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The Sound of Music Live (2015)

An apprentice nun tasked with caring for the children of a retired naval officer finds herself falling in love with him as the Nazi invasion of Austria looms on the horizon.


Russel Crouse (book), Howard Lindsay (book)

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A live stage production of the musical, filmed at the Playhouse Theatre in London, commemorating the 40th anniversary of the release of The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975).

Director: Christopher Luscombe
Stars: Jayde Westaby, Haley Flaherty, Ben Forster


Credited cast:
Kara Tointon ... Maria
Julian Ovenden ... Captain Georg von Trapp
Alexander Armstrong ... Max Detweiler
Maria Friedman ... Mother Abess
Katherine Kelly ... Baroness Elsa Schraeder
Martha Otterburn Martha Otterburn ... Gretl von Trapp
Mel Giedroyc ... Frau Schmidt
Paul Copley ... Franz
Evelyn Hoskins ... Liesl Von Trapp
Jon Tarcy ... Rolf Gruber
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Irene Alano Irene Alano ... Nun Ensemble
Jemma Alexander Jemma Alexander ... Party and Concert Ensemble
Keisha Amponsa Banson Keisha Amponsa Banson ... Nun Ensemble
Norma Atallah Norma Atallah ... Sister Berthe
Julie Atherton Julie Atherton ... Sister Margaretta


An apprentice nun tasked with caring for the children of a retired naval officer finds herself falling in love with him as the Nazi invasion of Austria looms on the horizon.

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20 December 2015 (UK) See more »

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Kara Tointon is profoundly dyslexic which makes learning her lines extremely problematic for her. As a result she has to employ particular and unusual strategies which show real dedication and determination to succeed as an actress. See more »


As Maria and the children collapse into a sofa after singing the Do-Re-Mi song, the front of a camera can be seen moving into the room from the main hallway at the left side of the screen. The next video shot of the group is taken by that camera. See more »


Version of The Trapp Family (1956) See more »

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Nice try, but why watch this when you can watch the film
27 April 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

While I appreciate the creative decision behind the BBC's idea to show a live musical for Christmas 2015, my main problem is with the musical of choice. THE SOUND OF MUSIC film, starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, is one of the heavyweights of the genre, a much-loved classic. How could this production, no matter how slick, ever hope to reach the same heights?

The answer is that it doesn't, of course. This TV version of THE SOUND OF MUSIC is acceptable, but hardly of the same quality as the movie. The set-bound locales, for instance, just don't offer the same kind of spectacle as the Alps. The acting is also of a different, much lower calibre. I like Kara Tointon and her fresh-faced beauty; I have done ever since EASTENDERS. But her singing voice is acceptable rather than beautiful, and her acting leaves much to be desired. She's the kind of actress better in support than in a demanding leading role like the one here.

Still, there are high points, not least a nice supporting role for Alexander Armstrong, a guy who most definitely CAN sing. David Bamber (TV's ROME) is always a pleasure too, as is Katherine Kelly. But the inclusion of the awful Mel Giedroyc smacks of nepotism (her sister directed the thing), and Julian Ovenden has no charisma whatsoever. The live angle means that there are a few bloopers here, which I found made the thing more interesting, but even so, this version is a one-off curiosity piece rather than something to come back to.

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