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Antony Ferguson, Jace LeGarde and Hope Nordquist. Terry Cartie Norton / The Duluth Playhouse

The Duluth Playhouse's much-anticipated production of The Sound of Music opens Friday night at the NorShor Theatre in Downtown Duluth.

Two Wednesday night performances have been added to the nearly sold-out run to ensure everyone gets a chance to experience the world's most beloved musical.

Based on a true story, The Sound of Music is a testament to the power of love, family, and the triumph of the human spirit even in the darkest of times. At the heart of the musical is Maria Rainer, a spirited and free-thinking young woman who is training to be a nun but struggling with the strict rules and structure of the abbey. Her life takes an unexpected turn when she is sent to be the governess for the seven children of Captain Georg von Trapp, a retired naval officer who runs his household with military precision.

Maria’s arrival breathes new life into the von Trapp residence, filling the home with laughter and music. Even the Captain, once known for his stern demeanor, begins to open himself to Maria's warmth and kindness, and in the process, their connection deepens into a love that transcends the boundaries of time and circumstance.

An iconic Rodgers and Hammerstein collaboration, The Sound of Music boasts an unforgettable score, including "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "My Favorite Things," "Do-Re-Mi," and "Sixteen Going on Seventeen." With melodies that are cherished by generations, it's no wonder this musical masterpiece has earned a remarkable legacy, having won five Tony Awards, five Oscars, and a Grammy Award.

“The Sound of Music has been one of my favorite musicals from the first time I watched the movie on television with my family when I was seven years old,” said Phillip Fazio, the Producing Artistic Director of Duluth Playhouse, who is directing the production. “This powerful story about a family's struggle through turbulent times and the holistic power of music is more relevant now than ever before. We hope Twin Ports families will rediscover this timeless classic and share the joy of live theater with their loved ones this holiday season."

With a talented cast of 40 local performers and an orchestra of 20 musicians, The Sound of Music promises to capture the hearts of audiences of all ages, making it the must-see holiday event of the season.