THE SOUND of Music has the perfect formula for a great night out – take a well-regarded and highly talented star in the form of Connie Fisher, mix with the silver fox Michael Praed to play her love interest, throw in a few cute children and faultless singers and dancers and out comes a brilliant musical.
Even audience members not familiar with The Sound of Music – although I imagine they were few and far between – were able to enjoy the many different dimensions to the story as the stars took to the stage at the Birmingham Hippodrome.
All seven of the Von Trapp played their parts brilliantly, with Connie interacting so well with them that they looked like they were genuinely enjoying their time in the spotlight, as well as being highly entertaining and adorable.
Although the cuteness factor was not the only thing they brought to the table, with almost flawless acting, singing and dancing from every one of them.
Whilst Connie lived up to the high expectations placed upon her after shooting to fame when Andrew Lloyd-Webber advertised for his Maria through the highly popular BBC television show ‘How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?’, the star performance of the night was not one of hers.
That title was awarded to Marilyn Hill Smith who played the part of The Mother Abbess. Her stunning rendition of ‘Climb Ev’ry Mountain’ just before the interval made the hairs of the back of your neck stand up as you left the auditorium mouthing the word ‘wow’.
Although every single performer on the stage gave it their all, making it a truly enjoyable evening out, that one song was definitely the stand-out moment of the night and will be remembered for a long time.
(Also a review from work, this was from a few weeks ago but I remembered it while I was thinking about my Joseph review!)