1960s Shows


The Sound of Music

"The Sound of Music" is a musical with music and lyrics by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. It is based on Maria von Trapp's memoir, "The Story of the Trapp Family Singers". The Broadway show opened at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater on November 16, 1959 and starred Mary Martin as Maria and Theodore Bikel as the Captain.

Bye Bye Birdie

"Bye Bye Birdie" is a musical inspired by Elvis Presley getting into the army in 1957. The musical opened on April 14, 1960 at the Martin Beck Theater, and starred Dick Van Dyke as Albert, Chita Rivera as Rosie and Susan Watson as Kim. There was a film version in 1963 starring Dick Van Dyke (reprising his Broadway role as Albert) and Ann-Margaret as Kim and a 1995 television version starring Jason Alexander as Albert, Vanessa Williams as Rosie and Chynna Phillips as Kim.


"Oliver!" is a British musical with book, music and lyrics by Lionel Bart. The show premiered in the West End in 1960 and moved to Broadway at the Imperial Theater in 1963. Michael Goodman played the Artful Dodger in the pre-Broadway tour, but on Broadway he was replaced by future Monkee Davy Jones.

Fiddler on the Roof

"Fiddler on the Roof" is a musical with a book by Joseph Stein, music by Jerry Bock, and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick. It opened on September 22, 1964 at the Imperial Theater and starred Zero Mostel as Tevye. A revival opened in 2004 and starred Alfred Molina and later Harvey Fierstein as Tevye.


"Hair" is a rock musical with music by Galt MacDermot and book and lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni. The show debuted Off-Broadway in 1967 at Joseph Papp's Public Theater and moved to Broadway in 1968 at the Biltmore Theater.