The Sound of Music: Musical Info & Synopsis


The Sound of Music is set in Austria on the eve of World War II. The story follows Maria, a young woman who becomes the governess for the von Trapp family. As Maria brings joy and music into their strict household, she forms a special bond with the seven von Trapp children and their father, Captain von Trapp. However, their newfound happiness is soon tested by the looming political turmoil and the challenges that seem to lie ahead.

Musical Information

Musical Type: Golden Age (1959)

Cast Size: 25+

Genre: Romantic Drama

Setting: 1930s / Austria

Creative Team

Music: Richard Rodgers

Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II

Book: Howard Lindsay, Russel Crouse

Cast Albums

Original Broadway Cast (1959)➝

Original London Cast (1961)➝

Broadway Cast (1998)➝

Television Cast (2013) ➝


Audition Songs: Theatre Trip

Licensing: Concord Theatricals➝

Sheet Music: Amazon➝


1950s, Biographical, Child Roles, Classic, Golden Age, Popular, Rom-Dram, Tony Award, War

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