Rachel Kavanaugh presents us with a wily, almost feral Aunt Eller, a metrosexual Curly, a tomboy Laurey, an arch but staunchly feminine Ado Annie, a profoundly stupid but winningly endearing muscleman Will, a troubled and deranged Jud and a pixie-like Carnes. The interloper, the foreigner, Ali Hakim, is hardworking and mercurial, smart and savvy. The characters may be old but the interpretations are sparky and resonant.
Together with set designer Michael Yeargan, costume designer Catherine Zuber and choreographer Christopher Gattelli, Bartlett Sher has completely reimagined and reinvigorated Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical both for the vast space that is the Vivian Beaumont stage and for the 21st century. It is a triumph in every respect: gorgeous to look at, immaculate to listen to and something wonderful to experience. Watanabe commendably makes the King his own special, unique creation. As Anna, Kelli O’Hara is incomparable.
Producers have released an extended look preview of the 2015 UK tour of The Sound Of Music starring Danielle Hope. Featuring songs like Do-Re-Me, My Favourite Things, Edelwiss, The Lonely Goatherd, Climb Every Mountain and Sixteen Going On Seventeen, The Sound Of Music has become a firm family favourite since it opened on Broadway in 1959. The film adaptation of the stage musical starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary. Visit our Sound Of Music tour page for tour dates and booking information.