I know this is a little late, but I went to see SoM on Monday 8th September - our Maria was Emma Baird, who was very good, and has a very strong voice. With my classical background I'm used to a different type of voice, but this singing was all very good. The kids were all fantastic, and Gretel was especially cute. Simon was on excellent form; as others have said, he is not a singer, but he was well in tune, and I'm sure his voice will round out with practice - it's a very scary thing, to start your singing career on a West End stage, and he's doing a very enjoyable job!!
My excuse for going was that I was taking Mum for her 70th birthday treat, and she very much enjoyed the show. When we first found the theatre, I towed Mum round the block to find the stage door, and mentioned something about waiting there after the show. She said she wasn't going to wait there, so I said I'd park her somewhere while I waited, but once we got in to the theatre I discovered that the closest exit to our seats was the one that takes you out right by the stage door. So then Mum said she'd wait, but wasn't bothered about meeting Simon. Anyway, we waited, and he came out like greased lightening, and it was Mum that spotted him. I called to him, and he came over and said hello, and then I introduced Mum to him, and said it was her birthday treat, so not only did she get a handshake, but he also wished her Happy Birthday! Afterwards, she said that he did seem like a very nice man, so I offered to put her down for this fan club, but she said no thanks!
I have seen the film many times, and I really appreciated the differences between the film and the show, some of which actually make more sense in the show than in the film. And I loved the stage - so incredibly flexible and adjustable, and fast moving! I'm looking forward to going again, though I'm not yet sure when that will be.