Review: The Sound of Music Musical

Sound of Music © 2015 DIP/COS, PC James Morgan
Sound of Music © 2015 DIP/COS, PC James Morgan
Sponsored by Nuffnang

“Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens, brown paper packages tied up with strings, these are a few of my favorite things”

This acclaimed production of the legendary Rodgers and Hammerstein musical premiered in 2006 at the home of West End musical theatre, the London Palladium, where it celebrated a record-breaking 954 performances seen by well over 2 million people.

Maria (Amy Lehpamer) is a free-spirited young Austrian woman studying to become a nun at the Nonnberg Abbey. Her love of music and the mountains is the opening scene as Amy sings with sense of liberation and enthusiasm. Such a canny resemblance in her voice to Dame Julie Andrews.

I must admit, I have met and seen Amy perform on other musical stage productions and her voice is outstanding.

“Amy is resilient and sings in full voice, and I have never met a singer with kind of stamina” Jacqueline Dark who plays Mother Abbess agree with me.

As the scene changes from the mountains to the Abbey, we are blessed by Mother Abbess and her nuns singing Overture and Preludium to Dixit Dominus. However it is the moment when Mother Abbess sings an incredible performance at the end of Act 1. “Climb ev’ry Mountain” was the stand out song and every rose from their seats and was swept away. Yes, even I shed a small tear – with her operatic experience her voice carried far and wide.

Cameron Daddo as Captain Georg von Trapp, starring alongside Marina Prior as Baroness Schraeder, Lorraine Bayly as the adorable housekeeper Frau Schmidt, Philip Dodd as  the military butler Franz, David James as Max Detweiler and Stephanie Jones as Liesl von Trapp.

The von Trapp kids were delightful to watch, it was the right amount of vocal talent and playfulness that makes your remember from the movie. I moment where the children are crying out for attention through singing and to bring love back into the home with the Captain (the father). Each of the kids individual character were clearly shown. From the moment Maria introduces “Do-Re-Mi” and “So long, farewell”. Liesl von Trapp (Stefanie Jones) and Rolf Gruber (Du Toit Bredenkamp) reminds all of us when we were “sixteen going on seventeen” as her character felt the battle for independence.

I thought Jeremy Sams’ and Gavin Mitfords’ direction gave new life to the well known and much loved story and choreographed by Arlene Phillips.

Following its record-breaking run at the London Palladium, the world’s best-loved musical, THE SOUND OF MUSIC is now playing in Sydney and coming soon to Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide! This lavish and critically acclaimed production tells the uplifting true story of the von Trapp family’s flight across the mountains and works its magic, for young and old alike.

Now showing at the Capitol Theatre, Sydney, until the 13 December 2015. If you haven’t booked your tickets yet, call the box office or visit online to secure your tickets. Perfect for the whole family to enjoy, even get dressed up and liven the spirits of the cast.

Bookings: or phone 1300 111 011, groups 12+ 1300 889 278

When I’m feeling sad, I simply remember my favorite singers, and then I don’t feel… soo bad.

Thank you Nuffnag for a wonderful night and to the amazing cast for a performance I will remember for long time.

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