Saturday, June 9, 2012

The Hills are 'Men Alive' with Von Trapped!

To conclude its triumphant eleventh season, Men Alive - The Orange County Gay Men’s Chorus will present Von Trapped!, a uniquely entertaining, wholly original tribute to the Tony® and Oscar®-winning musical The Sound of Music... the way only Men Alive can do it!

Under the direction of Founder and artistic director Rich Cook and assistant director Bob Gunn, the 130-plus-voiced chorus will present three performances of Von Trapped! on Friday, July 20 (Opening Night) at 8pm and Saturday, July 21 at both 3pm and 8pm. All shows are performed at the Irvine Barclay Theatre in Irvine.

And for the first time in its 11-Season history, Men Alive will be debuting a show “out-of-town” before its official opening! An exclusive hour-long full-production preview presentation of Von Trapped! has been commissioned for the 2012 GALA Choruses Festival In Denver, CO on July 11 at the Buell Theatre. Arguably one of the world’s most beloved musicals of all time, The Sound of Music (and its memorable song book penned by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein III) will be revived and transformed into a one-of-a-kind extravaganza featuring moving orchestrations, genre-crossing remixes, fabulous costumes, buoyant choreography, and even a few rowdy, yodel-loving goats.

Leading this uniquely Men Alive tribute will be a troupe of singing thespians playing heroine governess Maria, her dashing suitor Captain Von Trapp, and his seven adorable children. And what would a wacky tribute to The Sound of Music be without a few dancing stormtroopers, a divalicious Baroness, and a full-on goat puppet show? And nuns. Lots and lots of nuns. As to be expected at a Men Alive show, hilarious, high-camp moments and dazzling visuals and special effects are intertwined seamlessly with Men Alive’s masterful choral musicality, ensuring a special summertime concert experience. So get set... because this summer, the hills are Men Alive with The Sound of Music!

Performances of Von Trapped! will take place at Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine CA 92612. Tickets are available online at www.thebarclay.org or by calling The Barclay box office at (949) 854-4646.

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