|Regent's Park Open Air Theatre|
|I am the little one of course - mortified to share this with you!|
life was never the same again.
So this show was special to the young, bossy girl with West End aspirations and I had forgotten it until the wonderful performance at the park this week. The children were amazing (yes, much better than 8 year old me) and it was lovely to see some performing friends excel themselves on the stage. My sister wept from first entrance, justifiably I feel, because the nun’s singing was exquisite (although maybe she was just re-living the lounge marching debacle) and by the interval the whole Family Gibb were in floods. I can’t blame my emotional side on being an actress, it is clearly genetics!
I love new musical theatre, new writing and funky Jason Robert Brown tunes but there is something about traditional musical theatre that makes my heart sing. Maybe it because those were the songs I heard in my childhood that inspired me to start a career or maybe because they were written so damn well. The lyrics of Rodgers & Hammerstein are simple and yet packed with a universal meaning that cuts through to us all. The melodies stay in your head much longer than the average ‘show hit’ today and The Sound of Music is just a beautiful show.
Doe a deer, a female deer, Ray a drop of golden sun.....