A brand-new international production of the world’s most beloved musical – THE SOUND OF MUSIC is coming to Malaysia for the first time this December. Over the last month, a casting search was conducted to find eighteen children (aged 6-14) to be part of the musical as members of the famous von Trapp children.
A recent announcement has confirmed that some of the most talented young Malaysian actors have been picked from a pool of over 400 talents. The forthcoming Broadway production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC will perform at Istana Budaya from 27 December later this year.
Speaking at a Press Conference at Dominus Arts Venue at Wangsa Maju yesterday, Base Entertainment Asia, part of the Tremendous Entertainment Group, announced the names of the selected boys and girls, aged six to fourteen, together with the creatives from the Broadway International Group.
“It is huge for Malaysia to be having its first international musical after a 2.5 years hiatus because of the pandemic. With the overwhelming response we received for The Phantom of the Opera – Kuala Lumpur 2019, we have put Malaysia on the map for international touring musicals,” said Datuk Jared Lim, Chairman of Base Entertainment Asia.
“Now with the brand-new Broadway production of The Sound of Music not only premiering in Kuala Lumpur but also auditioning for local children to star in it, we are taking arts and live entertainment in Malaysia to another level by bridging local and Broadway talent on an international platform,” added Lim.
“It has been a long wait during this pandemic and we are very happy to be able to finally bring another renowned international musical to Malaysia after the highly successful The Phantom of the Opera in 2019,” said Chantal Prudhomme, Chief Executive Officer of Base Entertainment Asia.
“These are exciting times for the live entertainment and arts scene in Malaysia because with THE SOUND OF MUSIC premiering in Kuala Lumpur, we are further setting precedence to present more international productions in the country. Also with the auditions, to be able to give local talent the chance to star in an international production from Broadway with professional actors is not only a dream come true, the possibilities of where this opportunity will take them are endless,” Prudhomme added.
“We have been eager to bring this beautiful production to Asia for years and are certain that Kuala Lumpur is an ideal city for this highly anticipated global tour,” said Simone Genatt and Marc Routh, Executive Producers of Broadway International Group said in a joint statement.
Genatt and Routh have worked on various international productions of THE SOUND OF MUSIC for over 25 years, including producing the 1997 Broadway Revival and five global tours as part of Broadway Asia, a production, management, and licensing company in the Asia Pacific region.
The Sound of Music is the first international musical coming to Malaysia after a 2.5 years hiatus and is set to inject excitement into the live entertainment and musical theatre scene here in Malaysia.
This highly acclaimed original production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC is directed by three-time Tony Award-winner and Broadway veteran Jack O’Brien, and comes directly from the NETWorks Presentations National Tour, which has entertained audiences for more than three years across North America. The production is choreographed by Danny Mefford and has Music Supervision by Andy Einhorn.
Credit cover image: [L-R]: The Sound of Music Tour Choreographer, James Gray & The Sound of Music Associate Tour Director, Anthony C. Daniel, local children selected to play members of the von Trapp family, Tremendous Entertainment Group Chief Executive Officer, Chantal Prudhomme and Chairman, Datuk Jared Lim.