The Sound of Music
5 Tony Awards, 1 Theatre World Award, 1 Manchester Evening News Theatre Award
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Basis and Premiere
The Sound of Music derives its roots from the famous memoir titled The Story of the Trapp Family Singers. The book for the theatrical adaption was written by Russel Crouse and Howard Lindsay. With lyrics and orchestrations by the evergreen duo of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, The Sound of Music made its Broadway debut at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in 1959. The musical proved to be a smash hit and received rave reviews from the critics. The original Broadway production won five Tony Awards and spawned many subsequent productions.
Chronological Overview and Revivals
The popularity and acclaim of the musical made way for its various national and international versions. The Sound of Music made its West End debut in May 1961 and completed a successful run of 2385 performances. In the same year, an Australian production of the musical began its shows at the Princess Theatre. 1981 marked the first West End revival of the musical at the Apollo Victoria Theatre. The demand for The Sound of Music tickets grew bigger and the musical played to its full capacity at the venue. During the years, numerous regional and international productions of the musical made it a worldwide sensation.
In 1998, The Sound of the Music was brought back to Broadway by the director, Susan H. Schulman. The musical played at Martin Beck Theatre for more than fifteen months and received a Tony nomination for the ‘Best Revival of a Musical’. 2006 marked the second West End revival of the musical which was headed by the theater legend, Andrew Lloyd Webber. The production staged its shows for more than two years and gave way to a UK national tour. Most recently, The Sound of Music completed a short run at Open Air Theatre in September 2013 and will begin a new West End production in 2014.
Listen to The Sound of Music
Set in Austria, The Sound of the Music revolves around a young woman, Maria and her endeavors as the governess of the seven children of a widowed captain. The musical brings these characters to life by a touching and beautiful tale of passion, music and drama. Experience the exotic yet powerful sound of music by witnessing one of the great shows of the musical in your city.