And speaking of The Sound of Music (See News, 16 May 2006), while we still don’t know who the winning Maria Von Trapp will be, there’s plenty of talk about who will be playing the other key parts in Jeremy Sams’ production, which opens at the London Palladium on 14 November 2006 (previews from 3 November). In addition to probable Maria alternate Emma Williams, the principals are expected to include Simon Shepherd as Captain Von Trapp, Lauren Ward as the Baroness and, as previously reported, Lesley Garrett as the Mother Abbess.