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The Sound of Music

When:

Fri 24 Oct 2014, 7:30pm–10:00pm
Sat 25 Oct 2014, 2:30pm–5:00pm
Sat 25 Oct 2014, 7:30pm–10:00pm
Sun 26 Oct 2014, 1:00pm–3:30pm
Sun 26 Oct 2014, 5:00pm–7:30pm

Where: The Civic, Cnr Queen & Wellesley Sts, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • From: $69.00
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Listed by: sandra roberts

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The lavish and much-anticipated London production of The Sound of Music is receiving wild praise from reviewers.

"The sets are amazing and the cast spectacular. One of my "favourite things" would have to be the incredible talent that is Leslie Garrett. A musical you can't afford to miss" The Breeze

"First-class production in every way - Auckland's hills are alive with the sound of rapturous applause!" Newstalk ZB/Coast

“Flawlessly staged, and musically excellent.” Sunday Star-Times

"Amazing show. Maria's big voice and journey of self discovery is offset wonderfully by many adorably funny moments" TV3

“Incredibly slick...sets were amazing...just so, so good!” tvnz

“Lesley Garrett is heavenly.” theatreview

"Witnessing the opening of The Sound of Music at The Civic has been one of “My Favourite Things” in music theatre this year…loved the vocals and slick production – you’ll regret it if you miss this gem.” theatrescenes

“Stunning voices, and an amazing experience. “

“Climb ANY and EVERY Mountain to get yourself a ticket as it won't be here for long.”

Andrew Lloyd Webber and David Ian’s production of The Sound of Music will continue to thrill Auckland audiences until 26 October.

This acclaimed production of the legendary Rodgers and Hammerstein musical premiered at the home of West End musical theatre – the London Palladium – where it celebrated a record-breaking 954 performances and was seen by well over 2 million people, before going on to enjoy sell-out performances internationally.

Reprising her West End role especially for the New Zealand tour is international opera star Lesley Garrett as the Mother Abbess. Britain’s most popular soprano, Lesley Garrett CBE has found fame on the stage, on TV and as a recording artist, winning both critical acclaim and the affection of many fans and music lovers. As an added bonus, Lesley will give a recital on 30 October, supported by the NZ Opera Chorus. See separate Eventfinder listing for details.

“Lesley Garrett is superb as The Mother Abbess. As well as a being great actor her singing is sublime - rarely has a first act ended so spectacularly at the St James Theatre as it does with Garrett's Climb Ev'ry Mountain.” says the Dominion Post

The Sound of Music features an unforgettable score that includes some of the most famous songs ever performed on the musical stage including “My Favorite Things”, “Edelweiss”, “Do-Re-Mi”, “Sixteen Going on Seventeen”, “The Lonely Goatherd”, “Climb Ev’ry Mountain”, and the title song “The Sound of Music”.

The Sound of Music tells the uplifting true story of Maria, the fun-loving governess who changes the lives of the widowed Captain von Trapp and his seven children by re-introducing them to music, culminating in the family’s escape across the mountains from Austria.

The musical originally premiered on Broadway in 1959 to record-breaking advance ticket sales, where it won eight Tony Awards - including “Best Musical”. The show opened in London in 1961 and became the longest-running American musical of its generation. The 1965 Hollywood film, which starred Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, won five Oscars, including “Best Picture”, and quickly became the highest-grossing film in history. Even today, The Sound of Music remains the most successful movie musical in history.

Since the turn of the 21st century, the enduring magic of The Sound of Music has lead to major productions around the world, giving testament to its title as “The World’s Most Popular Musical”. For the London Palladium production, Andrew Lloyd Webber cast the role of Maria following a hugely popular 2006 BBC reality television show called How do You Solve a Problem like Maria?, which made its winner Connie Fisher into a star.

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