The Story
The Sound Of Music
Music
RICHARD RODGERS

Lyrics
OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II

Book
HOWARD LINDSAY & RUSSELL CROUSE
This beloved musical is based on Maria von Trapp's book The Story of the Trapp Family Singers. 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.

PHOTOS
2006 London Revival
Artworks/ Posters

VIDEOS
Performance highlights from the London production of The Sound of Music.

MUSIC
Do-Re-Mi
Connie Fisher and Children
2006 London Cast Recording

THE STORY

ACT ONE

The action takes place in the town of Salzburg in Austria, just before World War II.

It is 1938. In Nonnberg Abbey in Austria, the busy nuns are going about their daily tasks, but towards evening it becomes apparent that the postulant, Maria Rainer, is not among them. Maria is out on the mountain, singing of the joy she finds in nature (The Sound of Music), and she returns to the Abbey late, as usual. The Mother Abbess and her assistants are forced to conclude that Maria is not yet ready for the religious life (Maria) Although the Mother Abbess shares many enthusiasms with Maria (My Favourite Things), she decides to send her out of the Abbey to become temporary governess to the children of Captain Georg von Trapp, a retired naval officer. Since the death of his wife, the Captain has taken to running his home like a battleship, and treating his children like naval recruits. When Maria and the children have a few days alone together, however, she teaches them how to play, to sing (Do-Re-Mi), to enjoy life. Liesl, the oldest child, is in the throes of first love with Rolf Gruber, a village boy, and she steals from the house to meet him (Sixteen Going On Seventeen). Maria wins over Liesl, indeed all the children, when she comforts them with her singing during a thunderstorm (The Lonely Goatherd).

The Captain returns from Vienna with his fianc?e, Elsa Schr?der, and a family friend, Max Detweiler. At first astonished and angry at Maria's dismantling of the martial law he had imposed on his children, the Captain's cold reserve melts away when he hears the sound of music in his home for the first time in many years. Maria has made him realise how important it is to know and love his children.

At a party given to introduce Elsa to the Captain's neighbours, the children charm the guests with their goodnight song (So Long, Farewell). Against this innocence, however, the ominous rumblings of the imminent German Anschluss can be heard. Some of the guests almost come to blows over the possibility of Hitler's take-over of Austria, and one of them threatens the Captain, who is firmly opposed to the Nazi regime. In an effort to reduce the tension Maria induces the Captain to join her in demonstrating an charming Austrian folk dance, the l?ndler. During the dance, Maria is confronted with a sudden realisation: she has fallen in love with the Captain. In dismay, she flees to the Abbey, where the Mother Abbess advises her that the love of a man and a woman is holy, and that the Abbey is not a place to hide from one's problems but a place in which to confront them. She urges Maria to reach out to meet life (Climb Ev'ry Mountain).


ACT TWO

Returning to the Trapp villa, Maria finds a bitter quarrel going on among the Captain, Elsa and Max, over the Nazi invasion of Austria. While the Captain is prepared to stand up to the Nazis and defy them if necessary, Elsa is unwilling to take such risks or in any way endanger her own comfortable position. She and the Captain decide to dissolve their engagement, and she leaves. At the same time, Maria and the Captain acknowledge their love for each other (An Ordinary Couple) and two weeks later they are married at the Abbey. When they return from their honeymoon, they find that the Anschluss has become fact, and that Rolf, Liesl's love, has emerged as a Nazi supporter. Max, meanwhile, is determined (against the Captain's wishes) that the children will sing at a music festival in Salzburg as planned. Unexpectedly, the Nazis press the Captain into military service to the Third Reich; Maria gains time for him by convincing the new authorities that, in fact the entire von Trapp family is scheduled to sing at the festival.

The Nazi officials allow the von Trapps to perform, while announcing that a military escort will be standing by to take the Captain to his new post in Berlin. On this, his last night in his beloved Austria, Captain von Trapp leads his wife, lady and fellow countrymen in singing a cherished folk song (Edelweiss). Swiftly, Maria leads the family, including the Captain, into their exit song and one by one, they disappear as Max stalls the escort. Fleeing to the Abbey, they seek refuge in the garden as soldiers, hot on their trail, search for them unsuccessfully. Finally, as the nuns wish them Godspeed, the von Trapps leave Austria for a new life and new hope, as they climb to freedom over Maria's beloved mountain.

