Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, (11/16/1959 - 11/03/1962)
Mark Hellinger Theatre, (11/06/1962 - 6/15/1963)

Opening Date: Nov 16, 1959
Closing Date: Jun 15, 1963
Total Previews: 5
Total Performances: 1443

Category: Musical, Drama, Original, Broadway
Description: A musical in two acts
Setting: Austria. Early in 1938.

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by City Playhouses, Inc. (Louis A. Lotito, President)

Produced by Leland Hayward, Richard Halliday, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II

Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse; Music by Richard Rodgers; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Based on "The Trapp Family Singers" by Maria Augusta Trapp; Musical Director: Frederick Dvonch; Music orchestrated by Robert Russell Bennett; Choral arrangements by Trude Rittman

Directed by Vincent J. Donehue; Musical Staging by Joe Layton

Scenic Design by Oliver Smith; Costume Design by Lucinda Ballard; Lighting Design by Jean Rosenthal; Mary Martin's clothes by Mainbocher

General Manager: Herman Bernstein; Company Manager: Warren O'Hara

Production Stage Manager: Peter Zeisler; Stage Manager: Randall Brooks

Music Contractor: Sol Gusikoff

Press Representative: Frank Goodman and Ben Washer; Casting: Edward Blum; Advertising: Lawrence Weiner

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Opening Night Cast

Mary MartinMaria Rainer
a postulant at Nonnberg Abbey
Theodore BikelCaptain Georg von Trapp
Kurt KasznarMax Detweiler
Marion MarloweElsa Schraeder
Patricia NewayThe Mother Abbess
Joanne BirksEnsemble
Patricia BrooksEnsemble
June CardEnsemble
Dorothy DallasEnsemble
Brian DaviesRolf Gruber
Ceil DelliEnsemble
Kathy DunnLouisa von Trapp
Luce EnnisUrsula
a maid
Ensemble
Cleo FryEnsemble
Barbara GeorgeEnsemble
Stefan GieraschHerr Zeller
Michael GorrinAdmiral von Schreiber
Joey HeathertonEnsemble
Lucas HovingEnsemble
Elizabeth HowellSister Berthe
Mistress of Novices
Patricia KellyEnsemble
Maria KovaEnsemble
Evanna LienGretl von Trapp
Mary Susan LockeMarta von Trapp
Nan McFarlandFrau Schmidt
the housekeeper
Shirley MendoncaEnsemble
Kathy MillerEnsemble
Lorna NashEnsemble
Muriel O'MalleySister Margaretta
Mistress of Postulants
Lauri PetersLiesl von Trapp
Keith PrenticeEnsemble
John RandolphFranz
the butler
Nancy ReevesEnsemble
Marilyn RogersBrigitta von Trapp
Bernice SaundersEnsemble
Connie SharmanEnsemble
Karen ShepardSister Sophia
Kirby SmithBaron Elberfeld
William SnowdenFriedrich von Trapp
Gloria StevensEnsemble
Joseph StewartKurt von Trapp
Tatiana TroyanosEnsemble
Mimi VondraEnsemble
Sue YaegerA Postulant

Standby: Renee Guerin (Maria Rainer) and Kenneth Harvey (Captain Georg von Trapp)

Understudies: Dorothy Dallas (Sister Berthe), David Gress (Friedrich von Trapp, Kurt von Trapp), Joey Heatherton (Liesl von Trapp, Louisa von Trapp), Lucas Hoving (Herr Zeller), Elizabeth Howell (Frau Schmidt, The Mother Abbess), Sheppard Kerman (Max Detweiler), Maria Kova (Sister Sophia), Mary Susan Locke (Brigitta von Trapp), Keith Prentice (Rolf Gruber), Nancy Reeves (Sister Margaretta), Karen Shepard (Elsa Schraeder), Kirby Smith (Admiral von Schreiber, Franz) and Frances Underhill (Gretl von Trapp, Marta von Trapp)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

winner 1960 Best Musical [winner] 

Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Music by Richard Rodgers; Produced by Leland Hayward, Richard Halliday, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II

winner 1960 Best Actress in a Musical [winner] 

Mary Martin

 1960 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Theodore Bikel

 1960 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Kurt Kasznar

winner 1960 Best Featured Actress in a Musical [winner] 

Patricia Neway

 1960 Best Featured Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Lauri Peters

winner 1960 Best Scenic Design (Musical) [winner] 

Oliver Smith

 1960 Best Direction of a Musical [nominee] 

Vincent J. Donehue

winner 1960 Best Conductor and Musical Director [winner] 

Musical Director: Frederick Dvonch

Theatre World

winner 1960 Award [recipient] 

