The Sound of Music
Uk Tour: booking until 29th October 2016
Photo: Mark Yeoman
A new and fresh adaptation of the original Rogers and Hammerstein musical. This world-renowned production, which tells the heart-warming story of the Von-Trapp family during the Second World War features the much loved songs Do-Re-Mi, My Favourite Things, and So Long, Farewell. The show still has all of the beloved music and script from the original production, yet with a refreshing touch which gives this timeless story the sensation of a brand new show.
Lucy O’Byrne, runner up on televisions ‘The Voice UK’ played the leading role of Maria Rainer and slipped into the role effortlessly. Her on-stage chemistry with Andrew Lancel- Captain Von Trapp was both convincing, and beautiful. Lucy Van Grasse gave an excellent performance of the classy Elsa Schraeder. I was impressed by the extraordinary clarity of her voice. With regards to the seven talented youngsters playing the Von Trapp children, each child gave a fantastic performance, and really made the roles their own.
I must admit that I knew very little of this cast before I saw the show, but the minute Lucy O’Byrne appeared on stage and began to sing the famous song Sound of Music at the beginning of the show, I sat back in my seat and knew that the night would be very special.
The whole cast was of five-star quality, however it was Jan Hartley, who played Mother Abbess that earned one of the biggest cheers at the end of act 1, and again at the end of the show. Quite rightly so, for her rendition of Climb Ev’ry Mountain sent shivers down my spine and gave me goosebumps, as I’m sure it did for many of the audience.
The atmosphere in the theatre demonstrated how popular this timeless show is. It was heart-warming to see an audience of all ages, all of whom this story meant something different to. It was also wonderful to hear people in the rows behind me singing and humming along to the iconic songs. By the time the cast were taking their final bows, there was not a single person in the entire audience that was not on the their feet. It really goes to show that it is classics such as this which really live on, and when told through such talented people, it is easy to see why.