Theatre review by Steve Duffy –
The Boch Center Wang is alive with the ‘Sound of Music!’
Based on the real-life story of the Von Trapp Family Singers, “The Sound of Music” which inspired the 1965 classic, probably the most widely recognizable movie of all-time.
Jill-Christine Wiley is endearing as Maria, the troublemaking Postulant, but she really doesn’t own the role. She seems to get lost in the crowd and never really stands out.
Michael McLean is both charming and strict as Captain Von Trapp. His mellow but strong vocals are great, especially when he sings “Edelweiss.”
A major factor missing from the story was the romance between Maria and the Captain. There was just no romantic chemistry between the two.
The children are superb, not only providing their cuteness but great vocals for their ages.
Jake Mills brings the laughs as Max Detweiler and Melissa McKamie plays the wealthy Elsa Schraeder. I found her portrayal to be a bit boring.
Although the Mother Abbess only gets limited stage time, she delivers the show’s best song “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” in her beautiful operatic soprano voice.
Filled with all of the iconic numbers as “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” and “The Lonely Goatherd,” you will find it hard not to sing along.
The Sound of Music is the perfect show to make memories with your family. It is pure joy!
Running Time: 2 hours and 40 minutes (includes 15 minute intermission)
The Sound of Music now playing at the Boch Center Wang through May 13th. Tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster 800-982-2787, and by visiting www.bochcenter.org