In the Australian run of The Sound of Music – Cameron Daddo plays Captain von Trappwhile Amy Lehpamer plays Maria and she is amazing as the powerhouse lead character to the musical delivering up crisp, Julie Andrewesque singing. From the opening “The Sound of Music”, her lilting pipes draws you in. It’s a crowd pleaser for sure. The Sound of Music is highly entertaining with classic tunes that everyone would know and the session we attended had plenty of children present. It’s a family friendly musical.
Also particular good, the cast who played the Von Trapp children and the segments with the children were fun little numbers; in particular Do-Re-Mi, My favourite things, So Long Farewell. Seeing these numbers brought to live on stage particularly by the little ones – Endearing and precocious onstage.
The final act was surprisingly, a little uncomfortable to witness – we’re of age to understand the horrors of war; and what the Nazi’s did (in a post schindler’s list world) – The capitol theatre stage had Nazi Insignia banners unfurl and stormtroppers staged around the venue – making the final act and the family’s escape particular haunting – we haven’t seen The Sound of Music in years nor did we cognitively understand the crisis in the final act. It this association and awareness now that adds depth and hubris. It makes the reprieve of “So Long Farewell” a lot more captivating.
The Sound of Music ended on a high with a hollering enthusiastic audience, streamers and confetti guns going off. What more can you ask for on a night at the theatre.
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