The Sound of Music at the Palace Theatre, Manchester

One of the greatest musicals of all time returns to the stage in this magnificent five star production to enchant the young and the young at heart. This wonderfully lavish staging tells the true story of the world famous singing family, from their romantic beginnings and search for happiness, to their thrilling escape to freedom at the start of WWll.

The unforgettable score features some of the most memorable songs ever performed on stage, including EdelweissMy Favorite ThingsDo-Re-Mi, Climb Ev’ry MountainSo Long Farewell, and of course, The Sound of Music.

Debra Warren (41) and her mum, Val Birkett (70), went to review The Sound of Music for us on Tuesday 13th March 2018 at the Palace Theatre, Manchester. This is what they had to say about the family music…

Daughter’s point of view…

This was an extended birthday treat for me and all the more special to share it with my Mum. The Sound of Music has always reminded me of family times when the girls would all watch it whilst my Dad and Grandad snuck off to the pub for a beer – Climb Every Mountain was not their favourite! I was really impressed with the whole performance.

Lucy O’Byrne was excellent as Maria, with a strong voice and mannerisms which reflected Julie Andrews’ portrayal without trying to just copy it. Megan Llewellyn as Mother Abbess was stunning, with a strong voice that really raised the roof. Climb Every Mountain gave me goosebumps and made me feel very emotional.

Howard Samuels as Max was funny and played the role of the lovable rogue perfectly.
The Von Trapp children were brilliant, with Leisl – played by Katie Shearman – really standing out with her beautiful voice.

The staging was also really effective. Changes were swift and the different scenes were cleverly portrayed with simple stage changes.

Once again a thoroughly delightful evening which had me still humming the tunes at work this morning!

Score 8/10 ****

Debra Warren (Daughter) Trusted Reviewer from Bury, Lancashire

Mother’s point of view…

I was a little sceptical as to whether I’d like the musical at first, even though I love musical theatre, as the film is so iconic I wasn’t sure that it would do it justice. I’m glad to say that I was pleasantly surprised.

All of our favourite songs were there and the vocal and acting talents of Lucy O’Byrne and Megan Llewellyn in particular were fabulous. Lucy O’Byrne’s voice was strong and she led the stage. No-one will ever better Julie Andrew’s performance but Lucy really did a fantastic job of making the role her own whilst still bringing the Maria we all know and love from the film to the stage.

The children were fantastic – their parents must have been so proud of their confidence and beautiful singing voices.

I was a little unsure about Neil McDermott’s Captain Von Trapp to start with as his performance didn’t seem as strong as the other cast members, however he warmed into it and in the second half he was much better.

All in all a great tribute to the film and a great show in its own right with the addition of some new songs for the stage.

Score 8/10 ****

Val Birkett (Mother) Trusted Reviewer from Kirkham, Lancashire

Daughter’s Score – 8/10
Mother’s Score – 8/10

Total Score – 16/20 ****

The Sound of Music is on in Manchester until March 17th 2018. You can purchase tickets by clicking on the link below:



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