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Preview: The Sound of Music at Sunderland Empire


The Sound of Music
Sunderland Empire
Tuesday 21st – Saturday 25thJune 2016

Bill Kenwright’s production of one of the greatest family musicals of all time, The Sound of Music, recommences its UK tour this May calling at Sunderland Empire from 21st – 25thJune 2016.

BBC1’s The Voice runner-up and award-nominated Lucy O’Byrne continues in the role of Maria in this spectacular five-star production. Star of stage and screen Andrew Lancel joins the company as Captain Von Trapp and Jan Hartley reprises her role as Mother Abbess.

Andrew Lancel
Andrew Lancel is best known as super-villain Frank Foster in Coronation Street, a role that earned him a 'Villain of the Year' award at the British Soap Awards. He also played DI Neil Manson in the long-running ITV television series The Bill. His numerous stage credits include Bill Kenwright’s touring productions of The Small Hand and Twelve Angry Men. Andrew starred in Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles in Liverpool and London, and most recently appeared on stage in The Damned Unitedat the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Lucy O'Byrne as Maria
Photo: Mark Yeoman
Lucy O’Byrne became a household name when she shot to success as the runner-up in the live shows of the TV talent show, The Voice. With chart-topper as her mentor, and biggest fan, Lucy made history as the first classical singer to reach the final, impressing the nation with her stunning vocal range. Now, having recently performed at the BBC Proms, she makes her musical debut as the young postulant, Maria. Her first album, Debut, was released earlier this year.

This wonderfully lavish staging of the classic musical is produced by Bill Kenwright, directed by Martin Connor, choreographed by Olivier Award winner Bill Deamer with musical direction by David Steadman.

Produced  by  Bill  Kenwright,  directed  by  Martin  Connor,  choreographed  by Olivier  Award  winner  Bill  Deamer, musical  direction  by  David  Steadman,  this  wonderfully  lavish  staging  of  the  classic  musical  coincides  with  the 50th anniversary of the film version - the most successful movie musical in history.

Photo: Mark Yeoman
It  all  began  with  the  story  of  the  Trapp  Family  Singers  and  Baroness  Maria  von  Trapps  1949  autobiography, which inspired Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse to create a Broadway musical in 1959. The Sound of Music tells the true story of the world-famous singing family, from their romantic beginnings and search for happiness, to their thrilling escape to freedom as their beloved Austria becomes part of the Third Reich at the start of WWII.

The  unforgettable  score  features  some  of  the  most  memorable  songs  ever  performed  on  stage,  including Edelweiss, My Favorite Things, Do-Re-Mi, Climb Ev’ry Mountain, So Long, Farewell and of course, the title song, The Sound of Music.

Joining Lucy and Andrew on stage are Jan Hartley (Mother Abbess), Duncan Smith (Max), Lucy Van Gasse (Baroness Elsa), Kane Verrall (Rolf), Annie Horn (Liesl), Alexander Evans (Herr Zeller) Zoe Ann Brown (Sister Margaretta), Kate Scott (Sister Berthe), Tammy Davies (Sister Sophia), Jude Neill (Ursula), Anouska Eaton (Baroness Elberfeld), Jon de Ville (Franz), Pippa Winslow (Frau Schmidt), Scott Ainslie (Admiral von Schreiber), Piers Bate (Baron Elberfeld) and Lewis Barnshaw.

Bill Kenwright presents The Sound of Music
Music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II  
Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse
Suggested by ‘The Trapp Family Singers’ by Maria Augusta Trapp.
Presented by special arrangement with R&H Theatricals Europe

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