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The Sound of Music
The Sound of Music
is a musical with music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Oscar Hammerstein II
and a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. It is based on the memoir of Maria von Trapp, The Story of the Trapp Family Singers. Set in Austria on the eve of the Anschluss
in 1938, the musical tells the story of Maria, who takes a job as governess to a large family while she decides whether to become a nun. She falls in love with the children, and eventually their widowed father, Captain von Trapp. He is ordered to accept a commission in the German navy, but he opposes the Nazis. He and Maria decide on a plan to flee Austria with the children. Many songs from the musical have become standards, such as "Edelweiss", "My Favorite Things", "Climb Ev'ry Mountain", "Do-Re-Mi", and the title song "The Sound of Music". The original Broadway production, starring Mary Martin
Mary Martin
and Theodore Bikel, opened in 1959[1] and won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, out of nine nominations. The first London
production opened at the Palace Theatre in 1961. The show has enjoyed numerous productions and revivals since then. It was adapted as a 1965 film musical starring Julie Andrews
Julie Andrews
and Christopher Plummer, which won five Academy Awards. The Sound of Music
The Sound of Music
was the last musical written by Rodgers and Hammerstein; Oscar Hammerstein died of cancer nine months after the Broadway premiere.


1 History 2 Story

2.1 Act I 2.2 Act II

3 Musical numbers 4 Characters 5 Productions

5.1 Original productions 5.2 1981 London
revival 5.3 1998 Broadway revival 5.4 2006 London
revival 5.5 Other notable productions

