AWARD WINNING CONNIE FISHER RETURNS TO PLAY ‘MARIA’
IN ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER, DAVID IAN
AND THE REALLY USEFUL GROUP’S LAVISH PRODUCTION OF
RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN’S
“THE SOUND OF MUSIC”
AT THE MANCHESTER PALACE THEATRE
6 – 17 SEPTEMBER
Andrew Lloyd Webber, David Ian and The Really Useful Group are delighted to announce that Connie Fisher will return to play the role of ‘Maria’ in their smash hit production of the legendary Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “THE SOUND OF MUSIC” when the show returns to the Manchester Palace Theatre from Tuesday 6 – Saturday 17 September, Box Office 0844 847 2275 www.palaceandoperahouse.org.uk. The news comes as Connie receives the prestigious Manchester Evening News Theatre Award for ‘Best Actress in a Visiting production’ for her portrayal of the role of ‘Maria’ at the Palace Theatre in Christmas 2009.
Connie Fisher won BBC 1’s “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?” and played the role at the London Palladium for 15 months, to critical acclaim. Before reprising the role for the UK tour she starred in the Menier Chocolate Factory’s production of “They’re Playing Our Song” and the ITV drama “Caught in a Trap”.
(Connie Fisher is not scheduled to appear at all performances; patrons should check with the ticket office before purchasing your tickets)
This wonderfully lavish production tells the story of the Von Trapp family’s flight across the mountains with its unforgettable score that includes some of the most memorable songs ever performed on the musical stage including ‘Edelweisse’, ‘My Favorite Things’, ‘Do-Re-Mi’, ‘Climb Ev’ry Mountain’, ‘The Lonely Goatherd’ and the title song ‘The Sound of Music’.
“THE SOUND OF MUSIC” has music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, with a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, suggested by “The Trapp Family Singers” by Maria Augusta Trapp.
“THE SOUND OF MUSIC” is directed by Jeremy Sams, with choreography by Arlene Phillips, design by Robert Jones, sound by Mick Potter and lighting by Mark Henderson.
This production of the legendary Rodgers and Hammerstein musical opened to rave reviews and sell-out business at the Wales Millennium Centre in July 2009 following a record-breaking 954 performances at the London Palladium where it was seen by well over 2 million people. “THE SOUND OF MUSIC” originally premiered on Broadway in 1959, when it won six Tony Awards, including “Best Musical”. The show first opened in London in 1961 and its last London revival was in 1981, both productions having record-breaking runs. The 1965 Hollywood film, which starred Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, won five Oscars, including “Best Picture”.
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