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Patricia Neway

( b. Sep 30, 1919 Brooklyn, New York, USA - d. Jan 24, 2012 Vermont, USA ) Female

Patricia Neway won the Tony Award for her role as the Mother Abbess in the original Broadway production of The Sound of Music.

As the wise Mother Abbess, counsel to the wavering postulant Maria, Ms. Neway got to sing the inspirational ballad "Climb Every Mountain" at the close of the first act. She also musically wondered, along with the other nuns, how to solve a problem like "Maria."

Ms. Neway's other Broadway credits, mainly in the operatic vein, included The Consul, La Vie Parisienne, The Rape of Lucretia and Maria Golovin.

She studied singing at the Mannes College of Music and later with tenor Morris Gesell, whom she eventually married. A striking figure, standing six feet tall with strong angular facial features, she made her Broadway debut while still a student as a member of the chorus in a 1942 production of Jacques Offenbach's La Vie Parisienne.

In 1948, she returned to Broadway to portray the Female Chorus in Benjamin Britten's The Rape of Lucretia at the Ziegfeld Theatre. Two years later, Ms. Neway received rave reviews as Magda Sorel, a frustrated woman trying to get in to see a man about a visa, in the world premiere of Gian Carlo Menotti's Cold War-era opera The Consul, one of the few operas composed specifically for the theatre. The opera debuted at the Shubert Theatre in Philadelphia. The production then went to the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on Broadway, where it ran for 269 performances. Neway would also re-create her role in the original London and Paris productions and in a European tour.

In 1964, she performed the role of Lady Thiang in The King and I at Lincoln Center.

Most of her work, though, was in the opera, and she sang at such houses and festivals as Op�ra-Comique, in Paris; Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy; and the San Francisco Opera. Ms. Neway sang in numerous productions at the New York City Opera, including the debut of Six Characters in Search of an Author, sharing the stage with Beverly Sills.

Source: Playbill

ProductionsDate of Productions
The Sound of Music
[Musical, Drama, Original]
  • Also Starring: Patricia Neway [The Mother Abbess]
Nov 16, 1959 - Jun 15, 1963
Maria Golovin
[Musical, Drama, Original]
  • Performer: Patricia Neway [Mother]
Nov 05, 1958 - Nov 08, 1958
The Consul
[Musical, Drama, Opera, Original]
  • Performer: Patricia Neway [Magda Sorel]
Mar 15, 1950 - Nov 04, 1950
The Rape of Lucretia
[Musical, Opera, Original]
  • Performer: Patricia Neway [The female chorus]
Dec 29, 1948 - Jan 15, 1949
La Vie Parisienne
[Musical, Comedy, Opera, Original]
  • Performer: Patricia Neway [Chorus]
Nov 10, 1942 - Dec 07, 1942
1960 Tony Award® Best Featured Actress in a Musical
winner The Sound of Music [winner]
Also Starring: Patricia Neway
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