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REVIEWS:THEATRE Sound of Music (Bennett) Hippodrome, Birmingham 5/5 As an avid fan of the “Sound of Music, (I’ve worryingly even been a Sing along showing of film), it was with eager anticipation that I took my set to finally watch the musical version of this timeless classic. The UK tour of the show revived by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber for his BBC talent show “How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria”, stars winner, as decided by the British public Connie Fisher. The leading nun come governess faultlessly acted the part, and at times I couldn’t distinguish Connie from Julie Andrews. Fans of the film should not expect a carbon copy of the movie. Many scenes are missing or have been amended slightly in order to fit the story into the 2 hour and 35 minute time slot. And although all the famous songs are in the show, many of them are featured at different times. Maria and Mother Abyss sing “My Favourite Things” together, and the “Lonely Goatherd” is featured when the children are scared by thunder, instead of when they put on a play. Other moments such Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Lloyd Webber) Hippodrome, Birmingham 5/5 I was extremely excited to be reviewing Joseph having heard so much about it over the years; however I was truly not expecting the extravaganza that it was! A truly good mix of fun and knowledge for adults and children alike and one for the Family, a good time feeling was had all-round. The costumes were a little questionable in places with spandex and holographic fabric which I would imagine from a distance would look effective but from the stalls they were a little too much! The set was incredible, fun, colourful, dynamic and interesting but the best of all of course, was the actors! The fun they expelled came deep from within in their souls! They played hit every note, danced every step and played their hearts out! The narrator particularly engaged with the audience 50 The The Kaje 50 Kaje as the Captains first rendition of Edelweiss are merely mentioned. These small differences aside, it is a sensitive and joyful adaptation of one of the best loved musicals of all time. The numerous scenery changes were seamless, and the various backdrops of the Captains sumptuous house, and the Austrian Alps a treat for the eyes. A special mention must also go to the Mother Abyss played by Marilyn Hill-Smith, whose powerful and touching rendition of “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” brought a tear to the eye. But the real stars of the evening were the superb child actors who played the seven Von Trapp offspring. With their faultless harmonies and comic timing, they put their adult counterparts to shame. The “Sound of Music” is proper good old fashioned fun, and definitely an entertaining night out for the whole family, both novices and fans alike! Kim Harrell making eye contact with several people in the theatre and really feeling every line she sung. Keith Jack, the runner up from the hit BBC1 show Any Dream Will Do, gave an excellent lead performance with passion, skill and a real zest for the show. The Eleven Brothers felt every moment of their performance, also excellent performances were given by the dancers, children in the choir, Elvis, Jacob and all other parts. The lighting particularly stood out as it illuminated Joseph’s coat that was held up by his Brothers giving the show that extra showbiz factor. It was slightly disappointing that they played however to a half full theatre, however this did not detract from the atmosphere. The staff were friendly and helpful and the show seemed accessible for all. A definite 5/5 and a must see show, I left dancing! Eleni Kypridemos

The Kaje (September Issue)

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