Review: The Sound of Music at the Mayflower (22/01/15)

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A triumphant and engaging performance featuring some of the best loved songs in musical theatre.

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The brand new production of The Sound of Music is currently showing in Southampton on the second stop of its 2015 UK tour.

2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the much loved film version starring Julie Andrews but it’s clear the musical production is as popular as ever. It’s widely recognised as a firm family favourite; the show played to a packed auditorium comprising children and adults alike.

Danielle Hope, winner of BBC’s Over the Rainbow takes on the iconic role of Maria. She made the role her own and gave a truly superb performance. Every one of the production’s memorable songs was delivered triumphantly and it was clear that playing this role meant a lot to Hope. Her triumphant rendition of the unforgettable title song ‘The Sound of Music’ was definitely a highlight of the show.

Equally impressive was Stephen Houghton, who played Captain Von Trapp. With just the right amount of sternness at the beginning of the show, Houghton successfully captured the progression of the character from a strict, aloof father to a doting and loving family man.

Jan Hartley, known for her work in the West End, opera, television and radio, gave a stand out performance as Mother Abbess. She was firm when she had to be but equally treated Maria with kindness and sensitivity.
Hartley’s powerful rendition of ‘Climb Evr’y Mountain’ was spectacular and even moved some members of the audition to tears.

Additionally, the performers playing the Von Trapp family must also be recognised for their incredibly impressive performances. The children brought comedic moments and effectively illustrated different challenges faced in childhood and adolescence, such as Gretl trying cope with being the youngest and Liesl navigating her first teenage crush. The performers received a special round of applause for their sheer hard work. 

This was a truly outstanding performance which brought the audience to their feet in a standing ovation.

Don’t miss your opportunity to see this production while it’s in Southampton (running until the 31st of January). Visit the Mayflower theatre website for details and to purchase tickets.

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