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CAST & CREATIVES
Creative
Producer ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER & THE REALLY USEFUL GROUP, DAVID IAN, LIVE NATION
Direction JEREMY SAMS
Musical Staging ARLENE PHILLIPS
Scenic Design ROBERT JONES
Costume Design ROBERT JONES
Lighting Design MARK HENDERSON
Sound Design MICK POTTER
Cast
Maria Rainer CONNIE FISHER
Capt. Georg von Trapp ALEXANDER HANSON
Mother Abbess LESLEY GARRETT
Elsa Scraeder LAUREN WARD
Max Detweiler IAN GELBER
Rolf Gruber NEIL McDERMOTT
Liesl von Trapp SOPHIE BOULD
Creative
Producer HALLMARK ENTERTAINMENT, THOMAS VIERTEL, STEVEN BARUCH, RICHARD FRANKEL, JUJAMCYN THEATERS
Direction SUSAN H. SCHULMAN
Musical Staging MICAEL LICHTEFELD
Scenic Design HEIDI ETTINGER
Costume Design CATHERINE ZUBER
Lighting Design PAUL GALLO
Sound Design TONY MEOLA
Cast
Maria Rainer REBECCA LUKER
Capt. Georg von Trapp MICHAEL SIBERRY
Mother Abbess PATTI COHENOUR
Elsa Scraeder JAN MAXWELL
Max Detweiler FRED APPLEGATE
Rolf Gruber DASHIELL EAVES
Liesl von Trapp SARA ZELLE
Friedrich von Trapp RYAN HOPKINS
Louisa von Trapp NATALIE HALL
Kurt von Trapp MATTHEW BALLINGER
Brigitta von Trapp TRACY ALISON WALSH
Marta von Trapp ANDREA BOWEN
Gretl von Trapp ASHLEY ROSE ORR
Creative
Producer LELAND HAYWARD, RICHARD HALLIDAY, RICHARD RODGERS, OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II
Direction VINCENT J. DONEHUE
Musical Staging JOE LAYTON
Orchestrations ROBERT RUSSELL BENNETT
Scenic Design OLIVER SMITH
Costume Design LUCINDA BALLARD
Lighting Design JEAN ROSENTHAL
Cast
Maria Rainer MARY MARTIN
Capt. Georg von Trapp THEODORE BIKEL
Mother Abbess PATRICIA NEWAY
Elsa Scraeder MARION MARLOWE
Max Detweiler KURT KASZNAR
Rolf Gruber BRIAN DAVIES
Liesl von Trapp LAURI PETERS
Friedrich von Trapp WILLIAM SNOWDEN
Louisa von Trapp KATHY DUNN
Kurt von Trapp JOSEPH STEWART
Brigitta von Trapp MARILYN ROGERS
Marta von Trapp MARY SUSAN LOCKE
Gretl von Trapp EVANNA LIEN
MUSICAL NUMBERS
ACT ONE

PreludiumThe Mother Abbess, Sister Margaretta, Sister Berthe, Sister Sophia, Nuns, Novices and Postulants
The Sound of MusicMaria Rainer
MariaThe Mother Abbess, Sister Margaretta, Sister Berthe and Sister Sophia
I Have ConfidenceMaria Rainer
Do-Re-MiMaria Rainer, Liesl von Trapp, Friedrich von Trapp, Louisa von Trapp, Kurt von Trapp, Brigitta von Trapp, Marta von Trapp and Gretl von Trapp
Sixteen Going on SeventeenRolf Gruber and Liesl von Trapp
My Favorite ThingsMaria Rainer and Children
How Can Love Survive?Max Detweiler and Elsa Schraeder
The Sound of Music (Reprise)Captain Georg von Trapp, Children and Maria Rainer
LaendlerOrchestra
So Long, FarewellChildren
Morning HymnThe Mother Abbess, Nuns, Novices and Postulants
Climb Ev'ry MountainThe Mother Abbess


ACT TWO

Opening Act IIMax Detweiler and Children
No Way to Stop ItElsa Schraeder, Max Detweiler and Captain Georg von Trapp
Something GoodMaria Rainer and Captain Georg von Trapp
Wedding ProcessionalThe Mother Abbess, Nuns, Novices and Postulants
Sixteen Going on Seventeen (Reprise)Maria Rainer and Liesl von Trapp
The Lonely GoatherdMaria Rainer, Captain Georg von Trapp and Children
EdelweissCaptain Georg von Trapp, Maria Rainer and Children
So Long, Farewell (Reprise)Maria Rainer, Captain Georg von Trapp and Children
Finale UltimoThe Mother Abbess, Nuns, Novices and Postulants

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SIGHTS & SOUNDS

2006 London Production
Artworks/ Posters

Performance highlights from the London production of The Sound of Music.
Rebecca Luker leads the 1998 Broadway revival cast in a performance of 'Climb Every Mountain,' 'Do Re Mi' and 'The Sound of Music' at the Tony Awards.

My Favorite Things Rebecca Luker & Children 1998 Broadway Cast Recording
Do-Re-Mi Connie Fisher and Children 2006 London Cast Recording
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