Reviewed by Catherine Brown
The Sound of Music, the most successful movie musical in history, has returned with many of the previous cast for another UK tour and is currently showing at Birmingham’s New Alexandra Theatre. Originally inspired by the real-life Trapp Family Singers, with Bill Kenwright as producer and music and lyrics by Rodgers and Hammerstein, the stage version is just as magical as the 1965 film many will be familiar with.
The widow Captain von Trapp (Neil McDermott) requires a governess for his seven children. Maria (Lucy O’Byrne) is sent by Mother Abbess and begins to use music to win over the hearts of both the children and their father. Set in Austria during the start of WWII, the couple’s budding romance is challenged as their beloved country is facing the rise of the Nazi party. Music and the mountains come to their rescue with recognisable songs such as ‘Do-Re-Mi’, ‘My Favourite Things’ and ‘So Long, Farewell’.
The musical talent of the whole cast was outstanding with particular recognition going to Megan Llewellyn as Mother Abbess. While I was initially surprised by the casting of Neil McDermott as Georg, he manages to lose the bad boy image from his time as Ryan in EastEnders and transforms into a well-meaning father who has to be taught how to parent. The young children in the cast were also impressive, never missing a beat with some tricky choreography.
The theatre is located in Birmingham city centre and is easily accessible with plenty of parking nearby. We were welcomed into the Piano Bar before the show, which is a spacious area to relax with a drink and chat to friends. It was possible to pre-order drinks for the interval using a phone app.
I found ‘The Sound of Music’ to be thoroughly entertaining and the quality of the performances, both acting and musically was excellent. I would give this charming show a 5/5 rating.
Tickets cost from £20.40 to £60.90 (plus £4 transaction fee).
The Sound of Music is at the New Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham from 16-20 January 2018, for more information or to book tickets visit www.atgtickets.com/birmingham or call the box office on 0844 871 3011.
New Alexandra Theatre, Suffolk Queensway, Birmingham, West Midlands, B5 4DS