The Sound Of Music at New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

by Julie Wallis twitter.com/nicenic63

The Sound Of Music at New Alexandra Theatre

The Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, The Sound Of Music is at The New Alexandra theatre all this week and it is wonderful!

The story of Maria the singing governess to the seven Von Trapp children, who use their time in a concert to escape the Nazis is probably well known to everyone. The three hour movie is shown almost every Christmas. Last night’s performance did not last three hours, but it does stay true to the film.

Sound of Music photo by Pamela Raith
Sound of Music photo by Pamela Raith

This stage version starts with Maria singing The Sound Of Music, ends with the Von Trapp children singing So Long, Farewell and includes Sixteen Going on Seventeen, Do-Re-Mi, My Favourite Things, The Lonely Goatherd and a very powerful Climb Every Mountain. I loved it!

Staring Lucy O’Byrne in the role of Maria, Neil McDermott as Captain Von Trapp and Megan Llewellyn as Mother Abbess, the cast are phenomenal!

Sound of Music photo by Pamela Raith
Sound of Music photo by Pamela Raith

I adored Miss O’Byrne as Maria, her voice is just so perfectly suited to the part of Maria, she really did make the entire night a joy to behold. The same must be said for Neil McDermott as Captain Von Trapp, when he talks his voice is wonderfully husky and he plays his part really well too. I was blown away by Miss Llewellyn’s rendition of Climb Every Mountain, it really does raise the roof and if there was any cobwebs to clear, I’m sure this powerful singer could do that too.

Of course The Sound Of Music is as famous for the Von Trapp children as it is for the songs. Last night’s children didn’t disappoint at all, there are three children cast as each of the Von Trapp children so a different cast is on each night. The children who were on stage last night were all charming in their roles.

Sound of Music photo by Pamela Raith
Sound of Music photo by Pamela Raith

Plenty of set changes means the audience really do move from the Austrian mountains from the convent to the Von Trapp house and back again. I thought the sets were lovely. Somehow the stage seems bigger and accommodated the alps well last night. When the Von Trapp family are performing at the Kaltzberg festival and the backdrop is graced with four banners each decorated with a swastika I found this unnerving and it did add to the drama even though I knew the final outcome.

The costumes are all magnificent too. Alongside nuns, nazis, the Von Trapp children go through a wide variety of outfits which includes the play clothes made from curtains, the sailors suits and traditional lederhosen for the Kaltzberg festival.

Sound of Music photo by Pamela Raith
Sound of Music photo by Pamela Raith

The Sound Of Music really is a heartwarming story that makes for a wonderful stage show and it’s even better when you remember that it’s based on true life events and it’s a great start to the new year.

The Sound of Music is at the New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham until Saturday 20th January. Book tickets here: atgtickets.com/shows/the-sound-of-music/new-alexandra-theatre-birmingham/


Regular #BrumHour guest blogger Julie was invited to see The Sound of Music by The New Alexandra Theatre for #BrumHour. This isn’t a sponsored post and Julie is a HUGE musical lover!

Julie Blogs as RedandGoldWeb here: redandgoldweb.wordpress.com

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