage are Jan Hartley (Mother Abbess), Duncan Smith (Max), Isla Carter (Baroness Elsa), Kane Verrall (Rolf), Annie Horn (Liesl), Zoe Ann Brown (Sister Margaretta), Kate Scott (Sister Berthe), Tammy Davies (Sister Sophia), Jude Neill (Ursula), Anouska Eaton (Baroness Elberfeld), Jon de Ville (Franz), Pippa Winslow (Frau Schmidt), Grant Neil (Herr Zella), Scott Ainslie (Admiral von Schreiber), Piers Bate (Baron Elberfeld) and Lewis Barnshaw.
Lucy O’Byrne 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, and biggest fan, 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 musical debut as the young postulant, Maria.
Gray O’Brien played ruthless businessman Tony Gordon 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 staring opposite Peter Bowles in Anthony Shaffer’s Sleuth at The Apollo Theatre.
Produced by Bill Kenwright, directed by Martin Connor, choreographed by Olivier Award-winner Bill Deamer, musical direction by David Steadman, this wonderfully lavish staging of the classic musical coincides with the 50th anniversary of the film version – the most successful movie musical in history.
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’.
Visit www.kenwright.com for full tour details and to book tickets.
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