Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 29 November 2014

A dose of Julie Andrews that's sure to help the medicine go down

Julie, Madly, Deeply sees Sarah-Louise Young pay an affectionate tribute to the legendary Julie Andrews
Julie, Madly, Deeply sees Sarah-Louise Young pay an affectionate tribute to the legendary Julie Andrews

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens. Bright copper kettles and warm woollen mittens. Own up, you'd like to add Julie Andrews to the list of your favourite things, wouldn't you?

Sarah-Louise Young certainly would. She's such a fan of the singer that she's created a whole show in her honour. Julie, Madly, Deeply is part biography, part heroine-worship, and makes for a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious evening.

Adored by millions, Dame Julie Andrews is a genuine legend of entertainment. But what do Maria Von Trapp or Mary Poppins do at the end of a hard day? In Julie, Madly, Deeply, Young delves into much of Andrews' back catalogue, as well as revealing entertaining nuggets about her childhood, early career and later years as a confirmed national treasure.

Tonight's OTL audience will learn all about her tricky step-father, her failed first marriage, and that botched operation on her throat which almost deprived us of her sweet singing voice. Imagine no Edelweiss ever again!

Fortunately, there's plenty of Maria in this show as Young (familiar to audiences here as a member of comedy troupe Fascinating Aida) skips through the Alps looking for goatherds. And we can all help her sing along.

Accompanied by pianist Michael Roulston, Young twirls through all of Andrews' show songs – that's Mary Poppins, Sound Of Music, Thoroughly Modern Millie, My Fair Lady and The Boyfriend just for starters.

She also gives us cameo performances from a penguin (yes, really!), Audrey Hepburn and Liza Minnelli, who appears as a running gag throughout the show. The whole thing is a delight from beginning to end. But it's best to start at the very beginning. That's a very good place to start.

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