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this day in the yesteryear: The Sound of Music Opens on Broadway (1959)


The Sound of Music Opens on Broadway (1959)

The Sound of Music, with a score by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, opened on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Mary Martin starred as Maria, and Theodore Bikel played the role of Captain Georg von Trapp. The Tony Award-winning production ran for 1,443 performances. Productions in London, Japan, and Australia followed, as did the phenomenally successful 1965 film, starring Julie Andrews. What are some of the differences between the stage and screen versions? More… Discuss

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Anna Leonowens


Anna Leonowens

Leonowens was a British teacher who became governess to the children of King Mongkut of Siam in the early 1860s. Her personal diaries became the basis for the Margaret Landon novel Anna and the King of Siam, which in turn inspired the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, The King and I. Although Leonowens presented her memoirs as factual, it has been said that she exaggerated the importance of her role in the king’s court. After leaving Siam, Leonowens helped found what college? More… Discuss

This Day in the Yesteryear: RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN’S SOUTH PACIFIC OPENS ON BROADWAY (1949)


Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific Opens on Broadway (1949)

Based on James Michener‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning book Tales of the South Pacific, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific opened on Broadway to great acclaim. Set on a Pacific island during WWII, the musical relates two parallel love stories that are threatened by prejudice and war. The play’s first run earned 10 Tony Awards, and its 2008 Broadway revival earned seven. When it was awarded the 1950 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, who notoriously failed to receive credit for coauthoring it? More… Discuss

South Pacific is considered to be one of the greatest
Broadway musicals. Several of its songs, including “Bali
Ha’i”, “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair“,
“Some Enchanted Evening”, “Happy Talk”, “Younger than
Springtime” and “I’m in Love with a Wonderful Guy“,
have become popular standards. The Broadway
production won ten Tony Awards, including Best Musical,
Best Score and Best Libretto, and it is the only musical
production ever to have won all four Tony Awards for
acting. The show was a critical and box office hit and has
since enjoyed many successful revivals and tours, also
spawning a 1958 film and other adaptations. The 2008
Broadway revival was a strong success, winning seven
Tonys including for Best Musical Revival.