Original London Cast

The Sound of Music [Original London Cast]

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DATE: June 1961, the London production of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's final musical, The Sound of Music, opened on May 18, 1961, and was an even bigger hit than its Broadway counterpart, running 2,385 performances, until January 14, 1967, which made it the longest running West End production of a Broadway musical, a record that still stood 30 years later. This success came despite the lack of well-known names in the cast. Jean Bayless starred as Maria, the postulant who becomes the wife of Captain von Trapp in 1930s Austria and helps turn his large family into a singing group, the role originated on Broadway by Mary Martin. The cast album made it evident that Bayless had listened carefully to Martin's interpretation, though she came off as a bit more formal and stagy, more, well, British than her predecessor. Nevertheless, she gave a winning performance matched by Roger Dann's Captain von Trapp (though he was sometimes betrayed by his French accent). The cast album featured more dialogue than was heard on the Broadway LP (there could hardly have been less), especially on "Do-Re-Mi." Otherwise, the performances were similar, with the Broadway version naturally getting the nod. Originally released in the U.S. on Rod McKuen's Stanyan Records in 1972, the album was reissued at a discount price by LaserLight in 1995 in an abridged version that contained 11 tracks and ran 38:11. In 1997, Angel Records released the complete version at full price. It contained 17 tracks, including such songs as "The Lonely Goatherd," "No Way to Stop It," and "How Can Love Survive" that had been omitted from the LaserLight album.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:27
feat: Jean Bayless
3 3:21
4 2:57
5 6:33
6 3:53
7 3:27
feat: Children
9 3:06
10 1:44
11 3:37
12 3:02
13 4:04
feat: Ensemble
15 2:20
16 2:32
17 1:40
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