The Sound of Music is one of my very favourite musicals - and if you’ve watched the movie multiple times (and recently) then I have to admit it is a little hard to shake the memory of what you have seen on the (in my case, big) screen.
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The stage production is not identical to the movie. This is not a bad thing at all - but for a film lover like me it took me by surprise (and slightly distracted me). There is no major stray from the storyline, I am merely talking about small edits and a slightly different order to the songs (and two extra songs that don't appear in the movie). The stage production has remained faithful to the original score (not the movie adaptation) - and is also a little kinder to the character of Rolf.
It's a wonderful story, the singing is sublime and the children are fabulous!
There are many underlying morels to the story - dealing with fears, sticking up for what you believe in, finding self confidence and so on.
Along with the beautiful orchestral accompaniment the singing was flawless, particular highlights including the von Trapp children and Jacqueline Dark, who plays Mother Abbess.
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If you were going to be critical I felt the character of Maria was at times a little stilted - but perhaps it was meant to be a slightly awkward interpretation of Maria. The other characters overall felt natural and believable - and the children delivered their lines beautifully.
The Sound Of Music is a big show - there is a lot of material to cover and also a lot of music to experience. The stage production does keep a cracking pace and covers all the story in 2.5 hours - there are only a few moments of more quiet reflection, and these are welcome!
While I might have missed the goosebump moments that the movie offers in its dramatic opening scene - the stage show is a completely different type of experience and it really was delightful experiencing so much talent and revisiting a tale I love dearly.
What do you need to know about the Melbourne production?
Following its record-breaking run at the London Palladium, the world’s best-loved musical, THE SOUND OF MUSIC is now playing Melbourne. 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.
Returning to the stage in the role of Captain von Trapp is the multi-talented CAMERON DADDO. Starring alongside Cameron are many of Australia’s favourite stage performers; MARINA PRIOR in the role of the Baroness Schraeder, LORRAINE BAYLY as Frau Schmidt, JACQUI DARK as Mother Abbess, and joining them in the coveted role of Maria is one of Australia’s newest and most outstanding award-winning musical theatre stars, AMY LEHPAMER (Once, Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show and Rock of Ages).
With its unforgettable score, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s THE SOUND OF MUSIC touches the hearts of all ages and brims over with some of the most memorable songs ever performed on the musical stage including My Favorite Things, Do-Re-Mi, Climb Ev’ry Mountain, The Lonely Goatherd, Sixteen Going on Seventeen, and of course the glorious title song The Sound of Music. It’s the perfect family treat!
When: until 17 July 2016. The production is 2 hours 35min long with a 20min interval.
Where: Regent Theatre, 191 Collins street MELBOURNE
Cost: $79.90 - $129.90, click here to book.
Kate Nelson publishes www.meetoo.com.au a collection of reviews and ideas for families which children aged 0-12 living in Melbourne. You can usually find Kate on Instagram at @meetookids spamming photos of her coffee or her kids.