The Sound of Music
The Sound of Music
Music by Rodgers, Richard | Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II | Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse | Suggested by
The final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein was destined to become the world's most beloved musical. When a postulant proves too high-spirited for the religious life, she is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval Captain. Her growing rapport with the youngsters, coupled with her generosity of spirit, gradually captures the heart of the stern Captain, and they marry. Upon returning from their honeymoon they discover that Austria has been invaded by the Nazis, who demand the Captain's immediate service in their navy. The family's narrow escape over the mountains to Switzerland on the eve of World War II provides one of the most thrilling and inspirational finales ever presented in the theatre. The motion picture version remains the most popular movie musical of all time.
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My Favorite Things takes over the charts this holiday season. Listen to a few of them here! read more
Broadway treasure and 5-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald sings "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" in this newly released clip from NBC The Sound of Music Live's companion soundtrack. read more
We are proud to announce a student version of THE SOUND OF MUSIC. This new theatrical property is part of R&H’s Getting to Know Collection. Applications are being accepted now, with materials shipping in February for customers in the USA and Canada and at a later date for other countries around the world.  read more

NBC’S MACY’S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE KICKS OFF FESTIVE HOLIDAY SEASON NOV. 28, 9 A.M. - NOON

 The nation’s most beloved spectacle, the Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®, returns for the 87th year of magic on Thursday, Nov. 28 (9 a.m.-noon) throughout the country on NBC. read more

Grammy-winning superstar Carrie Underwood to star as Maria Von Trapp in NBC's live broadcast of THE SOUND OF MUSIC based on the original musical.  read more
NBC is partnering with the acclaimed "Smash" producing team of Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (film versions of "Chicago" and "Hairspray") to present a live broadcast of THE SOUND OF MUSIC, based on the original Broadway musical, it was announced today by Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. read more
Happy Birthday Richard Rodgers!  To celebrate, we are proud to share with you this exclusive track, Rodgers' own "I Have Confidence" from The Sound of Music, performed by Sierra Boggess from the upcoming album, RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN AT THE MOVIES, featuring John Wilson and The John Wilson Orchestra.
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When Carnegie Hall presents THE SOUND OF MUSIC in Concert on April 24th, the three singers who are runner-ups at the Festival in the story’s climax will be played by Nicholas Hammond, Heather Menzies Urich, and Kym Karath (respectively, "Friedrich," "Louisa" and "Gretl" in the beloved film version of THE SOUND OF MUSIC.) read more
Carnegie Hall today announced that its one-night-only concert performance of The Sound of Music on Tuesday, April 24 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage will star Laura Osnes as Maria Rainer.  Co-starring alongside Osnes will be Tony Goldwyn as Captain von Trapp.  Additional cast members include Brooke Shields as Elsa Schräder, Patrick Page as Max Detweiler, and Stephanie Blythe as The Mother Abbess. read more
Matthew Morrison will host a brand-new PBS special celebrating one of America's greatest theatrical geniuses.  OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II: OUT OF MY DREAMS is a celebration of the most acclaimed lyricist and librettist of the 20th century.  Brimming over with movie clips from his greatest musicals, this new PBS special features interviews with Stephen Sondheim, Harold Prince, Shirley Jones, Mitzi Gaynor, Hammerstein family members and others. read more
Like THE SOUND OF MUSIC on Facebook and get $3.00 off the Blu-ray. read more

On April 24, 2012 Carnegie Hall will present THE SOUND OF MUSIC in the Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, as a gala benefit for Carnegie Hall, this one-night-only concert performance of the beloved musical will provide support for music education programs of the Weill Music Institute. read more

Never-before-seen clips from personal home movie footage of the making of "The Sound Of Music" You can find more home movie footage in THE SOUND OF MUSIC FAMILY SCRAPBOOK by Fred Bronson available through Amazon.com starting April, 2012 read more

As Summer 2011 arrives, THE SOUND OF MUSIC continues to flourish on stages the world over.  read more

If you want to curl up in your easy chair and revisit the lyrics and dialogue to a classic musical like OKLAHOMA or THE SOUND OF MUSIC... read more

Monday, November 16, marks the 50th Anniversary of the Broadway premiere for the most beloved musical of all time, THE SOUND OF MUSIC. read more

The hills are alive with THE SOUND OF MUSIC -- all over the world, it seems. read more

RHO President Ted Chapin talks about his job and the presence of Rodgers, Hammerstein and Berlin around the world. read more

When President Obama visited Buckingham Palace earlier this spring, and presented Queen Elizabeth II with a copy of the 1951 RODGERS & HART SONGBOOK signed by the composer, the gift was perfectly in sync with Britain's on-going love affair with all things Rodgers... read more

With beautifully hand-carved Austrian puppets performing to a specially-created soundtrack, THE SOUND OF MUSIC is currently playing in Salzburg until late September... read more

R&H's own Ted Chapin, Bert Fink and Victoria Traube recently traveled to Los Angeles, Salzburg, and Rio De Janeiro, respectively, and gave us their first-hand accounts of R&H's presence around the world... read more

CBC reality TV winner Elicia MacKenzie, selected by the Canadian public to star as Maria in Torontos new production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC. Minutes after she learned the happy news, Elicia posed with R&H President Ted Chapin, and SOUND OF MUSIC producer Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber... read more

Star of the British TV hit show, Hollyoaks, Summer Strallen has taken over the role of Maria in the production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC, now playing at the London Palladium in the West End. read more
R&H President Ted Chapin muses on THE SOUND OF MUSIC and the beginning at the end of the Rodgers & Hammerstein partnership read more
Broadway became alive with THE SOUND OF MUSIC - again - when its first revival of the Rodgers & Hammerstein/Lindsay & Crouse classic opened at the Martin Beck Theatre earlier this spring. read more
An edition of the midnight camp classic ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW has been playing Friday nights in a little cinema off Leicester Square in London for years. read more
It is late in the second act of a performance of THE SOUND OF MUSIC the climactic Salzburg Festival sequence. read more
Bert Fink, editor of this newsletter, visited Salzburg, Austria last fall. Once there, he couldn't get THE SOUND OF MUSIC out of his head. read more
The Broadway revival of THE SOUND OF MUSIC marked its first anniversary in March, with changes afoot in the von Trapp household read more