6 Film adaptation 7 Television adaptations 8 Reception 9 Cast recordings 10 Awards and nominations

10.1 Original Broadway production 10.2 1998 Broadway Revival

11 Notes 12 References 13 Further reading 14 External links

History[edit] After viewing The Trapp Family, a 1956 West German
West German
film about the von Trapp family, and its 1958 sequel (Die Trapp-Familie in Amerika), stage director Vincent J. Donehue thought that the project would be perfect for his friend Mary Martin; Broadway producers Leland Hayward and Richard Halliday (Martin's husband) agreed.[2] The producers originally envisioned a non-musical play that would be written by Lindsay and Crouse and that would feature songs from the repertoire of the Trapp Family Singers. Then they decided to add an original song or two, perhaps by Rodgers and Hammerstein. But it was soon agreed that the project should feature all new songs and be a musical rather than a play.[3] Details of the history of the von Trapp family were altered for the musical. The real Georg von Trapp
Georg von Trapp
did live with his family in a villa in Aigen, a suburb of Salzburg. He wrote to the Nonnberg Abbey
Nonnberg Abbey
in 1926 asking for a nun to help tutor his sick daughter, and the Mother Abbess
sent Maria. His wife had died in 1922. The real Maria and Georg married at the Nonnberg Abbey
Nonnberg Abbey
in 1927. Lindsay and Crouse altered the story so that Maria was governess to all of the children, whose names and ages were changed, as was Maria's original surname (the show used "Rainer" instead of "Kutschera"). The von Trapps spent some years in Austria after Maria and the Captain married and was offered a commission in Germany's navy. Since von Trapp opposed the Nazis
by that time, the family left Austria after the Anschluss, going by train to Italy
and then traveling on to London
and the United States.[4] To make the story more dramatic, Lindsay and Crouse had the family, soon after Maria's and the Captain's wedding, escape over the mountains to Switzerland on foot. Story[edit] Act I[edit] In Salzburg, Austria, just before World War II, nuns from Nonnberg Abbey
sing the Dixit Dominus. One of the postulants, Maria Rainer, is on the nearby mountainside, regretting leaving the beautiful hills ("The Sound of Music") where she was brought up. She returns late. The Mother Abbess
and the other nuns consider what to do about her ("Maria"). Maria explains her lateness, saying she was raised on that mountain, and apologizes for singing in the garden without permission. The Mother Abbess
joins her in song ("My Favorite Things").[5] The Mother Abbess
tells her that she should spend some time outside the abbey to decide whether she is ready for the monastic life. She will act as the governess to the seven children of a widower, Austro-Hungarian Navy
Austro-Hungarian Navy
submarine Captain Georg von Trapp. Maria arrives at the villa of Captain von Trapp. He explains her duties and summons the children with a boatswain's call. They march in, clad in uniforms. He teaches her their individual signals on the call, but she openly disapproves of this militaristic approach. Alone with them, she breaks through their wariness and teaches them the basics of music ("Do-Re-Mi"). Rolf, a young messenger, delivers a telegram and then meets with the oldest child, Liesl, outside the villa. He claims he knows what is right for her because he is a year older than she ("Sixteen Going on Seventeen"). They kiss, and he runs off, leaving her squealing with joy. Meanwhile, the housekeeper, Frau Schmidt, gives Maria material to make new clothes, as Maria had given all her possessions to the poor. Maria sees Liesl slipping in through the window, wet from a sudden thunderstorm, but agrees to keep her secret. The other children are frightened by the storm. Maria sings "The Lonely Goatherd" to distract them. Captain von Trapp arrives a month later from Vienna
with Baroness Elsa Schräder and Max Detweiler. Elsa tells Max that something is preventing the Captain from marrying her. He opines that only poor people have the time for great romances ("How Can Love Survive"). Rolf enters, looking for Liesl, and greets them with "Heil". The Captain orders him away, saying that he is Austrian, not German. Maria and the children leapfrog in, wearing play-clothes that she made from the old drapes in her room. Infuriated, the Captain sends them off to change. She tells him that they need him to love them, and he angrily orders her back to the abbey. As she apologizes, they hear the children singing "The Sound of Music", which she had taught them, to welcome Elsa Schräder. He joins in and embraces them. Alone with Maria, he asks her to stay, thanking her for bringing music back into his house. Elsa is suspicious of her until she explains that she will be returning to the abbey in September. The Captain gives a party to introduce Elsa, and guests argue over the Anschluss. Kurt asks Maria to teach him to dance the Ländler. When he fails to negotiate a complicated figure, the Captain steps in to demonstrate. He and Maria dance until they come face-to-face; and she breaks away, embarrassed and confused. Discussing the expected marriage between Elsa and the Captain, Brigitta tells Maria that she thinks Maria and the Captain are really in love with each other. Elsa asks the Captain to allow the children to say goodnight to the guests with a song, "So Long, Farewell". Max is amazed at their talent and wants them for the Kaltzberg Festival, which he is organizing. The guests leave for the dining room, and Maria slips out the front door with her luggage. At the abbey, Maria says that she is ready to take her monastic vows; but the Mother Abbess
realizes that she is running away from her feelings. She tells her to face the Captain and discover if they love each other, and tells her to search for and find the life she was meant to live ("Climb Ev'ry Mountain"). Act II[edit] Max teaches the children how to sing on stage. When the Captain tries to lead them, they complain that he is not doing it as Maria did. He tells them that he has asked Elsa to marry him. They try to cheer themselves up by singing "My Favorite Things" but are unsuccessful until they hear Maria singing on her way to rejoin them. Learning of the wedding plans, she decides to stay only until the Captain can arrange for another governess. Max and Elsa argue with him about the imminent Anschluss, trying to convince him that it is inevitable ("No Way to Stop It"). When he refuses to compromise, Elsa breaks off the engagement. Alone, the Captain and Maria finally admit their love, desiring only to be "An Ordinary Couple". As they marry, the nuns reprise "Maria" against the wedding processional. During the honeymoon, Max prepares the children to perform at the Kaltzberg Festival. Herr Zeller, the Gauleiter, demands to know why they are not flying the flag of the Third Reich
Third Reich
now that the Anschluss has occurred. The Captain and Maria return early from their honeymoon before the Festival. In view of developments, he refuses to allow the children to sing. Max argues that they would sing for Austria, but the Captain points out that it no longer exists. Maria and Liesl discuss romantic love; Maria predicts that in a few years Liesl will be married (" Sixteen Going on Seventeen (Reprise)"). Rolf enters with a telegram that offers the Captain a commission in the German Navy, and Liesl is upset to discover that Rolf is now a committed Nazi. The Captain consults Maria and decides that they must secretly flee Austria. German Admiral von Schreiber arrives to find out why Captain von Trapp has not answered the telegram. He explains that the German Navy holds him in high regard, offers him the commission, and tells him to report immediately to Bremerhaven
to assume command. Maria says that he cannot leave immediately, as they are all singing in the Festival concert; and the Admiral agrees to wait. At the concert, after the von Trapps sing an elaborate reprise of "Do-Re-Mi", Max brings out the Captain's guitar. Captain von Trapp sings "Edelweiss", as a goodbye to his homeland, while using Austria's national flower as a symbol to declare his loyalty to the country. Max asks for an encore and announces that this is the von Trapp family's last chance to sing together, as the honor guard waits to escort the Captain to his new command. While the judges decide on the prizes, the von Trapps sing "So Long, Farewell", leaving the stage in small groups. Max then announces the runners-up, stalling as much as possible. When he announces that the first prize goes to the von Trapps and they do not appear, the Nazis
start a search. The family hides at the Abbey, and Sister Margaretta tells them that the borders have been closed. Rolf comes upon them and calls his lieutenant, but after seeing Liesl he changes his mind and tells him they aren't there. The Nazis
leave, and the von Trapps flee over the Alps
as the nuns reprise "Climb Ev'ry Mountain". Musical numbers[edit]

