Sound of Music, Bristol Hippodrome

September 30 2016

Like many people, I saw The Sound of Music on telly when I was a kid; but I’m not a mega-fan. I’m not a regular musical-goer either. However, after watching this show I’m ready to see more!

Sound of music

Like many people, I saw The Sound of Music on telly when I was a kid; but I’m not a mega-fan. I’m not a regular musical-goer either. However, after watching this show I’m ready to see more!

The Hippodrome itself is a gem of flamboyant late-Victorian architecture. The stage mechanics and scenery changes are fascinating.  

All the songs you know and love are here – from brown-paper packages tied up with string, to the hills are alive, to the lonely goatherd (yodel-ay-hee-hoo) - along with a couple I didn’t remember. And there’s some charming choreography, particularly Rolf and Liesl’s Sixteen Going on Seventeen. 

After the obligatory plot-setting, the show came alive for me with the entrance of the seven children – the Von Trapp family. The little ones were just as cute as they should be, and the older ones had presence and likeability. 

After a joyful rendition of Doe A Deer (official title Do-Re-Mi), I was fully engaged and enjoying the show. As was the rest of the audience – someone by me said she was finding it hard to resist joining in, and I agreed. 

The cast includes Lucy O’Byrne (as seen on BBC’s The Voice), and Coronation Street’s Andrew Lancel. 

 

Becky Golding