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 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. Maria and Captain von Trapp find themselves drawn to each other as well. But their happiness is soon tested by the current political situation and challenges they encounter along the way.

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, Semi-Biography, Child Roles, ClassicPopular, Rom-Dram, Tony Award, War

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