14-19 September 2015
Reviewed by Linzi Davies
Let’s start at the very beginning, it’s a very good place to start! I’ve just got home from watching the stage show of one of my all times favourite films as a child and to be fair it is difficult to find enough superlatives that could actually begin to even justify how amazing it was. From the the opening scenes, captured inside the beautiful architecture of the Abbey to the closing vision of the Von Trapp family escaping to safety across the mountains it was truly mesmeric, captivating, majestic, moving and endearing.
The story for those who haven’t seen it before is based loosely upon a true tale. A young Maria finds herself romanticising about becoming a nun at the famous abbey and although the realism doesn’t quite match her dreams, she does try to give it her best shot before the decision is made that Maria needs to find her true niche and leave the Abbey for a short period of time in order to achieve that. Her path leads her to the Von Trapp household where she becomes Governess to Baron Von Trapp’s seven children following the death of their mother and the resignation of numerous other carers. Maria slowly and gently breaks down the Baron’s icy walls and brings song back into the household much to the delight of the children.
The Von Trapp children when introduced quickly became friends of the audience, their childhood innocence portrayed wonderfully on the stage and their voices sing in perfect harmony throughout a series of well recognised songs such as, Do-Re-Mi, Sixteen going on Seventeen and So Long, Farewell to name a few. A special mention here to Grace Chapman who played the eldest daughter Liesl, an amazingly beautiful voice, a delight to listen too. Maria after discovering her love for the children’s father returned to the Abbey ashamed of her feelings and fighting the urge to herself be happy. This led to a conversation with Mother Abbess during which Climb Every Mountain was sang. The haunting performance for me, was the highlight of the show. Every hair on my body stood up and goose pimples were raised it was simply fantastic. One of, if not the best live performances that I have ever witnessed in any stage show across a number of countries that I have visited. Take a bow Jan Hartley.
One of, if not the best live performances that I have ever witnessed in any stage show across a number of countries that I have visited.
The consequent romance between the Baron and Elsa was always destined to fail on the return of Maria who decided to be honest with the Baron. A wonderful wedding followed before the family performed and won the Salzburg Music Festival in 1936. The family were then forced to flee Nazi rule across the mountains into Switzerland.
From start to finish, this musical encompassed me. The set scenery was amazing, the scene changes seemless. Every second screamed professionalism. I just absolutely loved it. The show is running until Saturday 19th September and I would definitely recommend watching it if you have the opportunity.
Tickets cost from £13.15 to £49.15 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
The Sound of Music is a the Liverpool Empire until 19 September 2015. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 8713017.
Liverpool Empire Theatre, Lime Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 1JE | 0844 8713017