Act I

"Preludium" – Mother Abbess
with Nuns "The Sound of Music" – Maria "Maria" – Sister Berthe, Sister Sophia, Sister Margaretta, and the Mother Abbess "My Favorite Things" – Maria and the Mother Abbess "My Favorite Things" (reprise 1) – Maria "Do-Re-Mi" – Maria and the children "Sixteen Going on Seventeen" – Rolf and Liesl "The Lonely Goatherd" – Maria and the children "The Lonely Goatherd" (reprise) – Gretl "How Can Love Survive" – Max and Elsa "The Sound of Music" (reprise) – Maria, the Captain and the children "Ländler" (instrumental) "So Long, Farewell" – The children "Morning Hymn" – Nuns "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" – Mother Abbess

Act II

"My Favorite Things" (reprise 2) – Maria and the children "No Way to Stop It" – Elsa, Max and the Captain "An Ordinary Couple" – Maria and the Captain † "Gaudeamus Domino" – Nuns "Maria" (reprise) – Nuns "Confitemini Domino" – Nuns "Sixteen Going on Seventeen" (reprise) – Maria and Liesl "Do-Re-Mi" (reprise) – Maria, the Captain, and the children ‡ "Edelweiss" – The Captain "So Long, Farewell" (reprise) – Maria, the Captain, and the children "Finale Ultimo" (reprise of "Climb Every Mountain") – Nuns


The musical numbers listed appeared in the original production unless otherwise noted. † Sometimes replaced by "Something Good", which was written for the film version. ‡ Replaced by "The Lonely Goatherd" in the 1998 revival. In some productions, "My Favorite Things" follows "Sixteen Going on Seventeen" in the thunderstorm scene, while "The Lonely Goatherd" is shifted to the concert scene. Many stage revivals have also included "I Have Confidence" and "Something Good", which were written by Richard Rodgers
Richard Rodgers
for the film version (since the film was made after original lyricist Oscar Hammerstein's death). Although many people believe that "Edelweiss" is a traditional Austrian song, it was written for the musical and did not become known in Austria until after the film's success.[6] The Ländler
dance performed by Maria and the Captain during the party is only loosely based on the traditional Austrian dance of the same name.[7]

Characters[edit] Sources: IBDB and Guidetomusicaltheatre.com[8]

Maria Rainer, a postulant at Nonnberg Abbey Captain Georg von Trapp Max Detweiler, Captain von Trapp's friend, a music agent and producer The Mother Abbess, the head of Nonnberg Abbey Baroness Elsa Schräder[9] "wealthy and sophisticated" and Captain von Trapp's would-be fiancée Rolf Gruber, the 17-year-old Nazi
delivery boy who is in love with Liesl Sister Bertha, the Mistress of Novices Sister Margareta, the Mistress of Postulants Sister Sophia, a sister at the Abbey Herr Zeller, the Gauleiter Franz, Captain von Trapp's butler Frau Schmidt, Captain von Trapp's housekeeper The Children:

Liesl von Trapp, age 16 Friedrich von Trapp, age 14 Louisa von Trapp, age 13 Kurt von Trapp, age 11 Brigitta von Trapp, age 10 Marta von Trapp, age 7 Gretl von Trapp, age 5

Ensemble includes nuns, high-society neighbors of Captain von Trapp who attend the ball thrown in Elsa's honor, Nazi
soldiers and contestants in the festival concert

Productions[edit] Original productions[edit]

