TriStar Pictures cast:
SHIRLEY MACLAINE as Ouiser, OLYMPIA DUKAKIS as Clairee, SALLY FIELDS as
M'Lynn, JULIA ROBERTS as Shelby, DARYL HANNAH as Annelle,
and DOLLY PARTON as Truvy
THE SOUND OF MUSIC
January 17 - March 15, 2014
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 final collaboration between Richard Rodgers and Oscar
Hammerstein was destined to become one of the most beloved musicals ever.
Not a day goes by when there is not a production of The Sound of Music
playing somewhere around the world. And the motion picture version remains
the most popular movie musical of all time.
The Sound of Music opened on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in
November 1959 starring Mary Martin, who had starred in Rodgers &
Hammerstein’s South Pacific on Broadway and in London, as Maria and
Theodore Bikel as Captain von Trapp. The original production ran for nearly
four years and over 1,400 performances, winning five Tony Awards including
best Actress in a Musical (Martin) and Best Musical. The national tour that
followed crisscrossed the country for two years and opened with Florence
Henderson starring as Maria.
It was six years after the Broadway premier that The Sound of Music
made its way to the silver screen. The motion picture adaption starred Julie
Andrew as Maria and Christopher Plummer as Captain von Trapp. At the 38th
Academy Awards, the film received ten nominations and took home five awards,
including Best Picture.
While the musical was produced locally and regionally on a
regular basis, and the movie was frequently seen on television, it was not
until 1998, 39 years after it first opened in New York, that Broadway hosted
a revival of the popular Rodgers & Hammerstein musical. The production ran
for over 570 total performances and received a Tony nomination for Best
Revival of a Musical and four Outer Critics Circle nominations.