Musical theatre fans have five new compact discs to add to their Rodgers & Hammerstein collections this fall. read more

As anyone who has ever worked in the musical theatre can attest, there are few moments in the production process as exhilarating as hearing the orchestra for the first time. read more

Throughout last summer and fall, Broadway stars Maria Schaffel and Burke Moses lead a U.S. National Tour of THE SOUND OF MUSIC read more

Fans of the most popular movie musical ever made, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, have only until the end of this year to buy it on home video before it is taken off sale... read more

Casting is complete for The Theatre Guild's new stage production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's only musical written originally for the big screen: STATE FAIR... read more

Back on Broadway for the third time since its 1927 premiere, SHOW BOAT (see cover story) began making history all over again as soon as good word on its return built long lines at the box office... read more

Grammy Award winning recording artist and television star Marie Osmond makes her stage debut as Maria von Trapp in a new national tour of THE SOUND OF MUSIC. read more

The phenomenon of SING-A-LONG SOUND OF MUSIC has been reported in these pages before; one of its most ardent cheerleaders is Charmian Carr, the film's ""Liesl."" read more
In February, THE SOUND OF MUSIC will return in its first-ever Broadway revival, directed by Susan H. Schulman, whose roster includes THE BOYS FROM SYRACUSE at Encores! as well as such notable pro-ductions as THE SECRET GARDEN on Broadway, VIOLET Off-Broadway, SWEENEY TODD at the York Theatre and Broadway, and MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG at the York. read more
THE SOUND OF MUSIC opened on Sunday October 23rd in Salzburg Austria -- the first time the stage musical has ever been seen in the city where the story began. Watch the video read more
In May 2004, an American production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC, billed as the most extensive tour ever of a Western musical in China, began performances at the Shanghai Grand Theatre. read more
More than a year ago, R&H and Fox met to discuss the best way to celebrate THE SOUND OF MUSIC and to come up with a must have DVD edition. read more

OKLAHOMA! was shot in the rare format Todd-AO. On April 10th, for the first time ever, a fully restored version of the historic film will premiere at the TCM Film Festival. President Ted Chapin gives his take on this beautiful restoration. Read more →

CARRIE the musical offers some unique challenges to theaters. How do you represent the destruction at the prom? Do you show blood in liquid form or using lights? How do you show Carrie's telekinetic powers? Read more →
“I’ve got a bottle of Canadian Club in the room.  Come on up and have a drink.” Not exactly words you would automatically think of coming from Peter Pan or Maria von Trapp.  But come they did, from Mary Martin.  She had just received the first Richard Rodgers Award from the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, which had been celebrated at a fantastic garden party in one of Pittsburgh’s posh neighborhoods.  I took a ride back to the hotel with the honoree, and that’s what she said to me as the car pulled up to the William Penn Hotel.  The answer was simple – “Sure.”  So up we went – Mary Martin, her assistant Susan Grushkin, and me.  And out came the Canadian Club.  Read more →

Trivia for The Sound of Music

Did you know? The real Captain von Trapp was offered command of a submarine in the Navy of the Third Reich, which he refused. The von Trapps were invited to sing for Hitler?s 50th birthday party, which they also declined. The eldest son, Rupert, was offered a medical post in a good Viennese hospital; but, he realized it was because many Jewish doctors had been fired. With tensions rising, the family emigrated to Italy four months after the Anschluss in 1938.
Did you know? In THE SOUND OF MUSIC, Maria von Trapp was a novice at Nonnberg Abbey. The historic Nonnberg Abbey was founded in the 8th century by Avendrid, niece of St. Rupert who is considered the patron saint of Salzburg. The city also has a cathedral monastery and is often called ?The Rome of the North.?

January 11, 1931

Did you Know? At the 1960 Tony Awards Mary Rodgers found her musical ONCE UPON A MATTRESS competing against a show by her father Richard Rodgers - THE SOUND OF MUSIC - for the category of Best Musical!

January 14, 1967

In 1967 THE SOUND OF MUSIC finished its run at the Palace Theatre, London, after six years and 2,385 performances - at the time, the longest running American musical in British theatrical history.

January 26, 1905

The birthday of Maria von Trapp. In 1905, Maria Augusta Kutschera Trapp was born aboard a train in the Tirol, Austria. The story of her early life served as the inspiration for THE SOUND OF MUSIC.

February 14, 1934

The birthday of Florence Henderson, who played Maria von Trapp in the first U.S. National Tour of THE SOUND OF MUSIC, starting in 1961. Best known for playing Carol Brady on The Brady Bunch from 1968 to 1974, Florence Henderson began her career as a stage actress. In addition to THE SOUND OF MUSIC, Henderson starred as Laurey in the 1953 Broadway revival of OKLAHOMA!, as Anna in the Los Angeles Music Center's inaugural production of THE KING AND I, and as Nellie at the Music Theater of Lincoln Center?s SOUTH PACIFIC in 1967. In 2010 she performed on "Dancing with the Stars"" - even waltzing to ""Edelweiss"" from THE SOUND OF MUSIC!"

August 23, 1990

In 1990, in celebration of THE SOUND OF MUSIC's silver anniversary, Twentieth Century Fox hosted a gala screening/reunion for director Robert Wise, star Julie Andrews, and other members of the cast in Los Angeles; the movie is subsequently rereleased for a limited engagement in Los Angeles and New York.

January 01, 1970

The birthday of Russel Crouse, book writer of the musicals CALL ME MADAM and THE SOUND OF MUSIC. Crouse was born in 1893.

February 22, 1930

The birthday of singer Marni Nixon. Marni Nixon became famous as the singing voice of Deborah Kerr in Rodger & Hammerstein?s film THE KING AND I, as well as Audrey Hepburn in MY FAIR LADY and Natalie Wood in WEST SIDE STORY. Nixon finally appeared as a performer on camera while singing the part of Sister Sophia in the film THE SOUND OF MUSIC.

February 17, 1961

In 1961, the national tour of THE SOUND OF MUSIC, starring Florence Henderson, began at the Riviera Theatre, Detroit. It played in 35 cities before closing at the O'Keefe Center, Toronto, on November 23, 1963.

