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Ashley Blanchet, Graham Rowat and Gavin Lee Star in Paper Mill’s The sound of musicFrom December 2nd

Get an exclusive taste of Blanchet’s version of the classic theme song.

The hills come alive in Millburn, New Jersey as Paper Mill Playhouse’s new production of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II The sound of music starts on December 2nd. Production will continue until January 1, 2023.

Ashley Blanchet (Waitress) and Graham Rowat (Dear Evan Hansen) lead the cast as Maria Rainer or Captain Georg von Trapp, alongside Cáitlín Burke (The sound of music) as Mother Abbess Emily Borromeo (School of Rock) as Elsa Schraeder, Gavin Lee (SpongeBob SquarePants, Mary Poppins) as Max Detweiler, Analise Scarpaci (Mrs Doubtfire) as Liesl von Trapp, Andrew Alstat as Rolf Gruber, Stacia Fernandez (Mamma Mia!) as Mrs. Schmidt, Christopher Gurr (Kinky boots) as Herr Zeller, Paul Slade Smith (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) as Franz and Mark Banik (Nice) as Admiral von Schreiber.

Watch the video above for a glimpse of Ashley Blanchet singing the theme song in an exclusive performance at Playbill Studio.

The von Trapp children star in Coleman Simmons, age 14, of West Orange, New Jersey, as Friedrich; Jacey Sink, 12, of Summit, New Jersey, as Louisa; Cody Braverman, 10, of Short Hills, New Jersey, as Kurt; Tara Rajan, age 9, of Sands Point, New York, as Brigitta; Austin Elle Fisher, age 9, of Tinton Falls, New Jersey as Marta; and Charlotte Sydney Harrington, 7, of Shelton, Connecticut, as Gretl, with Charlotte Ewing, 11, of Chatham, New Jersey, and Ethan Joseph, 12, of Somerset, New Jersey, as substitutes.

Rounding out the ensemble are Griffin Binnicker, Dean Cestari, Brittany Conigatti, Nick Davis, Vincent DiPeri, Madeleine Doherty, Eric Michael Gillett, Gina Hanzlik, Katie Horner, Mary Illes, Meredith Lustig, Kate Mazza, Christine Price, Chandler Reeves, Emily Royer , Kayleen Seidl, Ariana Valdes, and Kai B. White.

The production is directed by Paper Mill’s Producing Artistic Director Mark S. Hoebee, who leads a creative team that includes choreographer Kenny Ingram, music director Meg Zervoulis, set designer Kelly James Tighe (originally designed by James Fouchard) and the Costume designer Leon Dobkowski includes Catherine Zuber’s original work, lighting designer Charlie Morrison, sound designer Sun Hee Kil and hair and wig designer Jimmy Goode. Casting is by Nora Brennan Casting and Gary Mickelson is serving as Production Stage Manager.

With music by Rodgers, lyrics by Hammerstein and a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, The sound of music is one of the most enduring works of musical theater of the Golden Age and tells the story of the real von Trapp family who became a worldwide success as a touring family choir. The musical debuted on Broadway in 1959, starring Mary Martin as a nun-turned-governess-turned-choirmaster, with Julie Andrews taking on the famous role for the hugely successful 1965 screen version. The musical would be the last collaboration for Rodgers and Hammerstein, with the latter passing months after the work took its first Broadway arc.

Visit PaperMill.org for tickets and more information.

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