The Theater: New Musical on Broadway, Nov. 30, 1959

The Sound of Music—with Richard Rodgers supplying the music, Oscar Hammerstein the lyrics, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse the libretto, and with Mary Martin as the star—provides "What's in a name?" with at least one answer: "A $2,325,000 advance sale.'' The show itself, in accordance with Rodgers and Hammerstein's desire not to repeat themselves, goes to Austria at the time of the Anschluss for its story, to the famous Trapp Family Singers, who dramatically escaped from the Nazis' clutches. Besides Captain Georg von Trapp, there were his seven children and their governess, a...

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