March 02, 1965

In 1965, Twentieth Century Fox premiered the movie version of THE SOUND OF MUSIC, directed by Robert Wise and starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. It played in New York for a record-setting 93 weeks. The movie's initial U.S. release lasted 4.5 years, and from 1966 to 1972 THE SOUND OF MUSIC was cited by Variety as the "All-Time Box Office Champion."" It remains the most popular movie musical ever made."

October 01, 1935

The birthday of Julie Andrews, born in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England. International star of stage and screen, her long and cherished association with Rodgers & Hammerstein includes starring as the title character in the original TV production of CINDERELLA (1957), playing Maria in the iconic movie version of THE SOUND OF MUSIC (1965), and singing the role of Anna in the studio cast recording of THE KING AND I (1992)

October 03, 1959

In 1959, the world premiere of THE SOUND OF MUSIC was presented at the Shubert Theatre, New Haven.

October 15, 1959

In 1959, Oscar Hammerstein II began work on "Edelweiss,"" his 1,589th and last lyric, written for THE SOUND OF MUSIC. It is completed on October 21st and went into the show during its pre-Broadway tryout in Boston."

January 01, 1970

In 1889 book writer Howard Lindsay was born. Lindsay became best known for writing the books to THE SOUND OF MUSIC, CALL ME MADAM, MR. PRESIDENT, and ANYTHING GOES.

November 15, 2006

In 2006, Connie Fisher starred in the London revival of THE SOUND OF MUSIC to rave reviews. She had been cast as Maria by the BBC?TV reality show HOW DO YOU SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE MARIA, masterminded by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Millions of Britons voted, making Fisher, formerly a telemarketer, an overnight star. The success of the reality show won it an international Emmy Award and prompted the largest advance of a musical in West End history.

November 16, 1959

In 1959, THE SOUND OF MUSIC opened at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, New York.

April 18, 1966

In 1966 at the 38th annual Academy Awards, THE SOUND OF MUSIC received five Oscars, including Best Picture of the Year.

April 24, 1960

In 1960 at the 14th annual Tony Awards, THE SOUND OF MUSIC received five, including Best Actress (Mary Martin) and, for the first time in Tony history, shared a tie for Best Musical (with FIORELLO!). Did you know that composer Richard Rodgers found his musical competing against a show written by his own daughter? ONCE UPON A MATTRESS had opened on Broadway in 1959, with music by Mary Rodgers.

December 01, 1913

In 1913, Mary Martin was born in Weatherford, Texas. She created the roles of Nellie Forbush in SOUTH PACIFIC and Maria von Trapp in THE SOUND OF MUSIC, winning a Tony Award for each.

May 18, 1961

In 1961 THE SOUND OF MUSIC opened at the Palace Theatre, London. Did you know? Thirteen-year-old Andrew Lloyd Webber got to attend the opening because of a fan letter he had written to Richard Rodgers.

December 29, 1938

The birthday of actor Jon Voight. Did you know? Before he made his name on the big screen, the future star played Rolf Gruber during the original Broadway run of THE SOUND OF MUSIC in the early 1960s.
Did you know? In real life, the von Trapp family fled Austria and eventually settled in Vermont. Eventually they opened a resort business in their new American home that is still in operation today. The Trapp Family Lodge first opened in 1950 with 27 rooms. Today, the resort has 100 2-bedroom guest houses and 16 villas that sits on 2,700 acres of land. Guests can play tennis, go Nordic skiing and ? of course ? take music lessons.
Did you know? As soon as Julie Andrews was cast in the movie of THE SOUND OF MUSIC, attention turned to who would play her Captain von Trapp. Executives at 20th Century Fox were eager for Bing Crosby (a suggestion director Robert Wise never took seriously.) Filmmakers also thought about Sean Connery, Rex Harrison, and Yul Brynner ? known for his role in THE KING AND I. The part eventually went to Christopher Plummer.
Did you know? During the filming of ?Sixteen Going On Seventeen? for THE SOUND OF MUSIC, Charmian Carr (as Liesl) ended up dancing through the plate-glass windows of the gazebo. Fortunately for everyone involved, this was her last sequence filmed and she only sprained her ankle.
Agathe von Trapp wrote about her family's emigration in the book MEMORIES BEFORE AND AFTER THE SOUND OF MUSIC : "Even though it was clear to us that we had to leave Austria as soon as possible [following the Anschluss of March 1938]...Mother [Maria von Trapp] looked for divine approval concerning the move. Papa [Baron Georg von Trapp] called us all together, opened the Bible, and let his finger pick a passage at random. Then he read to us:""Now the LORD had said unto Abram: Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will show thee"" (Gen. 12:1 KJV.)"""
Theodore Bikel, who starred in the original Broadway production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC as Captain von Trapp to Mary Martin's Maria, had personal connection to the role. Born in Vienna, his family fled to Palestine following the Nazi annexation of Austria on this day in 1938. Bikel's background as a guitar player and folk singer helped inspire the Rodgers & Hammerstein song Edelweiss.
Did you know? In March of 1961, avant garde jazz saxophonist John Coltrane caused a sensation when he released the album "My Favorite Things"". It was a Jazz landmark, named for its 14 minute riff on Rodgers & Hammerstein's ""My Favorite Things."" Not only did the album (also titled ""My Favorite Things"") introduce Coltrane's new quartet - with McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones and Steve Davis - but it also was his first record for Atlantic Records, and opened up new harmonic explorations for jazz musicians."
Did you know? Georg von Trapp's service to the Austro-Hungarian Empire was chronicled in "To the Last Salute: Memories of an Austrian U-Boat Commander"". A skilled and fearless naval captain, he sank over 30 boats during World War I, but von Trapp's job disappeared when Austria lost its seaports to Italy. Trapp's birthplace Trieste became part of Italy too, allowing his family to flee from the Nazi annexation years later across the border with his passport - the conclusion of THE SOUND OF MUSIC."
In THE SOUND OF MUSIC, the Captain and Maria first realize their feelings for each other while dancing a classic Austrian folk dance called the Laendler. The Laendler was a popular folk dance in 3/4 or waltz time. Richard Rodgers cleverly uses the music from ?The Lonely Goatherd? for the ballroom scene during which Maria and the Captain dance and fall in love.
In the film version of THE SOUND OF MUSIC, the real Maria von Trapp has a cameo appearance in the background in the Residenzplatz during ?I Have Confidence,? shot on location in Salzburg. Dressed in Austrian garb, she is visible for only a fleeting moment, as Julie Andrews sings her story to the cameras. Unaware that filming this short segment would require several takes, Maria later declared ?That?s one ambition I?m giving up.?
Did you know? In a 1987 studio cast recording of THE SOUND OF MUSIC, opera stars sang the leads, with Eileen Farrell as the Mother Abbess, and Hkan Hagegrd as the Captain. The role of Maria was sung by Frederica Von Stade (b. 1945) an American opera singer highly lauded for her mezzo-soprano voice, and known for performing The Barber Of Seville, The Merry Widow, Pelleas Et Melisande and . This recording was part of a trend to create ?cross-over? albums featuring opera singers performing traditionally musical theatre roles. SHOW BOAT, SOUTH PACIFIC and ANNIE GET YOUR GUN were among the shows to receive this treatment.

