Ticket sales for the critically-acclaimed musical, which is packing the crowds in at the city theatre, this week hit £1,053,000 – and the total is expected to rise further before the show closes its run on Saturday 17 April.
Until this week, the highest selling-show at His Majesty’s had been another musical, Miss Saigon, which sold £950,000’s worth of tickets in the summer of 2006. The highest-grossing play was last year’s production of Calendar Girls, which returns to the theatre this autumn (See News, 25 March 2010).
"The Sound of Music is one of the biggest shows ever to come to His Majesty's and around 40,000 people will see the show during its four week run,” said Aberdeen Performing Arts chief executive Duncan Hendry. “We are absolutely thrilled that it has broken through the £1m ticket sales record."
The Sound of Music opened at His Majesty’s on Wednesday last week, starring Connie Fisher and Michael Praed as Maria and Captain Von Trapp. They share the stage with Marilyn Hill Smith as Mother Abbess, Jacinta Mulcahy as Baroness Schraeder, Martin Callaghan as Max, Claire Fishenden as Liesl and Jeremy Taylor as Rolf. Kirsty Malpass plays Maria at certain performances.
This lavish production tells the story of the Von Trapp family’s flight across the mountains with its unforgettable score that includes some of the most memorable songs ever performed on the musical stage including 'My Favourite Things', 'Do-Re-Mi', 'Climb Ev’ry Mountain', 'The Lonely Goatherd' and the title song 'The Sound of Music'.
It is directed by Jeremy Sams, with choreography by Arlene Phillips, design by Robert Jones, sound by Mick Potter and lighting by Mark Henderson. It is produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber (for the Really Useful Group) and David Ian (for Live Nation).
This production of the legendary Rodgers and Hammerstein musical opened at the Wales Millennium Centre in July 2009 following 954 performances at the London Palladium.
The Sound of Music originally premiered on Broadway in 1959, when it won six Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The show first opened in London in 1961 with a revival in 1981, both productions having record-breaking runs. The 1965 Hollywood film, which starred Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, won five Oscars, including Best Picture