Mary Martin
Mary Martin
and children in a publicity photo, 1959

The Sound of Music
The Sound of Music
opened on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
on November 16, 1959, moved to the Mark Hellinger Theatre
Mark Hellinger Theatre
on November 6, 1962, and closed on June 15, 1963, after 1,443 performances. The director was Vincent J. Donehue, and the choreographer was Joe Layton. The original cast included Mary Martin
Mary Martin
(at age 46) as Maria, Theodore Bikel as Captain Georg von Trapp, Patricia Neway as Mother Abbess, Kurt Kasznar
Kurt Kasznar
as Max Detweiler, Marion Marlowe as Elsa Schräder, Brian Davies as Rolf and Lauri Peters as Liesl. Sopranos Patricia Brooks and June Card were ensemble members in the original production. The show tied for the Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Musical with Fiorello!. Other awards included Martin for Best Actress in a Musical, Neway for Best Featured Actress, Best Scenic Design (Oliver Smith) and Best Conductor And Musical Director (Frederick Dvonch). Bikel and Kasznar were nominated for acting awards, and Donehue was nominated for his direction. The entire children's cast was nominated for Best Featured Actress category as a single nominee, even though two of the children were boys.[10] Martha Wright replaced Martin in the role of Maria on Broadway in October 1961, followed by Karen Gantz in July 1962, Jeannie Carson in August 1962[11] and Nancy Dussault
Nancy Dussault
in September 1962. Jon Voight, who eventually married co-star Lauri Peters, was a replacement for Rolf. The national tour starred Florence Henderson
Florence Henderson
as Maria and Beatrice Krebs as Mother Abbess. It opened at the Grand Riviera Theater, Detroit, on February 27, 1961, and closed November 23, 1963, at the O'Keefe Centre, Toronto. Henderson was succeeded by Barbara Meister in June 1962. Theodore Bikel
Theodore Bikel
was not satisfied playing the role of the Captain, because of the role's limited singing,[citation needed] and Bikel did not like to play the same role over and over again. In his autobiography, he writes: "I promised myself then that if I could afford it, I would never do a run as long as that again."[12] The original Broadway cast album sold three million copies. The musical premiered in London's West End at the Palace Theatre on May 18, 1961, and ran for 2,385 performances. It was directed by Jerome Whyte and used the original New York choreography, supervised by Joe Layton, and the original sets designed by Oliver Smith. The cast included Jean Bayless as Maria, followed by Sonia Rees, Roger Dann as Captain von Trapp, Constance Shacklock as Mother Abbess, Eunice Gayson as Elsa Schrader, Harold Kasket as Max Detweiler, Barbara Brown as Liesl, Nicholas Bennett as Rolf and Olive Gilbert as Sister Margaretta.[13] 1981 London
revival[edit] In 1981, at producer Ross Taylor's urging, Petula Clark
Petula Clark
agreed to star in a revival of the show at the Apollo Victoria Theatre
Apollo Victoria Theatre
in London's West End. Michael Jayston played Captain von Trapp, Honor Blackman
Honor Blackman
was the Baroness and June Bronhill
June Bronhill
the Mother Abbess. Other notable cast members included Helen Anker, John Bennett and Martina Grant.[14] Despite her misgivings that, at age 49, she was too old to play the role convincingly, Clark opened to unanimous rave reviews and the largest advance sale in the history of British theatre at that time. Maria von Trapp, who attended the opening night performance, described Clark as "the best" Maria ever. Clark extended her initial six-month contract to thirteen months. Playing to 101 percent of seating capacity, the show set the highest attendance figure for a single week (October 26–31, 1981) of any British musical production in history (as recorded in The Guinness Book of Theatre).[15] It was the first stage production to incorporate the two additional songs ("Something Good" and "I Have Confidence") that Richard Rodgers
Richard Rodgers
composed for the film version.[16] "My Favorite Things" had a similar context to the film version, while the short verse "A Bell is No Bell" was extended into a full-length song for Maria and the Mother Abbess. "The Lonely Goatherd" was set in a new scene at a village fair. The cast recording of this production was the first to be recorded digitally. It was released on CD for the first time in 2010 by the UK label Pet Sounds and included two bonus tracks from the original single issued by Epic to promote the production. 1998 Broadway revival[edit] Director Susan H. Schulman staged the first Broadway revival of The Sound of Music, with Rebecca Luker
Rebecca Luker
as Maria and Michael Siberry as Captain von Trapp. It also featured Patti Cohenour as Mother Abbess, Jan Maxwell
Jan Maxwell
as Elsa Schrader, Fred Applegate as Max Detweiler, Dashiell Eaves as Rolf, Patricia Conolly as Frau Schmidt and Laura Benanti, in her Broadway debut, as Luker's understudy. Later, Luker and Siberry were replaced by Richard Chamberlain as the Captain and Benanti as Maria. Lou Taylor Pucci
Lou Taylor Pucci
made his Broadway debut as the understudy for Kurt von Trapp. The production opened on March 12, 1998, at the Martin Beck Theatre, and closed on June 20, 1999, after 533 performances. This production was nominated for a Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Revival of a Musical.[17] It then toured in North America. 2006 London
revival[edit] An Andrew Lloyd Webber
Andrew Lloyd Webber
production opened on November 15, 2006, at the London
Palladium and ran until February 2009, produced by Live Nation's David Ian and Jeremy Sams. Following failed negotiations with Hollywood star Scarlett Johansson,[18] the role of Maria was cast through a UK talent search reality TV show called How Do You Solve a Problem like Maria? The talent show was produced by (and starred) Andrew Lloyd Webber
Andrew Lloyd Webber
and featured presenter/comedian Graham Norton
Graham Norton
and a judging panel of David Ian, John Barrowman
John Barrowman
and Zoe Tyler. Connie Fisher was selected by public voting as the winner of the show. In early 2007, Fisher suffered from a heavy cold that prevented her from performing for two weeks. To prevent further disruptions, an alternate Maria, Aoife Mulholland, a fellow contestant on How Do You Solve a Problem like Maria?, played Maria on Monday evenings and Wednesday matinee performances. Simon Shepherd was originally cast as Captain von Trapp, but after two preview performances he was withdrawn from the production, and Alexander Hanson moved into the role in time for the official opening date along with Lesley Garrett as the Mother Abbess. After Garrett left, Margaret Preece took the role. The cast also featured Lauren Ward as the Baroness, Ian Gelder as Max, Sophie Bould as Liesl, and Neil McDermott as Rolf. Other notable replacements have included Simon Burke
Simon Burke
and Simon MacCorkindale as the Captain and newcomer Amy Lennox as Liesl. Summer Strallen
Summer Strallen
replaced Fisher in February 2008, [19] with Mulholland portraying Maria on Monday evenings and Wednesday matinees.[20] The revival received enthusiastic reviews, especially for Fisher, Preece, Bould and Garrett. A cast recording of the London
Palladium cast was released.[21] The production closed on February 21, 2009, after a run of over two years[22] and was followed by a UK national tour, described below. Other notable productions[edit]