June 15, 1963

In 1963, THE SOUND OF MUSIC closed at the Mark Hellinger Theatre, New York, after 1,443 performances.
Did you know? THE SOUND OF MUSIC has no overture! Having little experience with liturgical music, Richard Rodgers did some research at the Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York while writing the score. Mother Morgan, head of the music department there, invited Rodgers to a concert specially arranged for him to show off the different kinds of musical prayer. For the opening of the musical, Rodgers set the Catholic prayer ?Dixit Dominus? for the nuns of Nonnberg Abbey.
Did you know? At the end of THE SOUND OF MUSIC, the von Trapp family climbs over the mountains to freedom into neighboring Switzerland. In reality, Salzburg does not border Switzerland; it borders Germany. If the real von Trapp family had actually climbed over the Obersalzberg Mountain, as they do in the film version, they would have found themselves face to face with Hitler?s mountain retreat, Eagle's Nest at Berchtesgaden.
Did you know? Walt Disney was so impressed by Julie Andrews? Broadway portrayal of Guinevere in Lerner and Loewe?s CAMELOT that he went backstage and asked her to play Mary Poppins. Film director Robert Wise then decided to cast Andrews as Maria in THE SOUND OF MUSIC as soon as he saw ?rushes? of her scenes while shooting MARY POPPINS.
Did you know? The real children of Captain von Trapp with his first wife were named Rupert (1911-1992), Werner (1915-2007), Hedwig (1917-1975), Johanna (1919-1994), Martina (1921-1951), Agatha (b. 1913) and Maria F. (b. 1914). Maria had 3 children with Georg after their marriage: Rosmarie (b. 1929), Elenore aka ?Lorli? (b. 1931) and Johannes (b. 1939).
Did you know? After Hammerstein passed away, Rodgers needed a new writing partner. For the first time in his career, he turned to himself for words. In 1962, Rodgers crafted new songs for the re-make of STATE FAIR and wrote both music and lyrics for the musical NO STRINGS. When the film version THE SOUND OF MUSIC needed new numbers, Rodgers wrote and composed the songs ?I Have Confidence? and ?Something Good.?

July 05, 1964

In 1964 Director Robert Wise and his SOUND OF MUSIC cast and crew wrapped up eleven weeks of shooting on location in and around Salzburg, Austria.

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"An irresistible score that's always in tune!" — Entertainment Weekly, January 01, 2001
"The loveliest musical imaginable...the dialogue is vibrant and amusing in a plot that rises to genuine excitement." — New York Telegram And Sun, January 01, 1959
"The sentiments of THE SOUND OF MUSIC are genuine and are presented, unabashedly and effectively, in the show's music, lyrics and dialogue...It is uplifting theater, appealing successfully and without apology to the better side of our natures." — The Philadelphia Inquirer, January 12, 1970
"The sentiments of THE SOUND OF MUSIC are genuine and are presented, unabashedly and effectively, in the show's music, lyrics and dialogue...It is uplifting theater, appealing successfully and without apology to the better side of our natures." — The Philadelphia Inquirer, January 01, 1994
"It's not just the perfect compatibility of music and lyrics that makes audiences flock unremittingly to THE SOUND OF MUSIC. The show can jerk tears from even the driest of eyes. And if that isn't enough, there's the opportunity for a gaggle of children to mesmerise with their talents and charisma. It's a near- perfect recipe." — Peter Brown, LondonTheatre
"The show has considerable integrity and has weathered the years so well." — Michael Billington, The Guardian
Cast Description,
Written By: Tim Crouse , January 01, 1970

Maria Rainer: A young, orphaned Nonnberg Abbey postulant whose impetuous behavior calls her fitness for the veil into question, Maria is dispatched by the Mother Abbess on a probationary tour of duty as governess to the seven children of the widowed Captain Georg von Trapp.  Initially cowed by the Captain's autocratic manner, she holds her own with him, wins over his children, restores music to his house, and discovers, to her distress, that he has fallen in love with her and she with him.  Retreating to the Abbey, she is sent back to the von Trapp villa by the Mother Abbess, in order to find "how God wants you to spend your love."  That turns out to be as a wife to the captain, a second mother to his offspring, and a pathfinder who helps lead them out of the peril looming over them.

Captain Georg von Trapp: A decorated naval hero of the First World War, adamantly opposed to the Nazis and their designs on his beloved Austria.  Traumatized by the loss of his wife, he has distanced himself from his home and the music which once animated it.  The arrival of the postulant Maria Rainer as a governess breaks open his shell, bringing him back to his children and music.  Marrying her, he gains a stalwart, resourceful partner in his daring decision to flee with his family from the dictates of the Third Reich, to freedom.

The Mother Abbess:  Spiritual head of Nonnberg Abbey, mentor to Maria.  Her credo: "You have to find the life you were born to live."  She shepherds Maria from a mistaken vocation as a nun to a true one as a wife and mother, finally helping her to escape, with her new family, over the mountain where both she and Maria grew up.

Max Detweiler: A charming, well-connected impresario, he is a confidant of the Captain's lover, Elsa Schraeder, and apparently, like her, a moral chameleon.  His collaboration with the regime in Berlin threatens his friendship with the Captain, but in the end he risks everything to save the von Trapps.

