Richard Chamberlain joined "The Sound Of Music" a year after the revival opened to mixed reviews on Broadway at the Martin Beck Theatre (W45th and 8th Ave.). With the addition of Richard, and by cast changes including a new leading lady the show improved. Richard plays the part of Captain von Trapp and Laura Benanti, a real-life 19-year old who's lovely to look at and full of talent, plays Maria. Meg Tolin took over the part of Maria on Wednesday and Sunday afternoons. The show went on a forty week national tour around the U.S.A. with Meg Tolin as Maria.

Richard makes his first appearance about 10 minutes from the start. The house frontage rolls forward from the back, there is a large French window with two doors opening onto a terrace from which six steps lead down to the front of the stage. The doors are flung open and Richard steps forward onto the terrace. He comes down the steps and gives three loud blasts on a whistle that is hanging around his neck, which are answered by his butler coming in from the side door of the building. After this he appears a lot on stage throughout the performance. At the end of the performance Richard and Laura come on together to take their bow, and the cast gathers around the family and they all sing the chorus from "The Sound Of Music" and then the curtain drops.

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Laura Benanti at the stage door

Richard Chamberlain at the stage door

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Richard Chamberlain, Meg Tolin and family singing "The Sound Of Music"

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Richard Chamberlain and Meg Tolin

Richard Chamberlain at the stage door

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The Sound Of Music
Musical Numbers

Act I
Preludium Mother Abbess, Sisters Margaretta, Berthe & Sophia, All Nuns, Novices, & Postulants
The Sound of Music Maria
Maria Mother Abbess, Sisters Margaretta, Berthe & Sophia
I Have Confidence Maria
Do-Re-Mi Maria, Liesl, Fredrich, Louisa, Kurt, Brigitta, Marta & Gretl
Sixteen Going on Seventeen Rolf & Liesl
My Favorite Things Maria & The Children
How Can Love Survive? Max & Elsa
Reprise: The Sound Of Music Captain von Trapp, The Children & Maria
Laendler Orchestra
So Long, Farewell The Children
Morning Hymn Mother Abbess, All Nuns, Novices & Postulants
Climb Evíry Mountain Mother Abbess

Act II
Opening Act II Max & The Children
No Way To Stop It Elsa, Max & Captain von Trapp
Something Good Maria & Captain von Trapp
Wedding Processional Mother Abbess, All Nuns, Novices & Postulants
Reprise: Sixteen Going On Seventeen Maria & Liesl
The Lonely Goatherd Maria, Captain von Trapp & The Children
Edelweiss Captain von Trapp, Maria & The Children
Reprise: So Long, Farewell Maria, Captain von Trapp & The Children
Finale Ultimo Mother Abbess, All Nuns, Novices & Postulants

"The Sound Of Music"
Year 2000 Tour Dates
04/01/00 - 09/01/00 Palm Beach
11/01/00 - 23/01/00 Philadelphia
25/01/00 - 30/012/00 Greensboro
01/02/00 - 06/02/00 St Louis
08/02/00 - 13/02/00 Newark
15/02/00 - 27/02/00 Chicago
29/02/00 - 05/03/00 Los Angeles
07/03/00 - 12/03/00 San Diego
14/03/00 - 19/03/00 Tempe
21/03/00 - 02/04/00 Costa Mesa
04/04/00 - 09/04/00 Portland
11/04/23 - 23/04/00 Seattle
25/04/00 - 30/04/00 Denver
01/05/00 - 14/05/00 San Francisco
16/05/00 - 21/05/00 Detroit
23/05/00 - 28/05/00 Raleigh

Please note the dates are in the U.K. format i.e. dd/mm/yy