Theatre review by Steve Duffy –
The hills are alive with the Sound of Music at the Boston Opera House.
This new touring production is being directed by Jack O’Brien and it is a great production that will remind you why you fell in love with the show in the first place.
Newcomer Kerstin Anderson takes on the role of Maria and brings a great likeability and gentleness needed to make her the perfect governess. Her vocals are pitch-perfect, she does justice to the music, and her musical numbers with the Von Trapp children are extremely delightful.
Ben Davis portrays Captain Von Trapp, a handsome disciplinarian, who runs his home like a navy ship, until he meets with Maria and her music. I really couldn’t sense any real chemistry between them, however, the lack of it did not hinder their relationship.
The Von Trapp children are amazing. They carry all of the songs they sing together with an enormous amount of ease and vocal clarity.
Melody Betts as The Mother Abbess leads the nuns in ethereal alleluias and lifts the rafters when she performs “Climb Ev’ry Mountain.”
We all love the story, but it is the compelling score and lyrics that we really love. Unfortunately, it’s not a sing-along, so I felt like a kid in a candy store told not to eat anything. To my disappointment, there was no “Confidence In Me” and no puppet show. However there was still “Lonely Goatherd,” which was used to chase away the thunderstorm.
The set designs are amazing and moved with ease around the stage. You will see everything from the alpine vistas to the von Trapp family home that is bright and airy.
There is so much to enjoy in this production, you will definitely not want to miss it!
Running Time with Intermission: 2 hr. 15 min. (15 min intermission)
The Sound of Music is now playing at the Boston Opera House through April 10th. Tickets are now on sale at BOH box office and online at www.boston.broadway.com