REVIEW: The Forum came alive to The Sound of Music

Millennium Forum, 4 - 8 February 2020

The Forum came alive to the sound of music on opening night of the hit musical ‘The Sound of Music’.

Considered to be one of the greatest musicals of all time, The Sound of Music has embarked on a new tour, earning rave reviews and leaving a trail of enthralled sold-out audiences. 

It’s clear to see why this show is held in such high regard, and Bill Kenwright’s production has truly done justice to this iconic story. A beautifully enchanting musical which had the audience captivated from the outset, The Sound of Music is one of those special shows which is timeless and can appeal to all generations.

The musical is based on Baroness Maria Von Trapp's 1949 memoir, The Story of the Trapp Family Singers, and tells the true tale of the world-famous singing family from their romantic beginnings and search for happiness, to their thrilling escape to freedom as their beloved Austria becomes part of the Third Reich at the start of WWII. The story then made the successful leap from stage to screen in 1965, and starred Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer.

The casting for this new production is excellent, and you may even recognise the main characters from their previous TV roles. Emilie Fleming, who plays Maria, became a household name when she was a finalist in BBC One’s Over the Rainbow with Andrew Lloyd Webber, and it goes without saying that her voice was breathtaking.

The role of Captain Von Tramp falls to TV favourite Andrew Lancel, who is possibly best known for his role as DI Neil Manson in the long running ITV series The Bill, as well as the villainous Frank Foster in Coronation Street. Andrew has been an accomplished singer for many years, starring in a variety of theatre shows and it’s clear that Andrew is as comfortable on stage as he is in front of the camera.

The kids in this production were sensational, not only in their singing ability but also in their acting and dance routines. An entertaining feel good show of the highest calibre, you are assured of a big time West End style production of a well-known classic, and an unforgettable night out.

The score of this production features some of the most memorable songs ever to be performed on stage including, Edelweiss, My Favourite Things, Do- Re-Mi, Climb Every Mountain, and of course the title song, The Sound of Music.

I loved every minute of this show. A truly stunning production, just as the strapline on the promotional flyer claimed. A sentiment which was shared by the entire audience as they rose to their feet to show their appreciation for this production of a classic tale as the auditorium became alive with the sound of music.

The Sound of Music will be running at the Millennium Forum until Saturday 8th February 2020 with tickets from £19.50 - £42.50.

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