CD96079 The Sound of Music (Martin, Bikel, Neway, Kasznar, Marlowe)
Here's a re-upload of this audience recording of the original production of THE
SOUND OF MUSIC. It seems to have been recorded from very close to the stage,
possibly from the first row. This recording is said to document Mary Martin's
final performance in the production (Oct. 7, 1961), which was also Patricia
Neway's final performance.
As for the rest of the cast, it's easy to recognize the voices of Theodore Bikel
(Captain von Trapp), Patricia Neway (Mother Abbess), Kurt Kasznar (Max), Marion
Marlowe (Elsa), Lauri Peters (Liesl), and John Randoph (Franz), who were all
still in the show at the time. It's uncertain who is playing Rolf on this
recording. As far as I can tell, the original conductor, Frederick Dvonch, was
still conducting the production.
The first time I posted this recording, an OperaShare member emailed me to say
that Thedore Bikel had told him that the Rolf on this recording was Jon Voight,
who replaced the original Rolf, Brian Davies, and was probably the understudy at
the time. Despite that, I'm not 100-percent certain that it is Jon Voight here
as it doesn't sound to me like Jon Voight (and Davies was still officially in
the show at the time). I think that it actually may be Davies as Rolf in this
performance, even though whoever is heard here as Rolf doesn't sound especially
similar to Davies on the cast recording of the production. But listening to
Davies on the original cast recording of A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO
THE FORUM, recorded seven months after this performance, has led me to think
that it just may be him on this live SOUND OF MUSIC. But I'm not sure. Clearly,
what Bikel said has to be taken into account.
Credits for the original production can be found at
Given the age of this recording, the sound is extremely good (apart from
occasional distortion in loud passages) once you get past the first few minutes,
which have a slightly odd sound, possibly because of the sound design for the
Previously, I'd uploaded this at 192, but this time I've uploaded it in Apple
Lossless (VBRs in the upper 400s and lower 500s):
Click below to hear a sample of this recording. The product you receive will be better quality than what you see and hear below.