It must be a challenge to present a musical that is beloved at the level of The Sound of Music. Not only does the show have an adoring audience of millions, but this adoring audience is most likely familiar with the film version of the story. I'm a member of that film-loving, Christopher Plummer and Julie Andrews adoring, audience. I had never seen The Sound of Music on Stage. And, to be honest, my personal threshold of enjoyment of the film version of The Sound of Music revolves around whether or not the network airing the movie cuts out the wedding scene to fit the movie into its prescribed block of time.
Bill Hanney's North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly took my notion of a challenge and through it away. This production of The Sound of Music is enthralling, from the cast to the sets to the costumes. Lisa O'Hare and David Andrew MacDonald are amazing as Maria and Captain Von Trapp, and Suzanne Ishee's performance as the Mother Abbess gave me chills. These three performers, and the entire cast of the show provided a night of smiles, laughs, and true theatrical entertainment. And, I am happy to report, the wedding scene is present, and it is glorious.
The NSMT's production of The Sound of Music runs through June 23, with two additional shows added to accommodate sell-out audiences. Tickets are available online and at the box office. This is the beginning of an exciting season of musicals at North Shore Music Theatre. The Wizard of Oz takes the stage next, followed by Cats and then La Cage Au Folles.
For tickets and information: North Shore Music Theatre, nsmt.org, (979) 232-7200, 62 Dunham Road, Beverly, MA 01915