International Broadway Musical ‘The Sound of Music’ to debut at NMACC
The Nita Mukesh Ambani Cultural Centre brings to India for the very first time, one of the most popular international musicals of all time. Set to make its India debut, ‘The Sound of Music’, a Broadway production by three-time Tony Award winning director Jack O’Brien, will be staged at the Centre’s 2000-seat Grand Theatre on 3rd May, 2023.
The fun-filled family drama narrates the spirited story of young governess Maria Rainer and the Von Trapp family, set in the scenic neighbourhood of Nonnberg Abbey, Austria. It traces the life and adventures of Captain Georg Von Trapp, a retired officer of the Austrian Navy, and his children. A series of dramatic events unfold as Maria introduces the Von Trapp kids to music and their widowed father to the joys of affection, culminating in the group’s flight across the Austrian mountains.
Although set in a unique time of its own with the impending outbreak of World War II, the all-time classic is forevermore loveable for portraying the triumph of the human spirit through music, romance, and happiness over conflict – both internal and external.
Founder & Chairperson of NMACC, Nita Mukesh Ambani said, “It is our vision to showcase the best of India to the world and bring the best of the world to India! After the stupendous success of “The Great Indian Musical – Civilization to Nation”, we are thrilled to present one of the most celebrated international musicals of all time ‘The Sound of Music’ for the very first time in India, at the Nita Mukesh Ambani Cultural Centre. We can’t wait for our people to experience this iconic Broadway musical in their own country and make memories with their family and friends!”
Commenting on adapting the production for the Indian tour, Jack O’Brien, Director, said: “One of the most thrilling and satisfying assignments in my career, was creating the production of ‘The Sound of Music’ on its way to India. Because the famous and beloved film did not follow the original intentions of the musical as written, it was like opening a King Tuts tomb of wonderful ideas and plot twists that no one has seen since its inception. We are so proud to represent American musical theatre with this particular production, with the belief India will embrace it thoroughly.”
The evergreen story of love, laughter, and music will feature powerful performances by its stellar Broadway crew, including Jill-Christine Wiley as Maria Rainer, who has previously starred in Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Ariel), Disney’s Beauty and The Beast (Belle), along with Trevor Martin as Captain Von Trapp,
whose accolades include Sweeney Todd (Sweeney Todd), Beauty and the Beast (Beast), White Christmas (Bob Wallace), and several other globally acclaimed artists, and Lauren Kidwell as Mother Abbess, previously seen in Ragtime (Mother) and Songs For A New World (Woman 2).
The 7-time Tony Award winning musical will make its India debut at The Grand Theatre – the Cultural Centre’s pièce de resistance. Among the many features that make it ideal for hosting a musical of this stature and scale is the impressive size of its stage and proscenium.
‘The Sound of Music’ features music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, suggested by The Trapp Family Singers by Maria Augusta Trapp. Simone Genatt, Marc Routh, and Broadway International Group are Producing, along with Co-Producers Roy Furman, Broadway Asia Group, Cornice Productions and Gabrielle Palitz. Eric Cornell serves as General Manager for Broadway Asia International. ‘THE SOUND OF MUSIC’ is presented in special arrangement with Concord Theatricals, NETWorks Presentations and Broadway Asia Company.
Tickets for ‘The Sound of Music’ are live on nmacc.com and bookmyshow.com.
Special early bird prices applicable until April 12 and start from INR 1000.