The hills are alive
PUBLISHED: 09:00 28 October 2010
CONNIE Fisher will star as Maria in the UK tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber, David Ian and The Really Useful Group's smash hit production The Sound Of Music at The Bristol Hippodrome from November 2.
Connie won BBC 1’s How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? and played the role at the London Palladium for 15 months to critical acclaim.
She most recently starred in the Menier Chocolate Factory’s production of They’re Playing Our Song and was also seen in ITV’s drama Caught in a Trap.
Starring alongside Connie are Michael Praed as Captain Von Trapp and Marilyn Hill Smith as Mother Abbess.
Michael starred in the hugely popular TV series Robin of Sherwood and Dynasty and Marilyn has performed with many leading opera companies, including English National Opera, Welsh National Opera and Royal Opera.
The lavish production tells the story of the Von Trapp family’s flight across the mountains with its unforgettable score that includes some of the most memorable songs ever performed on the musical stage, including My Favorite Things, Do-Re-Mi, Climb Ev’ry Mountain, The Lonely Goatherd and title song The Sound of Music.
This production of the legendary Rodgers and Hammerstein musical opened to rave reviews and sell-out business at the Wales Millennium Centre in July 2009, following a record-breaking 954 performances at the London Palladium.
The original version premiered on Broadway in 1959, when it won six Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
The show first opened in London in 1961 with a revival in 1981, both productions having record-breaking runs.
The 1965 Hollywood film, which starred Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, won five Oscars, including Best Picture.
*Although the producers of The Sound of Music cannot guarantee the appearance of any particular artist, Connie Fisher is expected to appear at all performances excluding Mondays, Nov 3 at 2.30pm, and the 7.30pm shows on November 10, 17 and 24 and Dec 1.
The show will run until December 4.
Tickets, priced £15-40.50, are available via www.bristolhippodrome.org.uk