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The Hills Are Alive

As Summer 2011 arrives, THE SOUND OF MUSIC continues to flourish on stages the world over.  The record-breaking UK National Tour, co-produced by Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group and David Ian Productions, continues its trek across the British Isles;  an early autumn engagement of this tour, at London’s New Wimbledon Theatre, will reunite that production’s original stars Connie Fisher (Maria) and Lesley Garrett (the Mother Abbess).  Meanwhile, the Japanese version of this production, which ran in Tokyo from Spring 2010 for a full year, is scheduled to open in Osaka later this summer.  Montreal, in French-speaking Quebec, Canada, will present a return engagement this summer of LA MELODIE DU BONHEUR (“The Song of Happiness”) by theatrical troupe Productions Juste Pour Rire.  The venerable Pittsburgh (PA) Civic Light Opera leads America’s summertime productions of this R&H  classic with a late July staging, while Latin America embraces LA NOVICIA REBELDE (“The Rebellious Novice”) with productions in Caracas, Venezuela, and Buenos Aires, Argentina. Perhaps most historically dramatic of all, THE SOUND OF MUSIC “is coming home” to Salzburg, Austria.  The city where the real story is set, and where the iconic movie was filmed, has never hosted a production of the live stage musical until now.  The esteemed Landestheater (“State Theater”) will present THE SOUND OF MUSIC in repertory, starting in late October.  The production will be performed entirely in German, and will feature the 40-piece orchestra of the Mozarteum (Mozart Academy of Salzburg).

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