Sound of Music Will Close on June 27; More Closings to Come?

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The Broadway revival of The Sound of Music will close on June 27 at the Martin Beck Theatre. It will have played 39 previews and 540 performances.

The Broadway revival of The Sound of Music will close on June 27 at the Martin Beck Theatre. It will have played 39 previews and 540 performances.

The Sound of Music opened Mar. 12, 1998 and celebrated its first anniversary with a new cast: Richard Chamberlain and Laura Benanti, who both went in Mar. 10.

Chamberlain is the revival's third Captain Von Trapp. Michael Siberry was the first, followed by Dennis Parlato, who arrived Nov. 4, 1998. Chamberlain takes over for a 17-week NY stint followed by a national tour, where he will be joined by Meg Tolin as Maria.

As for the New York cast, Laura Benanti is the new Maria Rainer, replacing Rebecca Luker, who originated the revival role. Another addition to the cast is Lenny Wolpe as Max Detweiler. Furthermore, Jeanne Lehman assumed the part of the Mother Abbess Feb. 2.

The 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical tells the story of a singing would-be nun who transforms the lives of an Austrian widower submarine captain and his seven children through the power of goodness and song. She abandons the convent life to become the captain's wife -- just as the Nazi anschluss makes him a prime target for drafting into the German navy. Songs include the title tune, "Edelweiss," "My Favorite Things," "The Lonely Goatherd" and "Something Good." For tickets and information on The Sound Of Music at the Martin Beck Theatre call (212) 239-6200.

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Shuttering of other Broadway shows may be imminent. The National Actors Theatre's Night Must Fall has already announced a closing date of June 27. Furthermore, sources have Martin McDonaugh's The Lonesome West ending its run soon, while Tennessee Williams' Not About Nightingales may end its stay on Broadway before its planned June 27 closing date. Spokespersons for these shows could not confirm these reports.

The Lonesome West came away empty-handed from Monday's Tony ceremony. Nightingales claimed an award for set design, but failed to win the bigger prize of best play.

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