1960s to 2000

The first Australian production opened at Melbourne's Princess Theatre in 1961 and ran for three years. The production was directed by Charles Hickman, with musical numbers staged by Ernest Parham. The cast included June Bronhill
June Bronhill
as Maria, Peter Graves as Captain von Trapp and Rosina Raisbeck as Mother Abbess. A touring company then played for years, with Vanessa Lee (Graves' wife) in the role of Maria. The cast recording made in 1961 was the first time a major overseas production featuring Australian artists was transferred to disc.[citation needed] A Puerto Rican production, performed in English, opened at the Tapia Theatre in San Juan under the direction of Pablo Cabrera in 1966. It starred Camille Carrión as María and Raúl Dávila as Captain Von Trapp, and it featured a young Johanna Rosaly as Liesl. In 1968, the production transferred to the Teatro de la Zarzuela
Teatro de la Zarzuela
in Madrid, Spain, where it was performed in Spanish with Carrión reprising the role of María, Alfredo Mayo as Captain Von Trapp and Roberto Rey
Roberto Rey
as Max.[citation needed] In 1988, the Moon Troupe of Takarazuka Revue
Takarazuka Revue
performed the musical at the Bow Hall (Takarazuka, Hyōgo). Harukaze Hitomi and Gou Mayuka starred.[23] A 1990 New York City Opera
New York City Opera
production, directed by Oscar Hammerstein II's son, James, featured Debby Boone as Maria, Laurence Guittard as Captain von Trapp, and Werner Klemperer
Werner Klemperer
as Max.[24] In the 1993 Stockholm production, Carola Häggkvist played Maria and Tommy Körberg played Captain von Trapp.[citation needed] An Australian revival played in the Lyric Theatre, Sydney, New South Wales, from November 1999 to February 2000. Lisa McCune
Lisa McCune
played Maria, John Waters was Captain von Trapp, Bert Newton
Bert Newton
was Max, Eilene Hannan was Mother Abbess, and Rachel Marley was Marta. This production was based on the 1998 Broadway revival staging.[25] The production then toured until February 2001, in Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth
and Adelaide. Rachael Beck
Rachael Beck
took over as Maria in Perth
and Adelaide, and Rob Guest
Rob Guest
took over as Captain von Trapp in Perth.[26][27][28][29]

