When the Broadway revival of theater classic, The Sound of Music," rolls into Boston at the end of the month, the cast will be settling in for a long-than-usual stay. The show, directed by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien, is touring the country through 2016, and is booked in most cities for one week. In Boston, however, the touring production will have time to relax a bit as they settle into a two-week engagement at the famed Boston Opera House.
The current Broadway tour of ÂÂ[The Sound of Music](http://www.theatreticketbank.com/musicals-plays/the-sound-of-music-tickets)" launched in September, and has already played on stages in the Midwest, South and West Coast. The show rolls into Boston with a well-padded resume of rave reviews for lead Kerstin Anderson (Maria), Ashley Brown (Mother Abbess), and Paige Silvester (Leisl), as well as for the production itself.
Director Jack O'Brien brings ÂÂshimmering novelty to a familiar piece's look and sound," said Variety's Bob Verini of the show's opening run in Los Angeles. ÂÂThe voices, one and all, are sublime," notes Miami Herald theater critic Howard Cohen, before singling out Ashley Brown's ÂÂfluid, powerful soprano" and ÂÂstanding-O bait."
O'Brien has stripped away many of the elements that have been added to The Sound of Music over the years, he says, and has focused instead on keeping it as true to the original Rodgers and Hammerstein production as possible. The award-winning producer is also enthused about the choice of Anderson to play the lead role, Maria.
ÂÂI've always believed Maria was a ÂÂstar-making" part," he said, describing his introduction to Anderson. ÂÂIn through the audition door walked Kerstin AndersonÂÂ¦she sand and the tears welled up in my eyes. If ever there were an enchanting young woman on the brink of discovery, this was it!"
Fans who are most familiar with [The Sound of Music](http://www.theatreticketbank.com/musicals-plays/the-sound-of-music-tickets/in-boston/boston-opera-house/march-29-2016) as a movie will notice some well-known moments different or missing entirely, but the differences are positive ones, most critics agree. They serve to strip away the dated elements of the story and make it fresh and relevant to today's audiences.
The family-friendly production arrives in Boston on March 29 and runs through April 10. Tickets are available for all shows through online ticket sellers, TheatreTicketBank.com, though the inventory and prices vary depending on ticket availability.
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