Sunset Boulevard, Playhouse Theatre Edinburgh:
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s undeniable masterpiece of filmic composition will always be Sunset Boulevard. Telling the story of faded silent movie star Norma Desmond (the utterly divine Ria Jones) who longs to reclaim her stardom when studio writer Joe Gillis (a sparkling and on form Danny Mac) happens upon her mansion thus leading to a story of love, forgotten dreams, broken hearts and lives forever changed.
The show came to life in 1992 in Webbers Sydmonton festival with then unknown Ria Jones performing the role of “Norma” to great success but due to her youth she never travelled to Broadway or the west end with the production. Fast forward 25 years and following a stint covering for Glenn Close in the Coliseums famed 2016 production, the original star Ria Jones returns to reclaim the greatest role of all and succeeds in style.
Jones performs with consummate grace with a voice that soars around the splendour of the auditorium, especially during numbers such as “with one look” and “as if we never said goodbye. She grips the audience with her utter conviction as Norma, her’s is the Ms. Desmond for all time, played with style and class she grips from the off and never let’s go until the rousing standing ovation she richly deserves.
Danny Mac also delivers spectacularly, imbuing Gillis with wisdom, corruption and honest the role demands and possess a powerful voice and stunning body to boot. Completed by a strong supporting cast, a stunning set that literally dances across the stage and a large 16-piece orchestra, Director Nikolai Foster has delivered the most awe-inspiring production of the show to date.
The entire company should be commended for taking a true west end calibre production on the road, that quite rightly brings the audiences to their feet at the end of every performance and teaches us all new ways to dream! Truly beautiful theatre doesn’t come any better! Go See!
The Curve Theatre Presents “Sunset Boulevard” Edinburgh Playhouse theatre, Run ended. Production visits Glasgow Theatre Royal from 28th May 2018