The Hills Are Alive At The Hippodrome
PUBLISHED: 12:26 08 November 2010
A STANDING ovation topped off a thoroughly entertaining evening at The Bristol Hippodrome last night (Wed).
The temptation to sing along with Connie Fisher and the rest of the talented cast in Sound of Music was almost too much to bear for me at times.
The traditional, well-loved tale was mixed with some rib-tickling humour and the production kept me riveted for the full two hours and more.
Connie, as expected, did a great job starring as Maria in the UK tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber, David Ian and The Really Useful Group’s smash hit production, which is running at the Bristol venue until December 4.
She mixed her natural stage skills, with a touch of unexpected, but welcome, comedy moments, to provide a great evening for an audience featuring all ages.
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 last night was the equally-talented Michael Praed as Captain Von Trapp and Marilyn Hill Smith as Mother Abbess.
But the real stars of the show had to be the Von Trapp children, all seven of whom played their parts magnificently and often to rapturous applause.
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.
n 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 and the 7.30pm shows on November 10, 17 and 24 and Dec 1.
Tickets, priced £15-40.50, are available via www.bristolhippodrome.org.uk