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Brooklyn Center to Host SING-A-LONG-A SOUND OF MUSIC, 5/19

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Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College (BCBC) presents Sing-a-long-a Sound of Music on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 1pm. All tickets are $15 and can be purchased by phone at 718-951-4500 (Tues-Sat, 1pm-6pm), or online at www.BrooklynCenterOnline.org. Recommended for ages six and up.

Sing-a-long-a Sound of Music is an interactive screening of the Academy Award-winning movie musical, The Sound of Music. The film is screened with subtitles and the audience is encouraged to sing along. Before the movie begins, the host will lead the audience through a vocal warm-up, teach the group activities that will unfold at certain moments of the show, and host a costume competition. Attendees are encouraged, but not required, to come in costumes related to The Sound of Music, and are given goody bags full of props to use at designated moments in the show.

Sing-a-long-a Sound of Music has been on tour around the UK since January 2000 visiting almost every major venue in the country. In 2001 over 7,000 dressed up to an outdoors sing-a-long at the famous Kenwood House in London. The show launched in New York in September 2000 at the Zeigfeld Theatre with a gala performance attended by Charmian Carr (Liesl), Richard Hammond (Friedrich), Heather Menzies (Louisa), Duane Chase (Kurt), Angela Cartwright (Brigitta), Debbie Turner (Marta), Kym Karath (Gretl), Daniel Truhitte (Rolfe), and three goats. It has also played extended runs in Amsterdam, Dublin, St. Louis, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Toronto, Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, Oslo, Stockholm and many other major cities around the globe. A highlight has been a series of sold-out performances to 18,000 people each time at the famous Hollywood Bowl.

Sing-a-long-a Sound of Music was followed by the first ever live show - Sing-a-long-a Abba which celebrated its 10th Anniversary with a tour in 2011. It enjoyed a highly successful run at The Whitehall Theatre in London's West End in 2003 and has played in Toronto, New Zealand and St Petersburg, Russia, as well as a sold-out run at the Edinburgh Festival in 2002.

2011 saw the addition of Sing-a-long-a Grease, the film that audiences have been asking for since the very beginning. It has been running in London since May 2011 and will tour the UK from January 2012.

Other Sing-a-long-a shows include Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (launched by Donny Osmond in 2002), The Wizard of Oz, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Hairspray and, in 2004, the second live show, Sing-a-long-a Elvis.

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts' Walt Whitman Theatre at Brooklyn College; 2/5 trains to Brooklyn College/Flatbush Avenue. Online orders: BrooklynCenterOnline.org. Box Office: (718) 951-4500 (Tues-Sat, 1pm-6pm). Groups of 15 or more: (718) 951-4600, ext. 3331.

Founded in 1954, the mission of Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts is to present outstanding performing arts and arts education programs, reflective of Brooklyn's diverse communities, at affordable prices. Brooklyn Center's presentations explore both the classical traditions and the boldest contemporary performances, embracing the world culture that defines Brooklyn. Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts welcomes over 65,000 people to the 2,400-seat Walt Whitman Theatre each season, and boasts one of the largest arts education programs in the borough, serving 46,000 schoolchildren from over 300 schools annually with its SchoolTime series. In recognition of its commitment to quality family programming, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts has been recognized as both Brooklyn's Best Theater or Theater Group for Kids and Brooklyn's Best Place for Family Bonding by Nickelodeon's ParentsConnect Parents' Picks Awards.

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