REVIEW: The Sound of Music, Theatre Royal, Newcastle, Until September 12

The Sound of Music is at Newcastle's Theatre Royal.
The Sound of Music is at Newcastle's Theatre Royal.

The Sound of Music is definitely one to cross off the list for musical theatre fans.

The story of trainee nun-turned-governess-turned-captain’s wife is moving and uplifting.

It was a real crowd-pleaser, bringing the vast majority of the audience to their feet in a standing ovation as cast members took their final bows.

Danielle Hope perfectly fits the role of sugary-sweet Maria, doing real justice to famous songs like The Sound of Music, My Favourite Things and The Lonely Goatherd.

The Rogers and Hammerstein musical sees her leave the Abbey where she is soon to take her vows and begin working for widower Captain Von Trapp (Steven Houghton), caring for his seven children.

The mischievous gang have seen off governess after governess but it’s a different story with Maria, who wins their love through music.

The young stars of the show are super cute and just as talented. Their performances of songs like So Long, Farewell and Do-Re-Mi were pitch perfect.

Liesel (Grace Chapman) and Rolf (Luke George)’s duet Sixteen Going On Seventeen was a real stand-out moment in the show. The song and dance routine was wonderful.

The show, of course, has a more serious side. Set during the eve of the Second World War as Germany is occupying Austria.

The Captain is told that he must report to German Naval Headquarters to accept a commission in the German Navy, and his family must flee with the help of the nuns.

Jan Hartley also gave a stunning performance of Climb Ev’ry Mountain as Mother Abbess. She wowed the crowd as she hit impossibly-high notes.

The first act of the show, at almost 1hr 30mins, is very long, but when it came back after the interval the action moved a lot quicker.

It was a real crowd-pleaser, bringing the vast majority of the audience to their feet in a standing ovation as cast members took their final bows.

The Sound of Music is at Newcastle’s Theatre Royal until Saturday, September 12. Click here to book tickets.

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