Theatre usher Lucy O’Byrne, who became a star after appearing in BBC 1’s The Voice series, is to be the new Maria von Trapp in the touring production of The Sound of Music, coming to His Majesty’s Theatre in January.
Fresh from performing at the BBC Proms, she makes her acting debut in the iconic role when she joins the company of Bill Kenwright’s spectacular five-star production.
“I’m so excited to be playing Maria,” said Lucy. “I can’t wait to start, it’s definitely a dream come true for me.
“It’s kind of daunting actually to be walking in the shadow of such greats as Julie Andrews, but I’m going to try and make it my own as much as I can. The Sound of Music is an iconic show, it really touches people’s lives.
“My journey since being on The Voice has just been amazing. Will said during the show that I was his Cinderella story... that he was going to take me from selling ice-creams in the theatre and was going to put me on stage – and here we are!”
“Lucy won the hearts of the national when her amazing opera soprano took her through to the finals of The Voice,” Said Aberdeen Performing Arts press manager Joyce Summers. “And everyone loved the story of the Wicked usher who because a musical diva.
“I’m sure fans will be thrilled with the chance to see her in such a famous and much-loved role.”
From Dublin, Lucy became a household name earlier this year when she shot to success as a finalist in the live shows of the TV talent show, The Voice. With chart-topper Will.i.am as her mentor, and biggest fan, she made history as the first classical singer to reach the final, impressing the nation with her stunning vocal range.
The new production of The Sound of Music is produced by Bill Kenwright, directed by Martin Connor and choreographed by Olivier Award winner Bill Deamer with musical direction by David Steadman.
It is a wonderfully lavish staging of the classic musical, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the film version, the most successful movie musical in history.
It all began with the story of the Trapp Family Singers and Baroness Maria von Trapp’s 1949 autobiography, which inspired Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse to create a Broadway musical in 1959.
The Sound of Music tells the true story of the world-famous singing family, from their romantic beginnings and search for happiness, to their thrilling escape to freedom as their beloved Austria becomes part of the Third Reich at the start of World War 11.
The unforgettable score features some of the most memorable songs ever performed on stage, including Edelweiss, My Favorite Things, Do-Re-Mi, Climb Ev’ry Mountain, So Long, Farewell and of course, the title song, The Sound of Music.
The UK tour kicks off in Peterborough on December 2, and begins a week-long run at His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen on Tuesday, January 12. Tickets are available online at www.aberdeenperformingarts.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.