Mick Brady from Ventura, California
It's impossible not to compare it to the film, and who could follow Julie Andrews? Still, I felt the director made some odd choices. Many cast members made amateurish artificial gestures during songs. Why did Maria wrap something around her nightie during the storm? Weird. Why did she prostate herself before the abbess prior to their escape? Super weird. Why did everyone seem to speed through the wedding? Overall the show's tone struck me as too religious. The Abbey setting was dark and somber. That said, I loved the kids, and the abbess' rendition of 'Climb Every Mountain' was a showstopper. Maria's voice wasn't very pleasing to me, and I didn't feel she brought enough depth to her acting, but I wanted to see Julie, of course! The swastikas were chilling. I think the show missed an opportunity by not having the captain urge the audience to join in singing Edelweiss. Would have been risky but might have added some of the heart I felt was missing.
Bridget from Wilmington, Delaware
LEFT MORE TO BE DESIRED
The cast’s singing voices were impressive and perfectly on pitch. The acting, on the other hand, felt stiff and amateur. The cast lacked chemistry. They were reciting lines, not absorbing the characters and storylines. Everyone in our group of 4 almost fell asleep. It would help if the cast committed more strongly to being the character and not themself. The story felt disjointed and rushed throughout as a result of some of the director’s choices. There’s hope if the director draws more passion from the cast and reconsiders some of the liberties they took with the story-telling.
Rena G from Sarasota, Florida
SOUND OF MUSIC
This rendition of the Sound of Music was very well done .The musicality ,acting ,dancing ,costumes ,lighting were beautiful and artful .I much enjoyed everything about this production except for the last scene which was over the top in portrayal of the Nazis and Swastikas which were alarming and insulting and unnecessary as the play in itself clearly demonstrated the darkness of those times as a reminder to all of us today.
Danicia from Inlet, NY
So excited to take my daughter to experience one of my favorite all time musicals. She fell asleep during a matinee!! Too many Abbey scenes. Songs out if context and in wrong locations?? Who sings “A few of my favorite things” at the beginning in the Abbey? Added new songs that weren’t in the original. Very disappointed.
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