Westchester Broadway Theatre.

Now running until August 11

WBT’s 180th Production

June 20, 2013

This is one of the best productions I have personally seen at WBT, and I have seen almost all of them over the last few years.

I don’t know whether the section I sat in was ideally situated, but I had no problem with the sound system as I often do in this house.  Have they upgraded it or is it placement?  I don’t know.  But for the first time I heard everything.

Aubrey Sinn, the ingenue lead who plays Maria was great and, surprise surprise, not yet a member of Actors Equity.  Quite a rôle for a neophyte actress, but she is well cast and is very good in the part.  She sings, acts and moves well, and her chemistry with the children is terrific.

The very fine support cast rounds out this production;  Melinda Tanner as Frau Schmidt the housekeeper shines among them.  Ms. Tanner epitomizes the saying there are no small parts, only small actors.  She is large in her small part.

Karen Murphy, who plays the Mother Abbess, shows off a very fine operatic voice in her finale numbers of both Acts I & 2.

The children all do very well in their parts.

The imperfections are glaring only because the rest is so darn good that the contrast is stark.  These flaws would go unnoticed in a lesser production.

Really worth seeing this one.  WBT is in Elmsford, right off the Sprain Pkwy.  Dinner, show and parking will cost $85.  Try getting that in Manhattan.