21st century

An Austrian production premiered in 2005 at the Volksoper Wien
Volksoper Wien
in German. It was directed and choreographed by Renaud Doucet. The cast included Sandra Pires as Maria, Kurt Schreibmayer and Michael Kraus as von Trapp, with Heidi Brunner as Mother Abbess. As of 2012, the production was still in the repertoire of the Volksoper with 12–20 performances per season.[30][31][32] The Salzburg
Marionette Theatre has toured extensively with their version that features the recorded voices of Broadway singers such as Christiane Noll
Christiane Noll
as Maria.[33] The tour began in Dallas, Texas, in 2007[34] and continued in Salzburg
in 2008.[35] The director is Richard Hamburger.[36] In 2010, the production was given in Paris, France, with dialogue in French and the songs in English.[citation needed] In 2008, a Brazilian production with Kiara Sasso as Maria and Herson Capri as the Captain played in Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro
and São Paulo,[37] and a Dutch production was mounted with Wieneke Remmers as Maria, directed by John Yost.[38] Andrew Lloyd Webber, David Ian and David Mirvish presented The Sound of Music at the Princess of Wales Theatre
Princess of Wales Theatre
in Toronto from 2008 to 2010. The role of Maria was chosen by the public through a television show, How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?, which was produced by Lloyd Webber and Ian and aired in mid-2008. Elicia MacKenzie won[39] and played the role six times a week, while the runner-up in the TV show, Janna Polzin, played Maria twice a week.[40] Captain von Trapp was played by Burke Moses. The show ran for more than 500 performances. It was Toronto's longest running revival ever.[41] A UK tour began in 2009 and visited more than two dozen cities before ending in 2011. The original cast included Connie Fisher as Maria, Michael Praed as Captain von Trapp and Margaret Preece as the Mother Abbess. Kirsty Malpass was the alternate Maria.[42] Jason Donovan assumed the role of Captain Von Trapp, and Verity Rushworth
Verity Rushworth
took over as Maria, in early 2011. Lesley Garrett reprised her role as Mother Abbess
for the tour's final engagement in Wimbledon in October 2011. A production ran at the Ópera-Citi theater in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2011. The cast included Laura Conforte as Maria and Diego Ramos as Captain Von Trapp.[43][44] A Spanish national tour began in November 2011 at the Auditorio de Tenerife
Auditorio de Tenerife
in Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Santa Cruz de Tenerife
in the Canary Islands. The tour visited 29 Spanish cities, spending one year in Madrid's Gran Vía at the Teatro Coliseum, and one season at the Tívoli Theatre in Barcelona. It was directed by Jaime Azpilicueta and starred Silvia Luchetti as Maria and Carlos J. Benito as Captain Von Trapp.[45] A production was mounted at the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park
Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park
from July to September 2013.[46][47] It starred Charlotte Wakefield as Maria, with Michael Xavier as Captain von Trapp and Caroline Keiff as Elsa.[46] It received enthusiastic reviews and became the highest-grossing production ever at the theatre.[46] In 2014, the show was nominated for Best Musical Revival at the Laurence Olivier Awards and Wakefield was nominated for Best Actress in a Musical.[48] A brief South Korean production played in 2014,[49] as did a South African production at the Artscape in Cape Town
Cape Town
and at the Teatro at Montecasino
based on Lloyd Webber and Ian’s London
Palladium production.[citation needed] The same year, a Spanish language translation opened at Teatro de la Universidad in San Juan, under the direction of Edgar García. It starred Lourdes Robles as Maria and Braulio Castillo as Captain Von Trapp, with Dagmar as Elsa.[50] A production (in Thai: มนต์รักเพลงสวรรค์) ran at Muangthai ratchadalai Theatre, Bangkok, Thailand, in April 2015 in the Thai language. The production replaced the song "Ordinary couple" with "Something Good".[51][52][53] A North American tour, directed by Jack O'Brien and choreographed by Danny Mefford, began at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles in September 2015. The tour is scheduled to run until at least July 2017.[54] Kerstin Anderson
Kerstin Anderson
plays Maria, with Ben Davis as Capt. von Trapp and Ashley Brown
Ashley Brown
as Mother Abess. The production has received warm reviews.[55] A UK tour produced by Bill Kenwright began in 2015 and toured into 2016. It was directed by Martin Connor and starred Lucy O'Byrne as Maria.[56][57] A 2016 Australian tour of the Lloyd Webber production, directed by Sams, included stops in Sydney,[58] Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide. The cast included Cameron Daddo
Cameron Daddo
as Captain Von Trapp, Marina Prior
Marina Prior
as Baroness Schraeder and Lorraine Bayly
Lorraine Bayly
as Frau Schmidt. The choreographer was Arlene Phillips.[59] Film adaptation[edit] Main article: The Sound of Music
The Sound of Music
(film) On March 2, 1965, 20th Century Fox
20th Century Fox
released a film adaption of the musical starring Julie Andrews
Julie Andrews
as Maria Rainer and Christopher Plummer as Captain Georg von Trapp. It was produced and directed by Robert Wise with the screenplay adaption written by Ernest Lehman. Two songs were written by Rodgers specifically for the film, "I Have Confidence" and "Something Good". The film won five Oscars at the 38th Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Television adaptations[edit] Main article: The Sound of Music
