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Sound Of Music Musical History


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Original Production: (BROADWAY)

What? 'The Sound of Music'
When? November 16th 1959
Where? Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. It moved to the Mark Hellinger Theatre on November 6th 1962
How long? 16th Nov 1959 - 15th June 1963
How many? 1,443 performances
Who?
Director - Vincent J Donehue
Choreographer - Joe Layton
'Maria' - Mary Martin (1959-1961), Martha Wright (oct 1961-july 1962), Karen Gantz (july 1962- sept 1962), Nancy Dussault (sept 1962-june 1963)
'Captain Von Trapp' - Theodore Bikel
'Mother Abbess' - Patricia Neway
'Max Detweiler' - Kurt Kasznar
'Baroness Schraeder' - Marion Marlowe
'Rolf' - Brian Davies, Jon Voight
'Liesl' - Lauri Peters
Awards - Tony Award - 'Best Musical' (tied with 'Fiorello!')
'Best Actress in a Musical' - Mary Martin
'Best Featured Actress' - Patricia Neway
Best Set Design - Oliver Smith
Best Musical Direction - Frederick Dvonch



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Original Production (LONDON)

When? May 18th 1961
Where? Palace Theatre
How many? 2,385 performances
Who? Director - Jerome Whyte
Choreographer - Joe Layton supervised the original broadway choreography
Set Design - Oliver Smith
'Maria' - Jean Bayliss, Sonia Rees
'Captain Von Trapp' - Roger Dann
'Mother Abbess' - Constance Shacklock
'Baroness Schraeder' - Enunice Gayson
'Max Detweiler' - Harols Kasket
'Liesl' - Barbara Brown
'Rolf' - Nicholas Bennett
'Sister Margaretta' - Olive Gilbert




Broadway Revival

When? - March 12th 1998
Where? - Martin Beck Theatre
How long? 15 months before touring in North America
Who? - Director - Susan H Schulman
'Maria' - Rebecca Luker, Laura Benanti
'Captain Von Trapp' - Michael Siberry, Richard Chamberlain
'Mother Abbess' - Patti Cohenour
'Baroness Schaeder' - Jan Maxwell
'Max Detweiler' - Fred Applegate
'Rolf' - Dashiell Eaves
'Frau Schmidt' - Patricia Conolly



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London Revival (1981)

When? - 1981
Where? - Apollo Victoria Theatre - West End
Interesting Facts? The largest ticket advance sale in the history of British Theatre at that time. The highest attendance figure for a single week (Oct 16th-21st 1981) in the history of theatre! Maria Von Trapp herself was present on the opening night and described Clark as 'The best Maria ever'.
Who - 'Maria' - Petula Clark
'Captain Von Trapp' - Michael Jayston
'Baroness Schraeder' - Honor Blackman
'Mother Abbess' - June Bronhill



London Revival (2006)

When? - November 15th 2006
Where? - London Palladium
Why? - Andrew Lloyd Webber held a TV talent competition to find 'Maria'. Connie Fisher won and played Maria Von Trapp for a year!
How long? - November 15th 2006 - February 2009
Who? - 'Maria' - Connie Fisher, Aoife Mulholland, Sophie Bould, Summer Strallen, Gemma Baird
'Captain Von Trapp' - Alexander Hanson, Simon Burke, Simon MacCorkindale,
'Mother Abbess' - Lesley Garrett, Margaret Preece,
'Baroness Schraeder' - Lauren Ward
'Max Detweiler' - Ian Gelber
'Liesl' - Sophie Bould, Amy Lennox
'Rolf' - Neil McDermott


Other Productions

Australia - Princess Theatre 1961-1964
- Regent Theatre 1982 - 1983
- Lyric Theatre 1999 - 2000

Japan - Bow Hall - 1988

New York City Opera - 1990

Stockholm - 1993 - 2007

Vienna - Volksoper Wien - 2005

Salzburg - Salzburg Marionette Theatre - 2007 -2008

Oslo - 2008

Toronto - Princess Wales Theatre - 2008 - 2010

Brazil - São Paulo - 2009 - present

Mexico - 1976 -1980 - 2009

UK - Touring 2009 - present

Austria - Graz Opera House - 2009 - 2010

Paris - Theatre Du Chatelet - 2009 - 2010

Lancaster PA - Fulton Theatre - 2010

Wilkes-Barre PA - 2010

Argentina - Opera Theatre - 2011

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