REVIEW: Sheffield theatre is alive with the Sound of Music

The Sound of Music is now on at Sheffield's Lyceum Theatre.
The Sound of Music is now on at Sheffield's Lyceum Theatre.
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Few people will be unfamiliar with the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The Sound of Music, now on stage in Sheffield.

The 1965 film starring Julie Andrews is so iconic, it is easy to forget the tale of a hapless governess who just cannot stop singing actually started its life on the stage.

Based on the true story of the Von Trapp family, the plot is essentially a love story set in a climate of huge political change when Austria was annexed by Nazi Germany in 1938.

It is difficult to watch the show without automatically comparing it to the film, but if you are able to forget the screen version for a moment and sit back and enjoy the ride, you will not be disappointed.

Playing the part of the free-spirited postulant Maria is Danielle Hope, from the BBC talent show Over the Rainbow, where the nation chose her to take the starring role of Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz.

She embraces the innocent playfulness and naivety of the character and her vocal skills are just right for the production’s much-loved musical numbers.

Although the stage production is similar to the film version, it is not a carbon copy.

There are some differences, including two songs which never made it to the cinema – How Can Love Survive and No Way to Stop It.

Of course, the real highlight is watching the journey made by the lovable Von Trapp children as they learn to sing and rebuild their relationship with their father – a distant and strict naval captain who locked away his heart when their mother died.

The Sound of Music is a musical for all ages and the audience at the Lyceum reflected that, from children right through to the elderly. It may not be edgy or modern, but watching The Sound of Music is like slipping on a comfortable pair of slippers and indulging in one of your very favourite things.

However, if you want to catch Danielle in the main role, get your tickets quick as she will be taking a break during the second week of the musical’s run at the Sheffield’s Lyceum Theatre.

* For tickets, call the Box Office on 0114 249 6000.