Like many fans who grew up with her timeless films, I was over the moon to hear that Dame Julie Andrews – star of the classic musicals Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music as well as many, many more – is set to return to the stage in a special one-off London performance next year.
What’s more, the event has even been scheduled with a definite date – so keep May 8 free in your diary if you want to witness the magic of the legendary singer performing some of her most well-known songs at the O2 Arena in London’s Docklands, supported by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
According to the BBC, this will be the first time Dame Julie has performed on the UK stage in a staggering 30 years! She has performed a few concerts across the pond in New York, but not too often since an operation in 1997 sadly damaged her ability to sing soprano. However, fans of all ages will surely delight to hear Dame Julie performing hits from her more recent films like The Princess Diaries and the Shrek series, as well as my personal childhood favourite – Mary Poppins.
But it isn’t all about reliving past glories. Julie said recently that she was excited about the opportunity to share her new works with audiences, and why not? The singer has enjoyed a real comeback in recent years and, even at 74 years old, she’s still got what it takes to wow audiences the world over.
I just hope that this one-off performance is Dame Julie’s way of testing the water, and might lead to many more theatre performances further down the line. Her obvious excitement means there are certainly no signs of this being “so long, farewell” for the legendary star.