Elsa Schraeder: A chic, attractive Viennese widow, president of her late husband's corporation, now involved in a relationship with Captain von Trapp.  Her expectations of marrying the Captain founder on her willingness to accept the Nazis, a moral pliancy that is anathema to him.

A widower, he has shut out of his life everything that reminds him of his wife, including music and his seven children.

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Mary Martin, star of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s SOUTH PACIFIC on Broadway and London, and star of the Rodgers & Hammerstein-produced national tour of ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, approached the team in 1958 with the proposal that they write an Austrian-style folk song for inclusion in a stage adaptation that she and husband Richard Halliday were planning of a German-language film based on the true-life story of the von Trapp family singers. Rodgers & Hammerstein suggested that rather than write one song for the play-with-music, why not let them write the entire score for the story as a musical? That is, if Martin and Halliday wouldn't mind waiting for a year, since at the time they were in the throes of FLOWER DRUM SONG. The response from Martin and Halliday: "We'll wait."

The result was THE SOUND OF MUSIC. Halliday co-produced the musical, and Martin starred. Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II wrote the score but, for the only time in the history of their partnership, the task of writing the book did not go to Hammerstein. Instead, the musical’s librettists were Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, who had been contracted to write the stage adaptation from the very beginning. Directed by Vincent J. Donehue, with musical numbers staged by Joe Layton, THE SOUND OF MUSIC co-starred Theodore Bikel as Captain von Trapp; Patricia Neway as the Mother Abbess; and Kurt Kaznar as Max.

THE SOUND OF MUSIC opened at Broadway's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on November 16, 1959, and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s last musical was a triumph. It ran for 1,443 performances and earned seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. In addition, the cast album earned a Gold Record and the Grammy Award. Florence Henderson starred in the first national tour, which played for over two years, and Jean Bayless created the role of Maria in the original London production, which ran for over six years — still the record-holder as the longest running American musical in London.

In 1965 the motion picture version of THE SOUND OF MUSIC was released, and made Hollywood history. Directed by Robert Wise, with a score revised by Rodgers (Hammerstein had died in 1960 and so Rodgers composed both music and lyrics for two songs added to the film—"I Have Confidence" and "Something Good"), and a screenplay by Ernest Lehman, THE SOUND OF MUSIC boasted a dream cast: Julie Andrews as Maria, Christopher Plummer as the Captain, Eleanor Parker as Elsa, Peggy Wood as the Mother Abbess and Charmian Carr as Liesl. (Trivia buffs will note that Hollywood's most famous unseen voice, Marni Nixon, here has an on-screen role as Sister Sophia, and that the actual real-life Maria von Trapp has a cameo appearance in a Salzburg market scene.) Winner of five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, THE SOUND OF MUSIC has become the most popular movie musical ever made.


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von Trapp, Maria. Maria (autobiography), Creation House, New York,1972


In 1995 CNN devoted an in-depth story to the world’s on-going love affair with The Sound of Music. As the news report showed clips from the movie, a Japanese-language stage version, and even a New Rochelle, New York, high school production, the message was clear: after more than 35 years, that love affair was still going strong. For an overview, let’s start at the very beginning:

On stage: The original production of The Sound of Music received seven Tony Awards including Best Musical 1960, and a Grammy Award for its gold-selling cast album...The original London production ran for over six years at the Palace Theatre—and still holds the record as the longest-running American musical in the West End...Since 1960, The R&H Organization has licensed more than 17,500 productions of The Sound of Music worldwide...The most recent U.S. national tour, starring Marie Osmond, ran for nearly two years, visiting 62 cities in 35 states...Major international productions in 1996 included Sweden, Israel and Greece -- with cast albums recorded in their native languages...In the U.S. and Canada, the R&H Theatre Library licenses an average of 475 stock & amateur productions a year; a typical s&a run involves 100 people in production, a combined total of 1200 people in the audience, and an aggregate total of more than 600,000 people who are directly impacted by live stage versions of The Sound of Music every year.

On film: The Sound of Music is the most successful movie musical in history. First released in 1965, it received five Academy Awards including Best Picture of the Year...From 1965 to 1972 it was All Time Box Office Champ, according to Variety...To date it is the highest-ranking musical on every available list of top grossing films...In a recent survey reported by New York Magazine (7/22/96), which adjusted box office grosses and attendance to contemporary prices and current U.S. population, The Sound of Music ranks at #2 behind Gone with The Wind with an adjusted accumulated U.S. gross of $944,000,000...Following the original release of four years, the film had major U.S. re-releases in 1972 and 1990; it remains popular on the college and revival circuit as well...In August of ’96 it was the season finale of the third annual outdoor film festival in New York City’s Bryant Park, sponsored by HBO, where it attracted a record crowd of 12,000.

On television: First broadcast on ABC-TV in 1976, The Sound of Music is nearing the end of a 20-year exclusive contract of annual broadcasts on NBC...In 1995 it was given a special 4-hour broadcast at Easter, hosted by Julie Andrews and celebrating the film’s 30th anniversary, and was re-broadcast at Christmas...Its 1996 broadcast was on December 13...By special arrangement with NBC, it was also shown on the American Movie Channel on July 4, 1996, as the culmination of a 17-hour Rodgers & Hammerstein movie marathon.

On video: One of the first movies issued on home video, The Sound of Music hit the Billboard Top 40 videosales chart shortly after its release in November of 1979...A perennial, it has never been out of the top 3 spots on the internal Fox Video sales charts, with numerous reissues over the years...Its final reissue this century was launched in August ’96, hitting #1 on the VideoScan sales chart in early September; it is currently on moratorium through 2000...During this final sale period, the video clocked its 300th week on the Billboard chart, solidifying its record as the longest-selling video, with its nearest challenger more than 100 weeks behind.

On laser disc: One of the most popular entries in the high-market laser disc niche, The Sound of Music is currently available in a 30th anniversary deluxe set that includes an in-depth documentary, alternate audio track narration provided by Robert Wise, an annotated copy of the Ernest Lehman screenplay, and more.

