Smash-hit stage show The Sound of Music brings the magic of Broadway to Sri Lanka to boost tourism
The Sound of Music film smashed box office records around the world when it opened in 1965, and the many Broadway productions have also been massively popular.
Now, for the first time, one of the most critically-acclaimed musicals in history is to be staged in the Sri Lanka capital Colombo courtesy of Cinnamon Life.
And it is hoped that the production, by Andrew Lloyd Webber and David Ian’s The Really Useful Group, will usher in many more such high-calibre shows and help put Sri Lanka firmly on the tourism musical map.
Says the Sunday Times: “A treasure trove of memories come flooding back, bringing with it the sweet memory of something good, timeless and precious.
“The Sound of Music, with over 1,500 Broadway performances, six Tony Awards, three million albums sold and five Academy Awards to its name, is one of the best loved musicals of all time.”
Indeed. The film’s re-release in 1990 increased the total admissions to 283.3 million worldwide, and the gross take, adjusted for inflation, to $2.366 billion at 2014 prices.
Says Cinnamon: “The Sound Of Music will be the first-ever event of its calibre to be performed in Sri Lanka, and will help to pave the way for Cinnamon Life, to host even more large-scale entertainment productions in the future.
“All sets, production equipment as well as cast and crew members will be brought in especially for the event, which promises to offer Sri Lankan and regional audiences the opportunity to immerse themselves in a truly memorable and iconic musical.”
At the Nelum Pokuna theatre from February 14–18, including two dedicated matinees. Tickets will be priced at Rs4,500 (restricted view), 7,500, 10,000, 15,000 and 20,000.
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