A handy music Alps

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IT’S been a good few years since he played Scott Robinson in Neighbours.

But while there are many who will forever remember him in that part, Jason Donovan has carved out a good musical career since then.

Once a pin-up boy with chart success, Donovan in now mainly known for strutting the stage in musicals.

And quite diverse roles they have been: Caractacus Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the title role in Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, Frank N Furter in The Rocky Horror Show, Tick in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and, of course, Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.

Now, Donovan tackles a show which is much loved by many — The Sound of Music.

The film made an international star of Julie Andrews as is a favourite of musical aficionados.

Starring alongside Jason is another well-known face from TV, Verity Rushworth, who takes on the role of Maria.

Soap fans will instantly recognise Verity from her 11-year stint on Emmerdale where she played Donna Windsor.

No stranger to the stage, Verity has also appeared in London’s West End as Penny Singleton in Hairspray.

The Sound of Music is based on actual event and tells the story of novice nun Maria who is forever getting in to scrapes at the convent forcing the Mother Superior to wonder How Do We Solve A Problem Like Maria?

The solution seems to be to send her to the home of wealthy Austrian, Captain Georg Ludwig von Trapp, where she tends to — and wins the hearts of — his children.

It’s not an easy journey to be accepted by the Trapp kids — they have a history of finding ways to get rid of governesses.

However, Maria is quite different from the others.

She is genuine and kind with a warmth and much love in her heart.

And it’s not only the children who are won over.

Maria and Georg find themselves falling in love, despite the fact that he is engaged to another woman and Maria is a postulant nun.

And, as if that didn’t give the couple enough of a headache, the drums of war are beating throughout Europe and Austria is not a safe place to be.

The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical captures the magic of the film and includes all the hits: Edelweisse, My Favourite Things, Do-Re-Mi, The Lonely Goatherd and, naturally, The Sound of Music.

The show is performed at the King’s Theatre in Glasgow and runs from May 10 until June 4.

Tickets cost £16 and £40.50 and can be booked for a fee on 08448 717 648.