1959 Original Broadway Production

Rodgers & HammersteinThe Sound of Music


1959 Original Broadway Production

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 1,443 performances.


Produced by the legendary Goddard Lieberson, this celebrated Original Broadway Cast album of The Sound of Music was recorded at Columbia’s 30th Street Studios on November 22, 1959 soon after its Broadway opening. The recording entered the Billboard Top 50 mono charts the week before Christmas, and when the record reached #1 on the stereo charts on January 29, 1960, it stayed at the #1 spot for 16 weeks, then in the top 10 for a record 109 weeks and on the Billboard 200 Chart for 238 weeks, making it the highest-charting cast album of all time.