Review: THE SOUND OF MUSIC at The Grand Theatre, Xiqu Centre

The Rodgers & Hammerstein classic runs from April 16th through June 9th

By: Apr. 18, 2024
Review: THE SOUND OF MUSIC at The Grand Theatre, Xiqu Centre
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Review: THE SOUND OF MUSIC at The Grand Theatre, Xiqu Centre

The stage production of the beloved classic family musical, "The Sound of Music," based on the 1949 memoir of Maria von Trapp, premiered on Broadway in 1959 and went on to win five Tony Awards.

The 1965 movie adaptation also received five Oscars. Now, celebrating its 65th Anniversary, this production has arrived at the Grand Theatre, Xiqu Centre in Hong Kong, bringing its timeless music to audiences.

Set in Austria on the verge of World War II, the story follows Maria Rainer, a young postulant seeking admission into Nonnberg Abbey as a nun. However, her free-spirited nature and penchant for song make Mother Abbess question whether a life of poverty, obedience, and chastity is the right path for Maria. Mother Abbess grants her some time to reconsider her decision and sends her to work as a governess for the Von Trapp family.

Captain Georg Von Trapp, a widowed naval officer, has struggled to find a suitable governess for his seven children. Maria, not knowing what to expect, arrives at what feels more like a naval cadet academy than a home.Review: THE SOUND OF MUSIC at The Grand Theatre, Xiqu Centre The children are accustomed to military precision and strict discipline, even responding to whistle signals. Sensing their emotional coldness, Maria brings much-needed warmth, love, and music into their lives. As time passes, she becomes attached to the family, including her growing affection for Captain Von Trapp. Maria now faces a dilemma, torn between her love and devotion to the church and her feelings for the Von Trapps.

Produced by Simone Genatt and Marc Routh, and directed by Matt Lenz, this production of "The Sound of Music" is absolutely wonderful, with the original music and lyrics by Rodgers & Hammerstein continue to captivate audiences.

The set design by Douglas W. Schmidt is simplistic yet detailed, featuring a stunning countryside backdrop that beautifully portrays the Austrian landscape.Review: THE SOUND OF MUSIC at The Grand Theatre, Xiqu Centre The abbey columns and large mansion windows cleverly serve multiple scenes, effortlessly transporting the audience to different locations. Natasha Katz's lighting design complements Schmidt's set, creating the perfect atmosphere, whether it's the serene abbey setting with light streaming through stained glass windows or the lively ballroom scenes at the Von Trapp mansion. These elements make the production a visual delight.

Review: THE SOUND OF MUSIC at The Grand Theatre, Xiqu Centre

Leading the brilliant cast are Natalie Duncan and Corey Greenan as Maria Rainer and Captain Von Trapp, along with Julia Salatti, Penny Hodson, Avril Kagan, Luke Cantu Gutierrez, Charlie Stover, Haddie Mac, and Pippa Blaylock, who portray the delightful Von Trapp children. Duncan's portrayal of Maria is brilliant, gracefully depicting her character's growth from a young, innocent postulant to a loving wife and mother. Review: THE SOUND OF MUSIC at The Grand Theatre, Xiqu Centre

A standout performance though comes from Lauren Kidwell as Mother Abbess, who delivers a soaring rendition of "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" with remarkable power and control. Additionally, Taylor Tveten shines as Elsa Schraeder, the elegant and charming yet cunning Baroness, providing many comedic moments throughout the musical.

Despite "The Sound of Music" being a classic with a familiar story, this heartwarming stage production offers plenty to love. Secure your tickets now before Maria and the Von Trapp children bid their final "So Long, Farewell!"

Review: THE SOUND OF MUSIC at The Grand Theatre, Xiqu Centre

Review: THE SOUND OF MUSIC at The Grand Theatre, Xiqu Centre

Review: THE SOUND OF MUSIC at The Grand Theatre, Xiqu Centre

Review: THE SOUND OF MUSIC at The Grand Theatre, Xiqu Centre

Review: THE SOUND OF MUSIC at The Grand Theatre, Xiqu Centre




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