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Review: The Sound of Music, Manchester Palace Theatre

Review: The Sound of Music, Manchester Palace Theatre

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Following an enormously successful tour in 2015/16, The Sound Of Music UK Tour is back in 2018, and it’s come to Manchester!

With Act One packing in so many classic show tunes from the Rodgers and Hammerstein’s 1959 masterpiece, you could leave during in the interval of The Sound of Music and still be thoroughly entertained. With the second act being key to the story, except Edelweiss, the songs are almost all reprises of the first act’s mega-hits.

The production merits the mega-hits such as ‘My Favorite Things’, ‘Do-Re-Mi’, the ‘Lonely Goatherd’ and the title song. You can’t help but smile when you watch it.

The UK tour’s production, presently playing at the Palace Theatre, is an outstanding and beautiful production. Lucy O’Bryne as Maria Rainer not only nearly spends every moment onstage, she also proves to lead both solo numbers and the Von Trapp family singalongs. Leading and joined by seven talented child actors playing the family – particularly strong performances from Katie Shearman as Liesl. O’Bryne shines in one of the most excellent female roles in the history of all musical theatre.

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With some gorgeous choreography by Bill Deamer in the duet ‘Sixteen Going on Seventeen’ that is more modern dance, with hints of classic Fred and Ginger, brings out the childish nature of Rolf and Liesl’s relationship. Compared to the acceptance of male dominance in the relationship seen in the 1965 film version, this pairing and version is spot on. Jordan Oliver as the Nazi-to-be Rolf graces the stage with his incredible dancing.

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Closing Act I with a show-stopping ‘Climb Ev’ry Mountain’, Megan Llewellyn as Mother Abbess left me choked up and blinking back the tears.

Act II ties up the ends of story neatly and quickly, with the Von Trapp’s walking over the mountain into Switzerland, looking back on their country as Llewellyn reprises ‘Climb Ev’ry Mountain’ and getting the audience on its feet.

Calling this musical classic is an understatement, and this touring version captures everything great about it. The Sound of Music ultimately is a celebration of how healing and unifying the power of song is.

The Sound of Music is live at the Palace Theatre, Oxford Road, until Saturday 17th March – book here.

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