It’s five stars from us, as an all new cast brings Peterborough a fabulous version of the musical classic, The Sound of Music…
Bill Kenwright’s production of one of the greatest family musicals of all time, The Sound of Music, is now showing at the Broadway Theatre in Peterborough with BBC1’s The Voice runner-up Lucy O’Byrne as Maria and award-winning Scottish actor Gray O’Brien as Captain von Trapp both making their musical theatre debuts.
We thought Lucy was fabulous and while her voice was amazing her acting was also really believable, from the very first few notes she sang she won us over.
You usually enjoy a performance but compare the actor to the iconic film role – not this time – Lucy really made it her own.
The singing from the whole cast was great, the acting was good and there are even a few comic elements that were well timed and delivered. The children were brilliant and also made the show!
The were children enjoying it, adults were enjoying it and even the guys in the audience were liking it more than they might care to admit! If you love The Sound of Music you will love the show.
We love seeing The Broadway brought back to life and this show certainly had the hills, and upper circle, alive with a truly vibrant atmosphere.
Lucy O’Byrne became a household name earlier this year when she shot to success as the runner-up in the live shows of the TV talent show. With chart-topper Will.i.am as her mentor, and biggest fan, Lucy made history as the first classical singer to reach the final, impressing the nation with her stunning vocal range. Now, having recently performed at the BBC Proms, she makes her musical debut as the young postulant, Maria.
Gray O’Brien played ruthless businessman Tony Gordon in Coronation Street, for which he won Villain of the Year at the British Soap Awards and Best Actor at the Inside Soap Awards, Gray is no stranger to leading television roles. Previously, he has starred in Peak Practice in which he played the series regular character of Dr Tom Deneley for ITV and prior to that another series regular; Richard McCaig in Casualty for the BBC. Most recently, Gray was seen in the twelve part drama Titanic: Blood & Steel. His stage work includes staring opposite Peter Bowles in Anthony Shaffer’s Sleuth at The Apollo Theatre.
Produced by Bill Kenwright, directed by Martin Connor, choreographed by Olivier Award winner Bill Deamer, musical direction by David Steadman, this wonderfully lavish staging of the classic musical coincides with the 50th anniversary of the film version – the most successful movie musical in history.
The unforgettable score features some of the most memorable songs ever performed on stage, including ‘Edelweiss’, ‘My Favorite Things’, ‘Do-Re-Mi’, ‘Climb Ev’ry Mountain’, ‘So Long, Farewell’ and of course, the title song, ‘The Sound of Music’.
The Sound of Music runs at The Broadway until December 12 – don’t miss it!
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Photos: Image of Lucy O’Byrne by Mark Yeoman. Previous cast shot Pamela Raith.