(Photo: Matthew Murphy)

The brand-new production of The Sound of Music, produced by NETworks Presentations, returns to the Straz Center in Tampa, June 5-10, sponsored in part by Chick-Fil-A Tampa Bay and the Tampa Bay Times.

The Sound of Music features music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, suggested by The Trapp Family Singers by Maria Augusta Trapp. The beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony®, Grammy® and Academy Award®–winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Edelweiss” and the title song.

It was a pleasure to sit down with Adam Ross Glickman (Herr Zeller, u/s Max Detweiler), Florida native, for this Hotspots Exclusive interview. This is Adam’s National tour debut, but his former credits include: The Boys Next Door (Barry), ShowChoir the Musical! (with Broadway’s Christiane Noll), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Moth). He is also a Billboard Charting Songwriter, and Jimmy Awards Nominee.

Adam Ross Glickman

At what age did you begin singing/acting?

My parents put me in every sport possible, but I was never good at any of them. When I was 11, I auditioned for the choir and got all the solos; I really liked it. I was then sent to performing arts camp and I fell in love. From then on, it was history.

What was your first Professional/Paid gig?

In Oxford Mississippi I did “Love Labors Lost” and played Moth. I sprained my ankle right before the live shows and I had to change my character and give him a limp. I was in excruciating pain, but the show must go on.

Other than this show, what role has been your favorite to play and why?

My favorite role to play was Sweeny Todd in Sweeny Todd in High School. I was nominated for the Jimmy Nederlanders Award for this role. I love Sondheim and the darkness and the depth of this character. I hope to play Sweeny Todd again one day. I also loved Barry in “The Boys Next Door.” He is a schizophrenic and I found it hard to play, but it was so challenging.

You are a billboard charting songwriter, when did you start writing music, and how did that come about?

When I first moved to New York, in 2015, I started writing music. I go the job to survive, but I fell in love with writing. I still work on it every day and hope to release a full project in a years’ time.

You were born and raised in Fort Lauderdale. Do you get back often and how excited are you to be touring in Florida?

I do get back often, because I am super close with my family. I am so excited about performing at the Broward Center as it’s the first time my grandmother will see me perform professionally, and it is the place where I saw my first musical; Showboat.

What should the South Florida audiences expect out of this touring company of The Sound Of Music?

It’s beautiful, and the whole creative team are Tony Award winning. The costumes are straight from Austria and Germany. The lighting is amazing and the actors are a joy to work with. I think the show is like the movie but it’s more relatable to a modern audience. One of the lines I love that mother Abbott says is “How do you choose to spend your love?” and I think it’s a message everyone should think of and take away from the show.

For more information on Adam, either go to his website at: adamrossofficial.com or follow him on Facebook or Instagram/adamrossofficial.

The Sound of Music will play the Straz Center’s Morsani Hall, June 5-10. Performances are Tuesday-Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Regularly priced tickets are $31-$83 and may be purchased by calling 813.229.STAR (7827) or 800.955.1045 outside Tampa Bay, in person at the Straz Center Ticket Office or online at StrazCenter.org.

For more information, please visit TheSoundOfMusicOnTour.com.