It is with great regret that the producers of “The Sound of Music” announce that Connie Fisher is unable to return to the tour of “The Sound of Music” for its final engagements at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff (23 August – 3 September), Manchester Palace Theatre (6 – 17 September), Newcastle Theatre Royal (20 September – 8 October) and New Theatre Wimbledon (11 – 22 October).
Since Connie’s last appearances in the tour in Oxford she has been suffering from a vocal condition which has seriously compromised her singing voice. Despite intensive therapy and coaching it is now apparent that her voice has not recovered sufficiently for her to tackle the demands of the role of Maria.
Connie said today “After many months of battling with a throat condition known as congenital sulcus vocalis, my vocal range has altered dramatically and it is with much regret that I have to withdraw from “The Sound of Music” as I no longer have the range to sing the part of Maria. My journey with this amazing show has been such a magical one and I am devastated that I am not able to close the tour. I have loved every minute of working with Andrew Lloyd Webber, David Ian and the cast and crew of “The Sound of Music” and I am only sorry that I am not able to be with them until the last performance.”
Despite this disappointment, the producers are delighted to announce that VERITY RUSHWORTH (who has been winning rave reviews in every city for her performance as Maria) will continue in the role for the remainder of the tour. Verity is probably best known to television viewers as Donna Windsor in ITV1’s “Emmerdale”, a role she played for eleven years. Her West End theatre credits include the lead role of Penny Pingleton in “Hairspray”.
“The undoubted star of the show was Verity Rushworth, a perfect Maria” Irish Daily Mail
“We couldn’t have wished for a better incarnation of Maria” Nottingham Post
“She really is superb – with a great voice and a natural charisma which more than does this revered role justice. By any measure Verity is wonderful” Yorkshire Evening Post
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