Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Sound of Music

Do-Re-Mi: 1. Derek Mooney & Brenda Donohue; 2. Sallyanne & Derry Clarke; 3. Mairead O’Callaghan & Miriam O’Regan. (Brian McEvoy)

The Dublin Docks are alive with the Sound of Music as the famous Rodgers and Hammerstein musical is in situ at the Grand Canal Theatre until the end of April. Two very familiar faces head the show, Verity Rushworth (aka Donna Windsor of Emmerdale) stars as ‘Maria’ alongside Jason Donovan as ‘Captain Von Trapp’ in the Andrew Lloyd Webber production.

The Sound of Music originally premiered on Broadway in 1959, when it won six Tony Awards, including “Best Musical”. The show first opened in London in 1961 and its last London revival was in 1981, both productions having record-breaking runs. The 1965 Hollywood film, which starred Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, won five Oscars, including “Best Picture”.

This production of the legendary Rodgers and Hammerstein musical opened to rave reviews and sell-out business at the Wales Millennium Centre in July 2009 following a record-breaking 954 performances at the London Palladium where it was seen by well over 2 million people. Among the guests on opening night in Dublin were Paul and Lisa Fitzpatrick and family, Marty Whelan and his daughter Jessica and Derry and Sallyanne Clarke of top restaurant l’Ecrivain.