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Dame Julie's comeback falls flat

PUBLISHED: 12:44 13 May 2010 | UPDATED: 17:56 25 August 2010

MEMBERS of an audience at a Julie Andrews concert say they feel short-changed after the Mary Poppins legend failed to deliver more than two solo numbers at a concert.

MEMBERS of an audience at a Julie Andrews concert say they feel short-changed after the Mary Poppins legend failed to deliver more than two solo numbers at a concert.

Hundreds of fans walked out of the An Evening With Julie Andrews show at the O2 in Greenwich, disappointed that, for most of the show, the 74-year old Dame relied on the support of younger singers.

Many fans demanded their money back, but organisers say that Dame Andrews was never expected to sing a full programme.

A spokesperson for the venue said: "The promoters of the show are disappointed that some fans were not happy with the show. She received a standing ovation at the beginning of the evening and at the end. We will look at all complaints on a case-by-case basis and reply to all fans directly."

Dame Andrews, who starred in the 1964 musical film Mary Poppins and in 1965's The Sound Of Music, has not appeared on a British stage for 30 years and has rarely performed since botched throat surgery wrecked her four-octave range in 1997.

In front of a film projection of her in her prime, she told the crowd: "I certainly cannot sing as high or as well now as you've just seen up on that screen, but that is not to say that I cannot sing the hell out of Ol' Man River. At least I think I can."

But reviewers agreed with fans, with Paul Clements of The Telegraph calling the event a "theatrically tragic spectacle".


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