Today we spent a very enjoyable afternoon watching a performance of The Sound of Music at The Palace Theatre in Manchester. I bought the tickets in July but only told the girls a couple of days ago that we were going to see it, so it was an extra surprise for them over the Christmas holidays.
The star of the show was Connie Fisher who won the part of Maria after winning the BBC programme How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?, and very good she was too. She sang beautifully but strangely her speaking voice sounded exactly like Julie Andrews', the star of the original 1965 film. Her phrasing was almost identical, and I should know I've seen the film dozens of times! The film is a favourite of mine and Tall Daughter also used to want to watch it at least once a week when she was a bit younger. Once at school, when she was about 5, she was asked to draw a picture of what she wanted to be when she grew up and drew a picture of a nun!
Captain von Trapp was played by Michael Praed - does anyone remember him as a dashing, but pretty, Robin of Sherwood on TV years ago? Or as Prince Michael of Moldavia in Dynasty? Well, ladies, he's scrubs up very well as the strict Captain and has a very pleasant singing voice. And who knew he would look so good with grey hair too? Why do men look so much better when they go grey?
The children were also very good, particularly the smallest one, Gretel.
We really enjoyed the show and the sets were fantastic, transforming from the mountains to the convent to the Von Trapp house in seconds. All of the famous songs were in there aswell as two new ones, and as usual I got all misty eyed when Captain von Trapp sang Edelweiss.
Apart from the show we had a lot of fun travelling to and from the theatre, and during the interval. The girls were in a particularly giggly mood and we had a really fun afternoon. I think we'll remember today for a long time to come.
The show moves to Edinburgh later in January, then onto Belfast, Aberdeen, Llandudno, Eastbourne, Woking and finishing at Birmingham in August. If you enjoyed the film you'll enjoy this show. Recommended.
Photos of Michael Praed as Robin Hood and Capt von Trapp