Lauri Peters

Songs

ACT 1 Sung By
Preludium
The Sound of MusicMaria Rainer (a postulant at Nonnberg Abbey)
MariaThe Mother Abbess, Sister Margaretta (Mistress of Postulants), Sister Berthe (Mistress of Novices) and Sister Sophia
My Favorite ThingsMaria Rainer (a postulant at Nonnberg Abbey) and The Mother Abbess
Do-Re-MiChildren and Maria Rainer (a postulant at Nonnberg Abbey)
You Are Sixteen Liesl von Trapp and Rolf Gruber
The Lonely GoatherdMaria Rainer (a postulant at Nonnberg Abbey) and Children
How Can Love Survive?Elsa Schraeder, Max Detweiler and Captain Georg von Trapp
The Sound of Music (Reprise) Maria Rainer (a postulant at Nonnberg Abbey), Captain Georg von Trapp and Children
So Long, FarewellChildren
Climb Every MountainThe Mother Abbess
ACT 2 Sung By
No Way to Stop ItCaptain Georg von Trapp, Max Detweiler and Elsa Schraeder
Ordinary CoupleMaria Rainer (a postulant at Nonnberg Abbey) and Captain Georg von Trapp
Wedding ProcessionalEnsemble
You Are Sixteen (Reprise) Maria Rainer (a postulant at Nonnberg Abbey) and Liesl von Trapp
Do-Re-Mi (Reprise) Maria Rainer (a postulant at Nonnberg Abbey), Captain Georg von Trapp and Children
EdelweissCaptain Georg von Trapp, Maria Rainer (a postulant at Nonnberg Abbey) and Children
So Long, Farewell (Reprise) Maria Rainer (a postulant at Nonnberg Abbey), Captain Georg von Trapp and Children
Climb Every Mountain (Reprise) Company

Replacement/Transfer Info


The following people are credited as replacements or additions if they were not credited on opening night.


Lunt-Fontanne Theatre

(11/16/1959 - 11/3/1962)

General Manager: Marshall Young.

Assistant Stage Mgr: Richard Via.

Assistant Conductor: John Lesko.

Chorus Captain: Zoya Leporska.

Cast

Maureen Bailey
Ensemble
Jay Barney
Franz
the butler
Richard Carafa
Kurt von Trapp
Jeannie Carson
Maria Rainer
a postulant at Nonnberg Abbey
(Jul 1962 - ?)
Imelda De Martin
Ensemble
Liesl von Trapp
Nancy Dussault
Maria Rainer
a postulant at Nonnberg Abbey
(Sep 1962 - ?)
Helen Feit
Ensemble
Dan Ferrone
Ensemble
Catherine Gale
Ensemble
Geraldine Gale
Ensemble
Ann Gardner
Ensemble
Barbara Gregory
Ensemble
Sarah Hageman
Ensemble
Elizabeth Howell
The Mother Abbess
Lois Hunt
Elsa Schraeder
Tommy Leap
Kurt von Trapp
Valerie Lee
Gretl von Trapp
Sara Letton
A Postulant
Ensemble
Nadine Lewis
Sister Margaretta
Mistress of Postulants
Evanna Lien
Marta von Trapp
Paul Lipson
Max Detweiler
Mary Susan Locke
Brigitta von Trapp
Milton Luchan
Herr Zeller
Marissa Mason
Liesl von Trapp
Laura Michaels
Gretl von Trapp
Jen Nelson
Elsa Schraeder
Nita Novy
Brigitta von Trapp
Lizabeth Pritchett
Sister Berthe
Mistress of Novices
The Mother Abbess
Lu Ann Ragle
Ensemble
Bernice Saunders
Ursula
a maid
Donald Scott
Captain Georg von Trapp
Leslie Smith
Gretl von Trapp
Royston Thomas
Friedrich von Trapp
Webb Tilton
Baron Elberfeld
Ronnie Tourso
Friedrich von Trapp
Peter Van Hattum
Rolf Gruber
Jay Velie
Admiral von Schreiber
Gina Viglione
Ensemble
Jon Voight
Rolf Gruber
Arthur Warren
Friedrich von Trapp
Connie Webber
Ensemble
Mitzi Wilson
Ensemble
Martha Wright
Maria Rainer
a postulant at Nonnberg Abbey
(Oct 1961 - ?)

Standby: Barbara Meister (Maria Rainer).

Understudy: Maureen Bailey (Liesl von Trapp), Imelda De Martin (Liesl von Trapp, Louisa von Trapp), Kenny Doré (Friedrich von Trapp, Kurt von Trapp), Dan Ferrone (Rolf Gruber), Cleo Fry (Sister Berthe), Sarah Hageman (Frau Schmidt), Valerie Lee (Gretl von Trapp, Marta von Trapp), Sara Letton (Liesl von Trapp), Evanna Lien (Brigitta von Trapp, Marta von Trapp), Shirley Mendonca (Sister Sophia), Steven Meyer (Herr Zeller), Laura Michaels (Gretl von Trapp, Marta von Trapp), Patty Michaels (Louisa von Trapp), Lizabeth Pritchett (The Mother Abbess), Wayne Sullivan (Friedrich von Trapp, Kurt von Trapp), Webb Tilton (Admiral von Schreiber, Franz, Herr Zeller).

Mark Hellinger Theatre

(11/6/1962 - 6/15/1963)

Theatre Owned / Operated by Anthony Brady Farrell.

Cast

Nancy Dussault
Maria Rainer
a postulant at Nonnberg Abbey

Understudy: Philip Proctor (Rolf Gruber).



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