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Review: The Sound of Music at Theatre Severn

The Sound of Music is starring Lucy O'Byrne as Maria. Photo: Mark Yeoman
The Sound of Music is starring Lucy O’Byrne as Maria. Photo: Mark Yeoman

One of the greatest musicals of all time ‘The Sound of Music’ is entertaining audiences at Theatre Severn until Saturday 11 June and it’s a production not to miss.

For those of you unfamiliar with the musical, its origins lie with the Trapp Family Singers and Baroness Maria von Trapp’s 1949 autobiography. Her remarkable story inspired the Broadway musical, which tells the story of the world-famous singing family, from their romantic beginnings and search for happiness, to their thrilling escape to freedom as their beloved Austria becomes part of the Third Reich at the start of WWII.

The unforgettable score features some of the most memorable songs ever performed on stage, including ‘Edelweiss’, ‘My Favorite Things’, ‘Do-Re-Mi’, ‘Climb Ev’ry Mountain’, ‘So Long, Farewell’ and of course, the title song, ‘The Sound of Music’.

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This latest incarnation of the classic musical has been produced by Bill Kenwright, and has been choreographed by Olivier Award winner Bill Deamer.

The show is the largest Theatre Severn has ever staged and we are told tickets are selling fast.

The Voice and award-nominated Lucy O’Byrne, is starring as Maria. Lucy became a household name when she shot to success in the TV talent show, The Voice and made history as the first classical singer to reach the final of the television talent show. Lucy shines in the role of Maria, her voice is captivating throughout the performance.

Andrew Lancel, known to many as super-villain Frank Foster in Coronation Street, a role that earned him a ‘Villain of the Year’ award at the British Soap Awards, plays Captain Von Trapp. A role Andrew accomplishes well. He’s also got a fine voice too.

Jan Hartley, who plays the Mother Abbess puts in a very strong performance, especially at the end of the first act as she sings climb Ev’ry Mountain. It really makes the hairs on the back of the neck stand up, the round of applause given by the audience showed just how much it touched everyone.

Joining Lucy and Andrew and Jan on stage are Duncan Smith (Max), Lucy Van Gasse (Baroness Elsa), Kane Verrall (Rolf), Annie Horn (Liesl), Alexander Evans (Herr Zeller) Zoe Ann Brown (Sister Margaretta), Kate Scott (Sister Berthe), Tammy Davies (Sister Sophia), Jude Neill (Ursula), Anouska Eaton (Baroness Elberfeld), Jon de Ville (Franz), Pippa Winslow (Frau Schmidt), Scott Ainslie (Admiral von Schreiber), Piers Bate (Baron Elberfeld) and Lewis Barnshaw. High praise is given to all for their performances.

The younger members of the Trapp Family also put in great performances and are a delight to watch.

The Sound of Music is at Theatre Severn until Saturday 11th June, tickets are available by contacting the Box Office on 01743 281 281 or by visiting www.theatresevern.co.uk.

An outstanding production of a much loved musical, a must see – shropshirelive.com

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