The Sound of Music
Live! A live televised production of the musical aired twice in December 2013 on NBC.[60] It was directed by Beth McCarthy-Miller and Rob Ashford.[61] Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood
starred as Maria Rainer, with Stephen Moyer as Captain von Trapp, Christian Borle
Christian Borle
as Max, Laura Benanti as Elsa, and Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald
as the Mother Abbess.[62] The production was released on DVD the same month.[63] A new version of the musical was broadcast live on ITV in the UK on December 20, 2015. It starred Kara Tointon
Kara Tointon
as Maria, Julian Ovenden as Captain von Trapp, Katherine Kelly as Baroness Schraeder and Alexander Armstrong as Max.[64] Reception[edit] Most reviews of the original Broadway production were favorable. Richard Watts, Jr. of the New York Post
New York Post
stated that the show had "strangely gentle charm that is wonderfully endearing. The Sound of Music strives for nothing in the way of smash effects, substituting instead a kind of gracious and unpretentious simplicity."[65] The New York World-Telegram and Sun pronounced The Sound of Music
The Sound of Music
"the loveliest musical imaginable. It places Rodgers and Hammerstein
Rodgers and Hammerstein
back in top form as melodist and lyricist. The Lindsay-Crouse dialogue is vibrant and amusing in a plot that rises to genuine excitement."[65] The New York Journal American's review opined that The Sound of Music is "the most mature product of the team ... it seemed to me to be the full ripening of these two extraordinary talents".[65] Brooks Atkinson
Brooks Atkinson
of The New York Times
The New York Times
gave a mixed assessment. He praised Mary Martin's performance, saying "she still has the same common touch ... same sharp features, goodwill, and glowing personality that makes music sound intimate and familiar" and stated that "the best of the Sound of Music is Rodgers and Hammerstein
Rodgers and Hammerstein
in good form". However, he said, the libretto "has the hackneyed look of the musical theatre replaced with Oklahoma! in 1943. It is disappointing to see the American musical stage succumbing to the clichés of operetta."[65] Walter Kerr's review in the New York Herald Tribune was unfavorable: "Before The Sound of Music
The Sound of Music
is halfway through its promising chores it becomes not only too sweet for words but almost too sweet for music", stating that the "evening suffer(s) from little children".[65] Cast recordings[edit] Columbia Masterworks
Columbia Masterworks
recorded the original Broadway cast album a week after the show's 1959 opening. The album was the label's first deluxe package in a gatefold jacket, priced $1 higher than previous cast albums. It was #1 on Billboard's best-selling albums chart for 16 weeks in 1960.[66] It was released on CD from Sony in the Columbia Broadway Masterworks series.[67] In 1959, singer Patti Page
Patti Page
recorded the title song from the show for Mercury Records[68] on the day that the musical opened on Broadway. Since it was recorded a week before the original Broadway cast album, Page was the first artist to record any song from the musical. She featured the song on her TV show, The Patti Page
Patti Page
Olds Show, helping to popularize the musical.[citation needed] The 1960 London
production was recorded by EMI
and was issued on CD on the Broadway Angel Label.[69] The 1965 film soundtrack was released by RCA Victor
RCA Victor
and is one of the most successful soundtrack albums in history, having sold over 20 million copies worldwide.[70][71] Recent CD editions incorporate musical material from the film that would not fit on the original LP. The label has also issued the soundtrack in German, Italian, Spanish and French editions.[citation needed] RCA Victor
RCA Victor
also released an album of the 1998 Broadway revival produced by Hallmark Entertainment and featuring the full revival cast, including Rebecca Luker, Michael Siberry, Jan Maxwell
Jan Maxwell
and Fred Applegate.[72] The Telarc label made a studio cast recording of The Sound of Music, with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra conducted by Erich Kunzel
Erich Kunzel
(1987). The lead roles went to opera stars: Frederica von Stade as Maria, Håkan Hagegård
Håkan Hagegård
as Captain von Trapp, and Eileen Farrell
Eileen Farrell
as the Mother Abbess.[16] The recording "includes both the two new songs written for the film version and the three Broadway songs they replace, as well as a previously unrecorded verse of "An Ordinary Couple"".[73] The 2006 London
revival was recorded and has been released on the Decca Broadway label.[74] There have been numerous studio cast albums and foreign cast albums issued, though many have only received regional distribution. According to the cast album database, there are 62 recordings of the score that have been issued over the years.[75] The soundtrack from the 2013 NBC
television production starring Carrie Underwood and Stephen Moyer
Stephen Moyer
was released on CD and digital download in December 2013 on the Sony Masterworks
Sony Masterworks
label. Also featured on the album are Audra McDonald, Laura Benanti and Christian Borle.[76] Awards and nominations[edit] Original Broadway production[edit]

