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The ‘Hills are Alive’ with the sound of legendary musicals at The Concourse, Chatswood in 2023

October 9, 2022

Willoughby Theatre Company is set to revive two of the most iconic musicals of all time, with the award-winning community theatre group staging The Sound of Music and Cats for Sydney audiences in 2023.

Both musicals need very little introduction, are amongst the most popular with audiences globally, and were considered groundbreaking when they first premiered.

The Sound of Music is not only an oscar winning film loved by audiences for over 50 years, but one of the most treasured and revived stage shows of all time.

Written by the legendary duo of Rodgers and Hammerstein, The Sound of Music, inspired by the lives of the von Trapp family, tells the uplifting story of Maria, a fun-loving novice nun turned governess who changes the lives of the widowed Captain von Trapp and his seven children by re-introducing them to music, culminating in the family's escape from the Nazis.

Cats on the other hand redefined how musicals were staged when it first premiered in the early 1980s, going on to break box office records wherever it opened.

With music written by award-winning composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, and set to the stories of T.S.Elliot, the show set the benchmark for theatre choreography and musical staging and spawned the number one hit song, Memory.

Both shows have been previously performed by Willoughby Theatre Company, but these will mark the first time the shows have been produced by the group on the stage of The Concourse Theatre in Chatswood.

Scott Richmond, Willoughby Theatre Company President said: “After presenting several modern musicals and community theatre premieres over the past few years, we felt it was time to revisit two of the shows that have not only wowed local audiences in the past, but helped redefine musical theatre globally.

“We couldn’t have picked two more contrasting shows to perform in 2023, but we anticipate that audiences will warm to the charm of both when they hit The Concourse stage.

“After a few years of disruptions due to the pandemic we’re excited once again to be presenting a full season of shows with these two legendary musicals set to wow audiences old and new on Sydney’s North Shore.”

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