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Welcome to Retroville! It's 1960!
In 1960, The Sound of Music won the Tony Award for Best Musical. Opening on November 16, 1959, at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre and ran for 1,443 performances.

Made into a smash hit movie of the same name in 1965, the show was tranformed into a sweeping drama full of breathtaking Alpine landscapes and the talents of Julie Andrews.

The Sound of Music - original cast album
The Story:

    Based on a book by Howard Lindsay and Russell Crouse, as suggested by Maria vonTrapp's story, The Story of Trapp Family Singers, the show follows the lives of a governess as she cares for seven children of a widowed naval captain. Her exuberance and love for the children captures the heart of the captain, and they marry. Unfortunately, the loving couple finds a different Austria after they return from their honeymoon. The Nazis have invaded and the captain is called to service in the German Navy.  The family makes a narrow escape over the mountains into Switzerland.

The Music and Lyrics:

    Music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

The Producers:

    Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Leland Hayward, and Richard Halliday

The Directors:

    Vincent J. Donehue

The Choreographers:

    Joe Layton

The Opening:

    November 16, 1959, at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre

The Cast:

  • Mary Martin
  • Theodore Bikel
  • Kurt Kasznar
  • Marion Marlowe
  • Patricia Neway
  • Brian Davies
  • Kathy Dunn
  • Luce Ennis
  • Stefan Gierasch
  • Michael Gorrin
  • Elizabeth Howell
  • Evanna Lien
  • Mary Susan Locke
  • Nan McFarland
  • Muriel O'Malley
  • Lauri Peters
  • John Randolph
  • Marilyn Rogers
  • Karen Shepard
  • Kirby Smith
  • William Snowden
  • Joseph Stewart
  • Sue Yaeger

The Songs:

  • Preludium
  • Morning Hymn
  • Alleluia
  • The Sound of Music
  • Maria
  • The Scene Continues
  • My Favorite Things
  • Do-Re-Mi
  • Change of Scene
  • Sixteen Going on Seventeen
  • Incidental
  • The Lonely Goatherd
  • Gretl's Crossover
  • How Can Love Survive?
  • The Party Crossover
  • Grand Waltz
  • Landler
  • Fox Trot
  • So Long, Farewell
  • Nun's Processional
  • Climb Ev'ry Mountain
  • No Way to Stop It
  • An Ordinary Couple
  • Wedding Preparations
  • Canticle/Confitemini Domino
  • Homecoming Music
  • The Concert
  • Edelweiss

The Other Awards:

  • Additional Tony Awards
    • Best book
    • Best score
  • Academy Awards (for the motion picture version)
    • Best Picture
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