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Mann & Huber Bring The Sound of Music to Seattle, Nov. 29-Dec. 18

Seattle's hills will be alive with The Sound of Music when Terrence Mann and Kim Huber lead a 37-member cast in the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic at the 5th Avenue Theatre. The show will run November 29 – December 18, 2005, which coincides with the 40th anniversary of the beloved 1965 film starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer.

Terrence Mann makes his Seattle stage debut as the strict Captain von Trapp and Kim Huber, will play the mischievous Maria.
 
Cara Rudd, Charlie Meissner, Kirstin Maki (5th Avenue Theatre Award Nominee), Josh Froebe, Jenna Levin, Olivia Spokoiny, and Paige Befeler are the Seattle-area children who will play the Von Trapp children. At age 5, Befeler (daughter of Kim Huber) will make her 5th Avenue stage debut as little Gretl. The cast will also include Susan Marie Pierson as Mother Abbess, David Hunter Koch as Max, and Kristin Flanders as Elsa, among others. Jamie Rocco will helm the show.

"Set in Austria, this is the story of an aspiring nun who is sent from the convent to work as a governess for seven unruly children. The high-spirited Maria arrives, guitar in hand, to fill Captain von Trapp's home with warmth and music. Over time the Captain and Maria fall in love but are forced to leave their homeland forever to escape the Nazi regime. The soaring Rodgers and Hammerstein score includes 'My Favorite Things,' 'Climb Ev'ry Mountain' and "Edelweiss,'" state press notes.

Mann received Tony Award nominations for creating the roles of Javert in Les Miserables and The Beast in Beauty and The Beast; other Broadway credits include Cats (in which he created the role of the Rum Tum Tugger), Rags, Jerome Robbins' Broadway, Barnum, The Scarlet Pimpernel, and The Rocky Horror Show. Huber is also a Beauty and the Beast veteran, having played the role of Belle in the national tour. Other Broadway credits include Sunset Boulevard and Marie Christine, and her portrayal of Nellie in the Floyd Collins national tour earned her both Jefferson and Barrymore nominations. She has also starred in the West Coast regional premieres of The Last Five Years, The Spitfire Grill, The Scarlet Pimpernel, and Stephen Sondheim's Saturday Night.

"The 5th Avenue Theatre is Seattle's premier musical theater showplace," according to press notes. "The 2005-2006 season marks the 25th anniversary of the non-profit 5th Avenue Theatre which, in 1980, began producing and presenting top-quality live musical theater for the cultural enrichment of the Northwest community. The 5th Avenue Theatre maintains a subscription audience of 24,000 and an annual attendance of 200,000 – 300,000. The 5th Avenue Theatre continues its season in 2006 with the world premiere musical The Wedding Singer January 31 – February 19, 2006."
 
The Sound of Music replaces Doctor Doolittle as The 5th Avenue Theatre's holiday production. Tickets are on sale now and range in price from $19-$71; they are available over the phone through Ticketmaster at (206) 292-ARTS (2787), online at ticketmaster.com or in person at any Ticketmaster Ticket Center as well as The 5th Avenue Theatre Box Office, 1308 5th Avenue in downtown Seattle. There is no service charge when purchasing tickets in person at The 5th Avenue Theatre Box Office. For more information, visit www.fifthavenuetheatre.org.

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