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The Sound of Music - Sheffield Lyceum

Published by: Paul Tyree on 5th Feb 2015 | View all blogs by Paul Tyree

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The Sound of Music

Review by Paul Tyree


The true story of the Trapp Family Singers is not quite as is shown in the musical, but they certainly did have a remarkable life.
After suffering in the economic crash in Germany the trapp family had to find another way of supporting themselves and very quickly singing became
their way of life winning many awards and by the end performing in over 30 countries around the world.

They managed to leave Germany by train as opposed to being hounded across the alps as in the movie, but this certainly gives the story a more
fulfilling and thrilling ending and in a sense the ending we see is still metaphorically true. They were fierce opponents of the nazi regime
and undoubtedly would have been hounded, persecuted and possibly killed had they not had the foresight to get out while they still could.

The story of Maria is also an astounding one being orphaned and raised by her uncle to be sceptical of religion before hearing a sunday sermon
which swept her away and convinced her to become a nun. Remarkably it was her love of the children which convinced her to marry Georg and not a love of the man himself, although given time their love did blossom and stood the test of time.

Of course what is really important to theatre goers is does this production live up to and recreate the most popular film musical of all time.

In many areas it has to be said that,thankfully, it does. The sets are suitably magnificent and, of course, the music lifts your spirits to the heavens,
(or to a very high mountain at least).

Danielle Hope is a very effective Maria and carries this production with seeming ease. Steven Houghton as Captain Von Trapp is perhaps a little bland for my taste but sings well and peraps this simply reflects how the character is written rather than any lack on his part. Jan Hartley as the Mother Abbessalso shines out in a production that is uniformly good and guaranteed not to disappoint.

It may not quite hit the heights of the movie version but it does a wonderful job of reminding you just how marvellous the story, the music and
lyrics truly are and that's some acheivement indeed. 

Thu 5 Feb 7:30pm   £27.00 - £35.00* Book Tickets
Fri 6 Feb 7:30pm   £30.00 - £38.00* Book Tickets
Sat 7 Feb 3:00pm   £27.00 - £35.00* Book Tickets
Sat 7 Feb 7:30pm   £30.00 - £38.00* Book Tickets
Tue 10 Feb 7:30pm   £27.00 - £35.00* Book Tickets
Wed 11 Feb 2:00pm   £22.00 - £31.00* Book Tickets
Wed 11 Feb 7:30pm   £27.00 - £35.00* Book Tickets
Thu 12 Feb 2:00pm   £22.00 - £31.00* Book Tickets
Thu 12 Feb 7:30pm Audio Described, Signed £27.00 - £35.00* Book Tickets
Fri 13 Feb 7:30pm   £30.00 - £38.00* Book Tickets
Sat 14 Feb 3:00pm Captioned £27.00 - £35.00* Book Tickets
Sat 14 Feb 7:30pm   £30.00 - £38.00* Book Tickets

Lyceum

  • 55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom

 

Comments

1 Comment

  • Cameron Lowe
    by Cameron Lowe 3 years ago
    Thanks for your review, Paul. A timeless classic indeed.
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