The Sound of Music
The Sound of Music is a 1959 Broadway and West End musical. It was written by Rodgers and Hammerstein. The story tells of a young Austrian named Maria. She becomes the governess to the children of Capt. Georg von Trapp, a widower. The captain and Maria fall in love and marry. The Nazis want the captain to be a part of their evil plans. He avoids them, and leads his family to freedom over the Alps.
The original Broadway production opened on November 16, 1959. It starred Mary Martin and Theodore Bikel. The show has had many revivals. It was adapted as a 1965 movie musical starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. It won five Academy Awards. The Sound of Music was the last musical written by Rodgers and Hammerstein. Hammerstein died of cancer nine months after the Broadway premiere.