Year Award ceremony Category Nominee Result

1960 Tony Award Best Musical Won

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Mary Martin Won

Best Featured Actor in a Musical Theodore Bikel Nominated

Kurt Kasznar Nominated

Best Featured Actress in a Musical Patricia Neway Won

Kathy Dunn, Lauri Peters, Mary Susan Locke, Marilyn Rogers, Evanna Lien, William Snowden, and Joseph Stewart Nominated

Best Direction of a Musical Vincent J. Donehue Nominated

Best Conductor and Musical Director Frederick Dvonch Won

Best Scenic Design of a Musical Oliver Smith Won

Theatre World Award Lauri Peters Won

1967 Outer Critics Circle Special
Award Constance Towers Won

1998 Broadway Revival[edit]

Year Award ceremony Category Nominee Result

1998 Tony Award Best Revival of a Musical Nominated

Drama Desk Award Outstanding Orchestrations Bruce Coughlin Nominated

Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Revival of a Musical Nominated

Outstanding Actress in a Musical Rebecca Luker Nominated

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Jan Maxwell Nominated

Outstanding Set Design Heidi Ettinger Nominated

Drama League Award Distinguished Production of a Revival Nominated


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Bell, Bethany, "Austria discovers The Sound of Music", BBC, Saturday, March 19, 2005. Block, Geoffrey. The Richard Rodgers
Richard Rodgers
Reader. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002. Ewen, David. With a Song in His Heart (Richard Rodgers). New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1963. Fordin, Hugh. Getting To Know Him: The Biography of Oscar Hammerstein II. New York: Random House, 1977; Decapo Press, 1995. Green, Stanley. The Rodgers and Hammerstein
Rodgers and Hammerstein
Fact Book. Milwaukee: Hal Leonard, 1980. Hirsch, Julia Antopol. The Sound Of Music—The Making Of America's Favorite Movie. McGraw-Hill Publishing, 1993 Mordden, Ethan. Rodgers & Hammerstein. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1992. Papamichael, Stella. The Sound of Music: 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition DVD (1965), BBC, review and history, November 23, 2005 Wilk, Max. The Making of The Sound of Music
The Sound of Music
(2007), Routledge ISBN 0-415-97934-X

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