On record: Three major recordings of The Sound of Music are currently on the market; by far the most successful is the original motion picture soundtrack starring Julie Andrews, which has sold 11 million units worldwide to date...The soundtrack is currently on reissue (RCA Victor) in a newly-mastered recording with new packaging and liner notes...In both its film soundtrack and cast album formats, the score has been recorded in dozens of languages...Its score—perhaps the most cherished in American musical theater—is visited constantly by vocalists and instrumentalists; "My Favorite Things,"Climb Ev’ry Mountain,"Do-Re-Mi,"Edelweiss" and the title song have been recorded by many artists over the years.

On the shelves: The Sound of Music has inspired a long line of merchandise over the years, and enthusiasm from licensees has never flagged. Recently, in addition to the various recordings, videos and laser discs, fans could acquire: various editions of the vocal selections and songbooks (Williamson Music), a line of commemorative plates (The Bradford Exchange) and Music Boxes (Ardleigh-Elliott), a "Barbie as Maria" doll (Mattel), "The Sound of Music" doll collection (Mme. Alexander), My Favorite Things, an illustrated children's book (Simon & Schuster), and The Sound of Music: The Making of America's Favorite Movie, a soft-cover photo history of the movie (Contemporary Books).


20th Century Fox, a once grand and glorious studio, had done very well by the Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals: movie versions of OKLAHOMA!, CAROUSEL, SOUTH PACIFIC, THE KING AND I and STATE FAIR had all been produced under the auspices of this studio, and had collected nine Academy Awards among them. Successful as they were, none of these films could prepare the studio—or the film industry itself—for the phenomenon that was THE SOUND OF MUSIC.

In 1964 THE SOUND OF MUSIC was viewed as a respectable stage property with a good track record: still going strong in the West End (where it would eventually become the longest running American musical in London history), and on a U.S. national tour, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, had by this time racked up a healthy 1443-performance run on Broadway, and collected five Tony Awards including Musical of the Year. In Hollywood, however, where there’s no such thing as a sure thing, turning this stage property into a potentially viable movie was considered a longshot.

For one thing, the movie's budget was—for the first time—large: more than $8 million, and much of that due to the decision to film as much of the movie as possible on location in Salzburg, near and around the Von Trapp villa (though not the villa itself) and the mountains. Also, the cast was relatively unknown. For the central role of Maria, the likes of Mia Farrow, Lesley Ann Warren and Doris Day were each considered before the decision was made to go with 29-year-old Julie Andrews. Although already established as a Broadway star for her roles in THE BOYFRIEND, MY FAIR LADY and CAMELOT, Julie Andrews had yet to be discovered by the movie audiences, and was perhaps best known in Hollywood for Jack Warner's decision to pass her over for the lead in the movie of MY FAIR LADY (which went instead to Audrey Hepburn). Walt Disney, however, took the chance and hired her for MARY POPPINS, and it was after viewing rough footage of her work for Disney that the folks at Fox signed her up immediately.

Joining Julie for the film were Christopher Plummer as the Captain (who, although he wanted to do his own singing, was eventually dubbed in the musical numbers by Bill Lee); Peggy Wood, Eleanor Parker, Anna Lee and Richard Haydn. Twenty-one-year-old Charmaine Carr headed up the cast of the seven children. Marni Nixon, the phantom dubber who provided the singing voice for the leads in WEST SIDE STORY, MY FAIR LADY and THE KING AND I, actually appeared on screen this time as Sister Sophia, and so did the real-life Maria Von Trapp, who makes a quick appearance in a Salzburg sequence.

To make THE SOUND OF MUSIC an on-screen reality, a team of old hands at movie musicals was assembled. Robert Wise, who had won two Oscars in 1961 for another Broadway-to-Hollywood musical adaptation, WEST SIDE STORY, was signed on to produce and direct THE SOUND OF MUSIC. Ernest Lehman, who worked with Rodgers and Hammerstein on the screen adaption of THE KING AND I, did similar honors here.

Richard Rodgers himself took an active role in the movie and significantly amended the score. Two songs were cut, "An Ordinary Couple" (a wistful love duet sung by Maria and the Captain) and "How Can Love Survive?" (a brittle, sardonic duet with an atypical Hammerstein lyric, sung by Elsa and Max).

Replacing them were two new songs with both music and lyrics by Rodgers (Oscar Hammerstein had died in the summer of 1960, less than a year after THE SOUND OF MUSIC opened on Broadway): "I Have Confidence" and "Something Good."

Filming took place throughout the spring and summer of 1964, including eleven weeks on location in and about Salzburg. For those who like to bookend their data, the first scene filmed (in the studio in California) featured Maria and the children singing "My Favorite Things," and shooting ended at the beginning, with the now-classic opening sequence featuring Julie Andrews on top of the hill and the spectacular Alpine scenery.

As an early test for the movie, Fox executive Richard Zanuck arranged for a sneak preview in Minneapolis in February 1965. "The weather was miserable, and we thought nobody would show up," he recalled. "But the theatre was full, and at intermission the whole audience stood up and applauded for five minutes. They did it again at the end, and we looked at each other, shell-shocked."

Ernest Lehman commented, "We didn't know at the beginning it would be such a phenomenon." The world premiere of THE SOUND OF MUSIC was held at the Rivoli Theatre in New York City on March 2, 1965. It played there for a record-breaking 93-week engagement, igniting a momentum that went on to shatter records in all areas of popular entertainment. The initial U.S. release of the film lasted for more than four years. From Japan to Parsi (for the Iranian market), from London to Lisbon, from SUONA DELLA MUSICA in Italy to LA MELODIE DI BONHEUR in France, THE SOUND OF MUSIC quickly became a sound hear the world over.

Nominated for ten Academy Awards, THE SOUND OF MUSIC received five, including Best Director for Robert Wise and Best Picture of the Year. From 1966 to 1969 it was the number one Box Office Champion, according to Variety's survey. To this day, THE SOUND OF MUSIC is one of the twenty-five top grossing films of all time, and the oldest title on that list. It has become the most popular musical ever made

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The motion picture soundtrack, released internationally on the RCA label, has gone platinum and gold and sold over 10 million units worldwide. The movie has also made a successful transition to the small screen, appearing as a perennial favorite on television throughout the world, and in the home video market.

