The Sound of Music

Musical - Original

Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (November 16, 1959 - November 03, 1962)
Mark Hellinger Theatre (November 06, 1962 - June 15, 1963)
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  • Opening Date: November 16, 1959
  • Closing Date: June 15, 1963
  • Previews: 5
  • Performances: 1443

Music: Richard Rodgers

Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II

Book: Russel Crouse, Howard Lindsay


Postulant-turned-governess Maria brings music back into the lives of the seven children of a widower Austrian naval captain. The captain marries Maria, but their happiness is threatened by the coming Nazi invasion of their country.


Opening Night Cast

Mary Martin in The Sound of Music Mary Martin Maria Rainer
Theodore Bikel Captain Georg von Trapp
Kurt Kasznar Max Detweiler
Marion Marlowe Elsa Schraeder
Patricia Neway The Mother Abbess
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Opening Night Production Credits

  Howard Lindsay Book
  Russel Crouse Book
Richard Rodgers Richard Rodgers Music
Oscar Hammerstein II Oscar Hammerstein II Lyrics
  Vincent J. Donehue Director
  Joe Layton Musical Staging
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Outer Critics Circle

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1967 Special Award Constance Towers Winner

Theatre World

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1960 Theatre World Award Lauri Peters Winner

Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1960 Actress in a Musical Mary Martin Winner
1960 Conductor and Musical Director Frederick Dvonch Winner
1960 Direction of a Musical Vincent J. Donehue Nominee
1960 Featured Actor in a Musical Kurt Kasznar Nominee
1960 Featured Actor in a Musical Theodore Bikel Nominee
1960 Featured Actress in a Musical Lauri Peters
Kathy Dunn
Mary Susan Locke
Marilyn Rogers
William Snowden
Joseph Stewart
Evanna Lien
1960 Featured Actress in a Musical Patricia Neway Winner
1960 Musical   Winner
1960 Scenic Design of a Musical Oliver Smith Winner
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