We review Sunset Boulevard
Last month, our press assistant travelled to Birmingham Hippodrome to see Sunset Boulevard ahead of its Mayflower Theatre dates. This is one show you don't want to miss!
Sunset Boulevard, with book and lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber has been a stage favourite for years and it is clear to see why in the newest adaptation to grace the stage directed by Nikoli Foster.
The musical follows faded silent-screen goddess Norma Desmond who lives in a massive mansion with just her chauffer/butler Max for company. Struggling screen writer Joe Gillis is pulled into her world persuaded by her luxurious lifestyle. Joe becomes trapped into the mansion and lifestyle until his love for another woman leads him to try and break free, with dramatic consequences.
The show stars Ria Jones, who famously stepped in for Glenn Close in the London Coliseum production, stuns audiences with her vocal power and seemingly effortless throwback to Hollywood glamour. Jones is a power house and amazes in the iconic number As If We Never Said Goodbye
There are two other stars of the show, the set and costume design. Jones is decked out in glamorous outfits. The set moves much like the set of a movie with sliding panels, and projections.With songs everyone will recognise including the titular track Sunset Boulevard, this production mesmerises from start to finish and is well deserving of the standing ovations it receives night after night.
The Tony Award winning Sunset Boulevard comes to Mayflower Theatre for one week only from 16-20 January 2018. Don’t miss out!