Project Description

The Sound of Music (Broadway)

The Sound of Music (Broadway & Tour)

The Sound of Music with music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II with additional lyrics by Richard Rodgers and a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, suggested by “The Trapp Family Singers” by Maria Augusta Trapp, opened on Broadway on March 12, 1998 and closed on June 20, 1999 at the Martin Beck Theatre

Produced by Hallmark Entertainment, Thomas Viertel, Steven Baruch, Richard Frankel and Jujamcyn Theaters (James H. Binger: Chairman; Rocco Landesman: President; Paul Libin: Producing Director; Jack Viertel: Creative Director); Produced in association with The Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization, Charles Kelman Productions, Inc., Simone Genatt Haft, Marc Routh, Jay Binder and Robert Halmi, Jr.; Associate Producer: James D. Stern and PACE Theatrical Group, Inc.

Directed by Susan H. Schulman; Assistant Director: Terry Berliner; Choreographed by Michael Lichtefeld; Musical Director: Michael Rafter; Scenic Design by Heidi Ettinger; Costume Design by Catherine Zuber; Lighting Design by Paul Gallo;  Sound Design by Tony Meola; Hair and Wig Design by Paul Huntley; Music orchestrated by Bruce Coughlin; Dance arrangements snd Incidental music arranged by Jeanine Tesori; Original orchestrations by Robert Russell Bennett and Original Dance & Choral arrangements by Trude Rittman.

Starring Jeanne Lehman (Sister Margaretta), Gina Ferrall (Sister Berthe), Patti Cohenour (The Mother Abbess), Ann Brown (Sister Sophia), Rebecca Luker (Maria Rainer), Michael Siberry (Captain Georg von Trapp), John Curless (Franz), Patricia Conolly (Frau Schmidt), Sara Zelle (Liesl von Trapp), Ryan Hopkins (Friedrich von Trapp), Natalie Hall (Louisa von Trapp), Matthew Ballinger (Kurt von Trapp), Tracy Alison Walsh (Brigitta von Trapp), Andrea Bowen (Marta von Trapp), Ashley Rose Orr (Gretl von Trapp), Dashiell Eaves (Rolf Gruber), Lynn C. Pinto (Ursula), Jan Maxwell (Elsa Schraeder), Fred Applegate (Max Detweiler), Timothy Landfield (Herr Zeller), Gannon McHale (Baron Elberfeld), Martha Hawley (Baroness Elberfeld), Laura Benanti (A New Postulant), Reno Roop (Admiral Van Schreiber); Neighbors and Servants of Captain von Trapp, Novices, Postulants, Priests, Clerics, Nazis, and Contestants in the Festival Concert: Anne Allgood, Joan Barber, Laura Benanti, Ann Brown, Patricia Conolly, Gina Ferrall, Natalie Hall, Martha Hawley, Kelly Cae Hogan, Siri Howard, Matt Loney, Patricia Phillips, Lynn C. Pinto, Reno Roop, Kristie Dale Sanders, Ben Sheaffer and Sara Zelle

Major replacements included Laura Benanti (Maria Rainer), Richard Chamberlain (Captain Georg von Trapp)

Swings: Tad Ingram, Betsi Morrison and Margaret Shafer

Standby: Timothy Landfield (Captain Georg von Trapp)

Understudies included: Anne Allgood (Sister Margaretta), Joan Barber (Sister Berthe), Laura Benanti (Maria Rainer), Nora Blackall (Brigitta von Trapp, Louisa von Trapp), Marissa Gould (Gretl von Trapp, Marta von Trapp), Martha Hawley (Frau Schmidt), Kelly Cae Hogan (Elsa Schraeder), Siri Howard (Liesl von Trapp), Tad Ingram (Max Detweiler, Franz, Herr Zeller, Baron Elberfeld, Admiral von Schreiber), Jeanne Lehman (The Mother Abbess), Matt Loney (Captain Georg von Trapp, Herr Zeller), Gannon McHale (Max Detweiler), Betsi Morrison (Maria Rainer, Sister Sophia, Ursula, Baroness Elberfeld, A Postulant), Lynn C. Pinto (Sister Sophia), Lou Taylor Pucci (Friedrich von Trapp, Kurt von Trapp), Reno Roop (Franz), Kristie Dale Sanders (Elsa Schraeder), Margaret Shafer (Sister Margaretta, A Postulant, Baroness Elberfeld, Ursula) and Ben Sheaffer (Rolf Gruber)

Associate Choreographer: Joe Bowerman; Associate Scenic Design: Richard Jaris and Wade Laboissonniere; Assistant Scenic Design: Judy Gailen and Fabio Toblini; Associate Lighting Design: Philip Rosenberg and David Weiner; Associate Auto. Light Programmer: Paul J. Sonnleitner; Assistant Lighting Design: Paul D. Miller; Assistant Sound Design: Kai Harada and Assistant. to the Choreographer: Melissa Rae Mahon

Production Manager: Peter Fulbright; Production Supervisor: Beverley Randolph; Stage Manager: Ira Mont; Assistant Stage Manager: Thom Widmann and Joe Bowerman; Technical Supervisor: Tech Production Services, Inc., Elliot Bertoni, Robert Shuck and Peter Ruen; Dance Captain: Joe Bowerman; General Manager: Richard Frankel Productions and Laura Green; Company Manager: Kathy Lowe; Casting: Jay Binder; Press Representative: Cromarty and Company; Advertising: Serino Coyne, Inc.; Marketing: TMG Marketing & Publicity; Online Marketing by Toby Simkin / BuyBroadway; Dialect Coach: Deborah Hecht; Promotions: Scott Walton Communications, Scott Walton, Kathi Iannacone and Leanne Schanzer Promotions;

Musical Coordinator: John Miller; Conducted by Michael Rafter; Associate Conductor: Steven Tyler; Assistant Conductor: James Baker; Violin: Elizabeth Lim-Dutton, Karl Kawahara, Krystof Witek and Karen Milne; Viola: Maxine Roach; Cello: Adam Grabois and Sarah Seiver; Bass: Bill Ellison; Woodwind: Helen Campo, Rick Heckman, Jon Manasse, Robert Ingliss and Don McGeen; Trumpet: Carl Albach and John Dent; Trombone: Dick Clark; Bass Trombone / Tuba: Matthew Ingman; Guitar / Mandolin / Zither / Autoharp: Scott Kuney; French Horn: Javier Gandara and Leise Anschuetz Paer; Keyboard / Accordian: Steven Tyler; Percussion: James Baker

Sound of Music 1998 Broadway CDIn addition to the online marketing for both the Broadway and national tour (starring Richard Chamberlain), I also worked with Bill Rosenfield of RCA Victor on a special exclusive behind the scenes of the making of the cast recording.

As Founder and CEO of and  The pioneer in moving the Broadway industry onto the internet. Press branded me as “Toby is the man pushing theatre, kicking and screaming, into cyberspace.” The Broadway theatre supersite Buy Broadway OnlineWhat started in 1989 as a Broadway industry service called