The Sound Of Music

The Sound Of Music at the Palace Theatre March 2018

The Sound Of Music is definitely one of my all time favourite musicals. I am a huge musical fan and I try to get to the theatre as often as possible.

The Sound Of Music always reminds me of my Grandparents and growing up. We would listen to the music on their record player as children way before I ever watched the film. So as you can imagine, I was over the moon to be invited to The Palace to see the show, and wow, what a show!

It was obvious from looking at the audience, the show is loved by all ages from all over the world!

I have seen The Sound Of Music before but this new production was different! There were a few new songs and some slight differences to the film. Maria was played by Lucy O’Byrne, runner up from BBC’s The Voice, was just as incredible as Julie Andrews!

Captain Von Trapp was played by Neil McDermott, a regular in Eastenders. He had a great voice and sand Edelweiss beautifully towards the end. Unlike the film production, it took me a while to warm to the Captain and I can’t quite put my finger on why.

Some of my favourite scenes where the ones with the children, these scenes had everything including singing and dancing but also the cute factor with Gretel. The children’s performance was flawless and amazing especially for such young actors.

I will definitely have to write about the dancing as it was superb. Another favourite scene of mine was when Liesl and Rolf dance in the rain singing ‘Sixteen Going On Seventeen’. The dancing was spectacular and I was in awe.

The audience was overwhelmed with the Mother Abbess, played by Michelle Llewellyn, especially when see sang ‘Climb Every Mountain’. She has an incredible voice and it felt like she took the roof off the Palace at one point!

The set and stage scenery was also fantastic, it took you immediately from the convent to the Captains house then right into the mountains in seconds. The grand staircase for the children to sing ‘So Long, Farewell’ take pride place as well on set, whereas the swastikas hang in some of the final scenes, highlighting the darker side of the story.

Overall, I would say it was a fantastic performance by all, an amazing set and I loved it!

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