New ‘Sound of Music’ touring Broadway production coming to Penn State Nov. 14–15

October 16, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A new production of “The Sound of Music,” produced by NETworks Presentations, will make its Penn State debut at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 14–15, in Eisenhower Auditorium.

“The Sound of Music” features music by Richard Rodgers; lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; and a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, suggested by “The Story of the Trapp Family Singers” by Maria Augusta Trapp. The beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will thrill audiences with its Tony-, Grammy- and Academy Award-winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Edelweiss” and the title song.

Watch a preview of the production.

“The Sound of Music” enjoyed success as a television production when “The Sound of Music Live!,” seen by more than 44 million people, aired on NBC in December 2013. The film version, which marked its 50th anniversary in 2015, continues to be one of the most successful movie musicals in history.

The creative team for this new production includes direction by Matt Lenz, based on the national tour’s original direction by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O’Brien (“Hairspray,” “The Full Monty,” “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” and “The Coast of Utopia”). Original choreography by Danny Mefford (“Dear Evan Hansen,” “Fun Home,” “The Bridges of Madison County” and “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson”) has been recreated by Jonathan Warren, with music supervision by Andy Einhorn (“Bullets Over Broadway,” “Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella” and “The Light in the Piazza”).

Visit “The Sound of Music” or call 814-863-0255 for more information about the show.

Audio description, which is especially helpful to patrons with sight loss, is available for the Nov. 15 performance at no extra charge to ticket holders. Reservations are required by Wednesday, Nov 1. Phone 814-863-0255 to reserve audio description.

Artistic Viewpoints, an informal moderated discussion featuring a visiting artist or artists, is offered in Eisenhower one hour before the performance and is free for ticket holders. Artistic Viewpoints regularly fills to capacity, so seating is available on a first-arrival basis.

A.W. & Sons, Designer’s Studio and Kish Bank sponsor the presentation.

WATM-ABC 23, WWCP-FOX 8, THIS TV and Antenna TV are media sponsors.

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  • A young woman rides on the handlebars of a bike being steered by a young man.

    Keslie Ward is Liesl and Chad P. Campbell is Rolf in “The Sound of Music.”

    IMAGE: Matthew Murphy

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Last Updated November 21, 2017