By Robert Simonson
and Sean McGrath
04 Feb 1999
Broadway's The Sound of Music will have its third Captain Von Trapp on Mar. 10, when Richard Chamberlain joins the cast. Michael Siberry was the first, opening the revival March 12, 1998; he was replaced by the current Von Trapp, Dennis Parlato, Nov. 4, 1998. Chamberlain will take over for a 17-week NY stint followed by a national tour.
Also joining the cast at that time will be Laura Benanti as Maria Rainer. She will replace Rebecca Luker, who originated the role of Maria in the current revival. Another addition to the cast is Lenny Wolpe as Max Detweiler. Furthermore, Jeanne Lehman will assume the part of the Mother Abbess on Feb. 2.
Richard Chamberlain's last Broadway role was in another golden-age musical, My Fair Lady, opposite Melissa Errico. The "Shogun" star is also well-known in theatre circles for a show that never made it to a Broadway opening night: Bob Merrill's Breakfast At Tiffany's, with Mary Tyler Moore, Sally Kellerman and Larry Kert.
Parlato is a Broadway veteran of She Loves Me, Chess, and A Chorus Line.
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.