The weekend before THE SOUND OF MUSIC was released, Richard Rodgers was interviewed by the The New York Times. He expressed his delight at seeing THE SOUND OF MUSIC turned into a movie that functioned as a satisfying work in its own right. Having lavished praise on screenwriter Lehman, director/producer Wise, the cast and the movie as a whole, Rodgers ended the interview on a note of caution: "There is, of course, no way for me to tell how the public will respond to THE SOUND OF MUSIC as a movie." It turned out he had nothing to worry about.


Awards for The Sound of Music

Theatre World Award

Lauri Peters

Writer's Guild of America

Best Written American Musical Film

Academy Awards

1965 — Best Music, Scoring of Music, Adaptation or Treatment - Irwin Kostal
1965 — Best Director - Robert Wise
1965 — Best Sound - James P. Corcoran, Fred HynesFilm Editing, William Reynolds

Tony Awards

Best Musical - Book by Howard Lindsay, Russel Crouse; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Music by Richard Rodgers; Produced by Leland Hayward, Richard Halliday, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II
Best Featured Actress in a Musical - Patricia Neway
Best Scenic Design - Oliver Smith
Best Conductor and Musical Director- Frederick Dvonch
Best Actress in a Musical - Mary Martin

Golden Globe Awards (United States)

July 24, 1965 — Best Motion Picture Actress Musical/ Comedy - Julie Andrews
1965 — Best Motion Picture Musical/Comedy

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Writers Notes for The Sound of Music

My Heart Belongs
Written By: Mary Martin

If there was ever a triumph of audience over critics, it was THE SOUND OF MUSIC. I played in this wonderful show for more than two years, from 1959 almost into 1962. It is still playing somewhere in the world, and it will still be playing long after everybody who worked on the original version has vanished from the earth.

From the beginning to end, and all over the world—the United States, Australia, England, wherever it played—most of the critics and the intellectuals in the audience found it impossibly sweet. But audiences loved it. No matter how critical the reviews were, they didn't keep the people out—they pulled them in.

It seems improbable that there is any living soul who doesn't know the story of THE SOUND OF MUSIC, but in case there are a few, it was about a very lively young Catholic postulant in Austria who was sent to be governess to the seven children of a widower, Captain von Trapp. The postulant fell in love first with the children, then with the captain. She left the abbey to marry him, and in a dramatic finale the whole family climbed over the Alps to escape from Nazi invaders of Austria just before the Second World War. It is a true story. The real live protagonists made their way to the United States [and] became famous as the Trapp Family Singers.

We were all preoccupied with the problem of how to do this very touching story without being oversentimental in the scenes with the children, or melodramatic in the scenes of the decision to leave Austria and escape over the mountains. It was a problem never solved for the critics.

But oh, the music, the joy! I remember the first time I heard the song 'Do-Re-Mi,' in which Maria taught the children the musical scale. I heard it with Dick playing the melody, Oscar singing the simple, beautiful, rhymed lyrics he had written. It was a revelation. Here, I thought, is perfect communication. It communicated so well that it turned out to be an international success.

From My Heart Belongs, Warner Books, Copyright 1976 by Mary Martin Halliday


About the Characters
Written By: Tim Crouse

Maria Rainer: A young, orphaned Nonnberg Abbey postulant whose impetuous behavior calls her fitness for the veil into question, Maria is dispatched by the Mother Abbess on a probationary tour of duty as governess to the seven children of the widowed Captain Georg von Trapp.  Initially cowed by the Captain's autocratic manner, she holds her own with him, wins over his children, restores music to his house, and discovers, to her distress, that he has fallen in love with her and she with him.  Retreating to the Abbey, she is sent back to the von Trapp villa by the Mother Abbess, in order to find "how God wants you to spend your love."  That turns out to be as a wife to the captain, a second mother to his offspring, and a pathfinder who helps lead them out of the peril looming over them.

Captain Georg von Trapp: A decorated naval hero of the First World War, adamantly opposed to the Nazis and their designs on his beloved Austria.  Traumatized by the loss of his wife, he has distanced himself from his home and the music which once animated it.  The arrival of the postulant Maria Rainer as a governess breaks open his shell, bringing him back to his children and music.  Marrying her, he gains a stalwart, resourceful partner in his daring decision to flee with his family from the dictates of the Third Reich, to freedom.

The Mother Abbess:  Spiritual head of Nonnberg Abbey, mentor to Maria.  Her credo: "You have to find the life you were born to live."  She shepherds Maria from a mistaken vocation as a nun to a true one as a wife and mother, finally helping her to escape, with her new family, over the mountain where both she and Maria grew up.

Max Detweiler: A charming, well-connected impresario, he is a confidant of the Captain's lover, Elsa Schraeder, and apparently, like her, a moral chameleon.  His collaboration with the regime in Berlin threatens his friendship with the Captain, but in the end he risks everything to save the von Trapps.

Elsa Schraeder: A chic, attractive Viennese widow, president of her late husband's corporation, now involved in a relationship with Captain von Trapp.  Her expectations of marrying the Captain founder on her willingness to accept the Nazis, a moral pliancy that is anathema to him.

A widower, he has shut out of his life everything that reminds him of his wife, including music and his seven children.


Performance Tools for The Sound of Music

Rental Materials for The Sound of Music

STANDARD

  • Orchestra Package (25 Books)
    • 1 – PIANO VOCAL SCORE
    • 1 – FLUTE I
    • 1 – FLUTE II (Doubling Piccolo)
    • 1 – OBOE (Doubling English Horn)
    • 1 – CLARINET I
    • 1 – CLARINET II
    • 1 – BASSOON
    • 1 – HORN I
    • 1 – HORN II
    • 1 – HORN III
    • 1 – TRUMPET I
    • 1 – TRUMPET II
    • 1 – TRUMPET III
    • 1 – TROMBONE I
    • 1 – TROMBONE II
    • 1 – TUBA
    • 1 – PERCUSSION
    • 1 – GUITAR (Doubling Mandolin)
    • 1 – HARP
    • 1 – OPTIONAL PIANO
    • 1 – VIOLIN I (Divisi)
    • 1 – VIOLIN II (Divisi)
    • 1 – VIOLA (Divisi)
    • 1 – CELLO (Divisi)
    • 1 – BASS
  • THE SOUND OF MUSIC - Rehearsal Set (22 Books)
    • 20 – Libretto-Vocal Books
    • 1 – Logo CD
    • 2 – PIANO VOCAL SCORE

