For the first time ever, a leading role in a stage production was chosen by the people of the U.K., tuning in weekly to a popular BBC reality TV show “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?” Show producer Andrew Lloyd Webber was one of the judges, guiding the contest – but it was the British people who chose … Read More
For its first Broadway revival, The Sound of Music opened at the Martin Beck (now Al Hirschfeld) Theatre, on March 12, 1998 and ran for over a year, led by three-time Tony Award nominee Rebecca Luker as Maria and Michael Siberry as Captain von Trapp. During the run, Richard Chamberlain took over the role of Captain von Trapp, playing opposite a … Read More
The first major London revival was led by pop singer and actress Petula Clark, best known for her international hit single “Downtown.” It played at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre, produced by Ross Taylor, and opened on August 17, 1981 under the direction of John Fearnley.
In 1965 the 20th Century Fox motion picture version of The Sound of Music was released in theatres. Directed by Robert Wise, with a screenplay by Ernest Lehman, it boasted a dream cast: Julie Andrews as Maria, Christopher Plummer as the Captain, Eleanor Parker as Elsa and Peggy Wood as the Mother Abbess. The film made Hollywood history; after the premiere … Read More
On May 18, 1961, The Sound of Music made its debut at the Palace Theatre in London’s West End, starring Jean Bayless as Maria. This landmark premiere transfer ran almost twice as long as the New York production, boasting a staggering 2,386 performances. It was the longest run of a Broadway show in London at the time; the production was … Read More
Originally led by Florence Henderson, the first national touring company of The Sound of Music began at the Riviera Theatre in Detroit on February 27, 1961. The tour completed its run, 35 cities and more than two-and-a-half years later, at Toronto’s O’Keefe Center on November 23, 1963, with Barbara Meister in the lead.
Starring Mary Martin as Maria and Theodore Bikel as Captain von Trapp, the original Broadway production of The Sound of Music premiered at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on November 16, 1959, where it won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Leading Actress. It later moved to the Mark Hellinger, where it would end its lauded run on June 15, 1963 after … Read More