Broadway classic 'The Sound of Music' staged in Hong Kong amid ticket rush

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The classic Broadway musical, "The Sound of Music," will be staged at the Grand Theatre of the Xiqu Centre in the West Kowloon Cultural District in Hong Kong from April 16 to June 9. This presentation, jointly produced by the Broadway International Group and the China Arts and Entertainment Group (CAEG) under the Hong Kong-based Bauhinia Culture, has attracted widespread attention in Hong Kong. The market response has been fervent, with some families rushing to secure tickets online. In response to the demand from the audience, the organizers have decided to add 24 additional performances.

"The Sound of Music," adapted from the original "The Trapp Family Singers" by Austrian Maria von Trapp, features music by the iconic duo of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. The story unfolds in Austria before the Second World War, where Navy Captain von Trapp, after the death of his wife, manages his family of seven children much like he would a military unit. A young and lively nun, Maria, is appointed as their governess. Her arrival changes the household as she teaches the children to sing, winning their affection with her engaging methods and ultimately thawing the icy heart of the Captain through music.

Since its debut, the musical has garnered numerous awards, including Tony Awards, Grammy Awards, and an Oscar, making it one of the highest-grossing musicals in history. It has been performed over 4,000 times in total at Broadway in New York and in the West End in London, even setting a Guinness World Record for the highest attendance in a single week.

This year marks the 65th anniversary of the first performance of "The Sound of Music." The international tour's Hong Kong stop promises a multitude of highlights, bringing together top musical actors and production teams from around the world. Directed by Jack O'Brien, a three-time recipient of the highest awards in musical theater, the production offers a deep exploration of character relationships and richer human nuances, providing a fresh perspective and experience of this classic work.

During the approximately two and a half hours of performance, classic songs such as "Do-Re-Mi," "Edelweiss," and "The Lonely Goatherd" will be presented splendidly. With the aid of modern stage facilities and advanced lighting and sound systems, audiences will be able to relive the awe and emotion brought by this classic musical.