The hills are alive as Paper Mill Playhouse proudly presents

 “The Sound of Music” 

October 29 through December 14, 2003

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Robert Cuccioli returns (“Funny Girl,” “Victor/Victoria” and “Oklahoma!”) to Paper Mill to star as Captain Georg von Trapp.    Ed Dixon returns (PM’s “Pippin” and “My Fair Lady”) to play Uncle Max and Donna English returns (PM’s “The Secret Garden”) to play Baroness Elsa Schraeder.

Cuccioli, best known to Broadway audiences for his Tony-nominated turn in Jekyll & Hyde, will play Captain Georg von Trapp in the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic.

Playing Maria in Paper Mill’s “The Sound of Musicwill be Amanda Watkins.   

Amanda’s Broadway credits include Urinetown (Becky Two Shoes), Cabaret (Frenchie), Grease, Cats, Beauty and the Beast. She toured nationally in South Pacific (opposite Robert Goulet), Cabaret and Oklahoma!  Regionally she has appeared in Mirette (Goodspeed Opera House), Damn Yankees (Westchester Broadway Theatre), and Can-Can (Sacramento Music Circus).  Amanda holds BFA Music Theatre Graduate at FSU. 

The Sound of Music originally opened at Broadway's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in Nov. 1959. Mary Martin headed a cast that also included Theodore Bikel and Patricia Neway; the most recent Broadway revival featured Rebecca Luker as the beloved Maria von Trapp. The classic score boasts such tunes as "Do Re Mi," "My Favorite Things," "The Sound of Music" and "Climb Ev'ry Mountain."

 The Sound of Music 

Music by Richard Rodgers  Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse

Based on “The Trapp Family Singers” by Maria von Trapp

 Directed and Choreographed by James Brennan

Music Direction by Tom Helm

Tickets are $30-$67 by calling 973-376-4343

The Paper Mill: The State Theatre of New Jersey is located in Millburn, N.J., on Brookside Drive.   Tickets are now on sale.