ALTERNATE

  • Two Piano Arrangement (2 Act I, 2 Act II)
    • 2 – TWO PIANO ARRANGMENT - Act I
    • 2 – TWO PIANO ARRANGEMENT - Act II

ADDITIONAL

  • I Have Confidence - Orch (27 Books)
    • 3 – PIANO CONDUCTOR SCORE
    • 1 – FLUTE I
    • 1 – FLUTE II (Doubling Piccolo)
    • 1 – OBOE
    • 1 – CLARINET I
    • 1 – CLARINET II
    • 1 – BASSOON
    • 1 – HORN I
    • 1 – HORN II
    • 1 – HORN III
    • 1 – TRUMPET I
    • 1 – TRUMPET II
    • 1 – TRUMPET III
    • 1 – TROMBONE I
    • 1 – TROMBONE II
    • 1 – TUBA
    • 1 – PERCUSSION
    • 1 – GUITAR
    • 1 – HARP
    • 1 – OPTIONAL PIANO
    • 1 – VIOLIN I
    • 1 – VIOLIN II
    • 1 – VIOLA
    • 1 – CELLO
    • 1 – BASS
  • Libretto/Vocal Books 10 pack
    • 10 – Libretto-Vocal Books
  • SOUND OF MUSIC - PRE-PRODUCTION PACKAGE
    • 1 – Libretto-Vocal Books
    • 1 – PIANO VOCAL SCORE
  • THE SOUND OF MUSIC-Something Good Orchestration (28 Books)
    • 4 – Piano Conductor Score
    • 1 – FLUTE I
    • 1 – FLUTE II (Doubling Piccolo)
    • 1 – Oboe
    • 1 – CLARINET I
    • 1 – CLARINET II
    • 1 – BASSOON
    • 1 – HORN I
    • 1 – HORN II
    • 1 – Horn III
    • 1 – Trumpet I
    • 1 – Trumpte II
    • 1 – Trumpet III
    • 1 – TROMBONE I
    • 1 – Trombone II I
    • 1 – Tuba
    • 1 – Percussion
    • 1 – GUITAR
    • 1 – Harp
    • 1 – Optional Piano
    • 1 – Violin I (Divisi)
    • 1 – Violin II (Divisi)
    • 1 – Viola (Divisi)
    • 1 – CELLO (Divisi)
    • 1 – BASS
  • The Sound of Music - Partitur (1 Act 1, 1 Act 2)
    • THE SOUND OF MUSIC-Something Good-Two Piano Arrangment Package
      • 6 – Two-Piano Arrangement Book
    • SOUND OF MUSIC - I Have Confidence - 2 Piano Arrangement-Pkg
      • THE SOUND OF MUSIC-The Sound of Music, Key of F-Orchestration
        • 1 – Bass
        • 1 – Bassoon
        • 1 – CELLO (Divisi)
        • 1 – Clarinet I
        • 1 – Clarinet II
        • 1 – English Horn
        • 1 – Flute I
        • 1 – Flute II (Doubling Piccolo)
        • 1 – Full Score
        • 1 – Guitar
        • 1 – Horn I
        • 1 – Horn II
        • 1 – Horn III
        • 1 – Harp
        • 1 – Optional Piano
        • 3 – Piano Conductor
        • 1 – Percussion
        • 1 – TRUMPET I (Bb)
        • 1 – Trumptet II (Bb)
        • 1 – Trumpet III (Bb)
        • 1 – Trombone I
        • 1 – Trombone II
        • 1 – Tuba
        • 1 – Viola (Divisi)
        • 1 – Violin I (Divisi)
        • 1 – Violin II (Divisi)

      ARTWORK

      • Sound of Music Flat Bundle
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        • 1 – Flat Facebook Tabs
        • 1 – Flat Print
        • 1 – Flat Headers
        • 1 – Flat Poster 7
        • 1 – Flat Poster 1
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        Cast Requirements for The Sound of Music

        PRINCIPALS
        3 Women
        5 Girls (ages 5, 7, 9, 13 and 16)
        2 Men
        2 Boys (ages 11 and 14)

        FEATURED
        4 Women
        2 Men

        ENSEMBLE
        Neighbors of Captain von Trapp, nuns, novices, postulants, and contestants at the Festival Concert

        CHARACTERS
        Maria Rainer - a Postulant at Nonnberg Abbey
        The Mother Abbess
        Sister Berthe - Mistress of Novices
        Sister Margaretta - Mistress of Postulants
        Sister Sophia
        Captain Georg von Trapp
        Franz - the butler
        Frau Schmidt - the housekeeper
        Liesl von Trapp - age 16
        Friedrich von Trapp - age 14
        Louisa von Trapp - age 13
        Kurt von Trapp - age 10
        Brigitta von Trapp - age 9
        Marta von Trapp - age 7
        Gretl von Trapp - the youngest
        Rolf Gruber - age 17
        Elsa Schraeder
        Ursula
        Max Detweiler
        Herr Zeller
        Baron Elberfeld
        A New Postulant
        Admiral von Schreiber
        Neighbors of Captain von Trapp, nuns, novices, postulants, and contestants at the Festival Concert

        Set Requirements for The Sound of Music

        THE SOUND OF MUSIC takes place in Austria, early in 1938.

        SPECIFIC LOCATIONS
        Nonnberg Abbey
        Mountainside near the Abbey
        The Office of the Mother Abbess
        A Corridor in the Abbey
        The Living Room of the Trapp Villa
        Outside the Trapp Villa
        Maria's Bedroom
        The Terrace of the Trapp Villa
        A Hallway in the Trapp Villa
        A Cloister Overlooking the Chapel
        The Concert Hall
        The Garden of Nonnberg Alley

        Materials Notes

        DIVISI NOTE: In the original Broadway pit of THE SOUND OF MUSIC, there were 4 players on Violin I, 4 players on Violin II, 2 Violists, 2 Cellists, and 1 Bass player.
        Trap Set (Snare Drum, Tenor Drum, Bass Drum, Hi-Hat, Suspended Cymbal), Chime (E), Orchestra Bells, 2 Timpani, Temple Block, Wood Block, Triangle

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