Young talent wanted for Broadway musical in KL

CALLING all kids passionate about theatre and the performing arts.

A casting search is now on in Malaysia for 18 children, ages six to 14, to be part of a brand-new international production of the world’s most beloved musical, “The Sound of Music”.

The producers and presenter of the musical are looking for 18 outstanding girls and boys from Malaysia to play the roles of the six younger von Trapp children — Friedrich, Louisa, Kurt, Brigitta, Marta and Gretl — in three separate casts.

Auditions will be held at the Grand Hall of Dominus Arts Venue in Wangsa Maju, Kuala Lumpur (KL), on June 28-29.

Those aged between six to 14 are invited to register via an online form at https://thesoundofmusic.asia/ where further details can be found.

The children are expected to sing in English and have a good level of skill in acting, singing (including harmonies) and dancing. The young talent must be available for all rehearsals and performances as listed on the registration site.

All ethnicities and nationalities are very welcome.

The original production of “The Sound of Music” is also currently searching for another 18 children to be part of its Singapore engagement in November, before heading to Malaysia.

The legendary musical — produced by Broadway International Group, Simone Genatt and Marc Routh, and presented by Base Entertainment Asia — will take stage at the Istana Budaya in KL this December. Tickets will be on sale this month.

This highly acclaimed original production 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 with music supervision by Andy Einhorn.

Base Entertainment Asia chairman Datuk Jared Lim said: “It is huge for Malaysia to be having its first international musical after a 2.5-year hiatus because of the pandemic. With the overwhelming response we received for ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ – KL 2019, we have put Malaysia on the map for international touring musicals.

“Now with the brand-new Broadway production of ‘The Sound of Music’ not only premiering in KL, 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.”

Broadway International Group executive producers said: “We have been eager to bring this beautiful production to Asia for years and are certain that KL is an ideal city for this highly anticipated global tour.”

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.