The Sound of Music is a Tony Award-winning musical with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, music composed by Richard Rodgers and book written by Russel Crouse and Howard Lindsay. The musical is based on a memoir by Mario von Trapp, and several scores form the show are now considered to be standards such as the title track The Sound of Music, My Favorite Things, Do-Re-Mi, Climb Every Mountains and Edelweiss. The musical, which originally premiered on Broadway in 1959, has since then been staged by various productions including the famous West End and Melbourne, where it was given a revival in 1998 and 2006 respectively. The show has also been undertaken by touring productions such as that of the United Kingdom. The Sound of Music tickets provide the most agreeable entertainment for parents and children to enjoy together.
The earliest staging of The Sound of Music on Broadway, which starred Theodore Bikel and Mary Martin, was performed in November 1959, and the show has since been a favorite among theater-goers, having been produced many times over and with ensuing revivals. It was finally taken on by a film project in 1965, with the two main characters played by Christopher Plummer and Julia Andrews, and won as many as five Academy Awards. This was the last ever musical written by the collaborative genius of Hammerstein and Rodgers, who together create a series of successful Broadway musicals in the forties and fifties giving rise to what is now called the musical theatre’s ‘golden age’. The writing team won two Grammys, a Pulitzer Prize, fifteen Academy Awards and thirty-four Tony Awards, and theirs five biggest commercial successes includes the Sound of Music alongside The King and I, Oklahoma, South Pacific, and Carousel.
In 1959, when The Sound of Music debuted on Broadway, it was staged at Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, from where it was taken to Mark Hellinger Theatre after three years in 1962 and closed by the mid of the following year, after being performed fourteen hundred and forty-three times. This show was directed by Vincent J. Donehue and choreographed by Joe Layton. The cast of the original musical included Theodore Bikel, Mary Martin, Patricia Newey, Kurt Kasznar, Marion Marlowe, Lauri Peters and Brian Davies. Its ensemble members included Sopranos June Card and Patricia Brooks. The musical garnered a tie for a Tony Award in the category Best Musical, while other award wins included Best Featured Actress, Best Actress in a Musical, Best Musical Direction and Best Scenic Design.
The national tour of The Sound of Music from 1961, starred Beatrice Krebs playing Mother Abbess and Florence Henderson playing Maria. The production began with a production in Detroit at Riviera Theatre and closed towards the end of 1963 in Toronto with a final staging at O’Keefe Centre. The show then debuted in West End in London at Palace Theatre in 1961, where it was performed two thousand, three hundred and eighty-five times. The show was staged under director Jerome Whyte, with application of the same choreography as that of the production in New York, with supervision from Joe Layton, while the set design too was taken from the original show. The main characters were played by Jean Bayliss, Sonia Rees, Roger Dann, Constance Shacklock, Eunice Gayson, Harold Kasket, Barbara Brown, Olive Gilbert and Nicholas Bennett.
Other major production of The Sound of Music includes its London production of 1981, starring Honor Blackman and June Bronhill, and was staged at Apolloa Victoria Theatre of London’s West End, where the show’s runtime was extended and its attendance stayed at hundred and one percent. The musical was then played in a Broadway revival of 1998 and London revival of 2006. Other productions include those in Australia, Japan, New York City Opera, Vienna, Stockholm, Canada, Salzburg Marionette Theatre production, Argentina, Austria, UAE and Philippines. Get hold of The Sound of Music tickets and enjoy the incredible musical score of a Rodgers and Hammerstein production.