Wednesday, November 15, 2006

It's A Reality: The Sound Of Music Revival Comes Alive In London Tonight

It's A Reality: The Sound Of Music Revival Comes Alive In London Tonight

Andrew Lloyd Webber's new West End revival of The Sound Of Music, which had its genesis in the British reality show, "How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?" opens this evening.

You'll recall that the reality show was used as a competition to find the revival's lead actress among some 6,000 would-be Marias. Connie Fisher, a Belfast-born 23 year old telesalesperson, won the coveted role.

Perhaps the same technique should have been employed for finding the tuner's Captain Von Trapp. The show made recent headlines for the hasty departure of its captain, Simon Shepherd, who left the production after just two performances. He has been replaced by Alexander Hanson.

What will the critics make of the novel star search? Will it matter? Find out tomorrow when the reviews come alive.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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At 15 November, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Again Steve, fascinating info I hadn't heard! Whats the scoop on why Mr. Shepherd "departed? Quit? Fired? I've been keeping an eye on this production too! Thanks for the update and reminder that it opens tonight. Does the NYT review West End openings?

At 15 November, 2006, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Officially, Shepherd "withdrew." Unofficially, I've heard he was fired.

As for the New York Times, don't expect a review of "The Sound of Music" tomorrow, but it's possible that one may be forthcoming in the weeks ahead. Having said that, I'll be providing a rundown of what the British critics have to say on Thursday.


At 15 November, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perfect! Thanks Steve.


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