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The Sound of Music

The hills are still as alive as ever.

The West End production of pretty much the best known musical in the world kicked off it's national UK tour this week at the New Wimbledon Theatre, proving once and for all that the story of Maria and the family von Trapp really is a timeless classic.

There will be few audience members unfamiliar with the story - barely a Christmas goes by without the film screened across at least five channels - and Verity Rushworth's turn in the lead role evokes all the warmth and magic of Julie Andrews' original performance.

That being said, the star credit this time around belongs to opera sensation Lesley Garrett in the small but integral role of the Mother Abbess. Her high notes gave us the shivers.

We're also not known for being big fans of children on stage, but all seven of the von Trapp brood provided a great sense of fun, with their boundless energy serving as an excellent contrast to the more sinister storyline that develops later in the show.

Classic musical theatre at it's most uplifting.


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