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Sunset Boulevard UK and Ireland tour – full casting details

Full casting has been revealed for the forthcoming UK and Ireland tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s award-winning musical Sunset Boulevard. Directed by Nikolai Foster, the tour will open at Curve on Saturday 16 September 2017 (press night is Thursday 28 September). Joining the previously announced Ria Jones as Norma Desmond and Danny Mac as Joe […]

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Exclusive interview and images – Michael Xavier is ready for his close-up on Broadway

Two-time Olivier Award nominee MICHAEL XAVIER has been enjoying his Broadway debut, playing the character of Joe Gillis opposite Glenn Close in Sunset Boulevard at the Palace Theatre, New York for a limited season (the production closes this weekend). He previously took on the role at the London Coliseum in April 2016. Next he joins […]

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Danny Mac to star in Sunset Boulevard tour

Danny Mac is to star as Joe Gillis in the forthcoming UK and Ireland tour of Curve’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s award-winning musical Sunset Boulevard. Ria Jones is to play Norma Desmond and the show is to be directed by Nikolai Foster. Sunset Boulevard will open at Curve on Saturday 16 September 2017 (press […]

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Sunset Boulevard – Palace Theatre, New York

Sunset Boulevard continues at the Palace Theatre, New York until 25 June. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ In her latest incarnation, Norma Desmond is totally heart-breaking. The narcissistic ferocity of the queen of silent movies has been softened. Her eccentricities are at times almost endearing rather than frightening. She can be haughty […]

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Andrew Lloyd Webber celebrates four musicals on Broadway

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber celebrated four musicals playing simultaneously on Broadway when Sunset Boulevard opened at the Palace Theatre yesterday (9 February 2017). Three of Lloyd Webber’s musicals rang in 2017 by breaking house records at the Winter Garden (School of Rock – The Musical), Majestic (The Phantom of the Opera) and Neil Simon (Cats) […]

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Sunset Boulevard UK and Ireland tour – details of dates

The UK and Ireland tour of the Curve production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Sunset Boulevard, starring Ria Jones as Norma Desmond and directed by Nikolai Foster, will open at Curve on 16 September 2017 (press night is 28 September) before touring the UK and Ireland. Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award-winning show is based on Billy Wilder’s film, accompanied by Don […]

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Ria Jones to star in Sunset Boulevard at the Curve and on tour

It has been revealed that Ria Jones will star in a new homegrown production of Sunset Boulevard as part of Leicester Curve’s autumn/winter 2017 season. Actress and singer Jones stepped into the spotlight in April last year when she took over the leading role in Sunset Boulevard (after Glenn Close was too ill to perform) […]

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Broadway Musical Theatre Preview – a starry first half to 2017

Don’t forget sunglasses if you’re headed for New York. Broadway musical marquees will be freshly and blindingly ablaze with a constellation of star names during the first half of the New Year. New productions headed for the Main Stem boast such legendary luminaries as Bette Midler, Glenn Close, Patti LuPone and – yes, even a […]

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Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2016 – Glenn Close and Jesus Christ Superstar are big winners

Glenn Close beat fellow countryman Andy Karl and homegrown talent Sheridan Smith for the title of Best Musical Performance at the 2016 London Evening Standard Theatre Awards ceremony. The Sunset Boulevard star was presented with her award by Elton John who co-hosted the star-studded event with Evening Standard owner, Evgeny Lebedev. Another Andrew Lloyd Webber […]

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Evening Standard Radio 2 Audience Award For Best Musical – nominations revealed

The voting has opened for the Evening Standard Radio 2 Audience Award for Best Musical in this year’s 2016 London Evening Standard Theatre Awards. Now in their 63rd year, the annual awards celebrate outstanding achievement and performance in London theatre. Listeners will be able to cast their vote by heading to bbc.co.uk/radio2 and will have until 11.59pm on […]

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Interview – Michael Xavier on Richard Rodgers tribute, Some Enchanted Evening

This week West End leading man MICHAEL XAVIER will join Ruthie Henshall, Lesley Garrett and Gary Wilmot in Some Enchanted Evening, a series of concerts at Cadogan Hall celebrating the timeless music of Broadway legend Richard Rodgers. Presented by Garrett, the four performances running from 18 August until 20 August will feature the four vocalists […]

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Alternate Norma Desmond Ria Jones wins over Sunset Boulevard audience

  Actress and singer Ria Jones stepped into the spotlight this week to take over the leading role in Sunset Boulevard and won over an audience angered by the news that award-winning actress Glenn Close was too ill to perform (Pictures: Kevin Wilson). Jones, who had ironically been involved in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s early workshops for […]

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Sunset Boulevard – London Coliseum

Sunset Boulevard continues at the London Coliseum until 7 May. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ The golden age of Hollywood, when silent pictures gave way to ‘talkies’, has been a fertile ground for storytelling in the past. Singin’ in the Rain gave us a comedic take on the screen starlet who […]

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Sunset Boulevard starring Glenn Close – first production images

  Today (1 April 2016) previews begin for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard at ENO’s London Coliseum. Joining Glenn Close (Norma Desmond), Michael Xavier (Joe Gillis), Siobhan Dillon (Betty Shaefer) and Fred Johanson (Max Von Mayerling) are Anna Woodside as Hedda Hopper, Emily Bull as Hedy Lamarr, Julian Forsyth as Cecil B DeMille, Mark Goldthorp as Sheldrake, Fenton Gray as Manfred, […]

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Interview – lyricist Don Black on Bar Mitzvah Boy and 2016 being a very good year

This year is looking to be a good one for lyricist DON BLACK. As well as a new West End musical, Mrs Henderson Presents, under his belt, the London Coliseum is to play host to a revival of Sunset Boulevard (for which he co-wrote the book and lyrics with Christopher Hampton and won two Tony […]

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Sunset Boulevard – full cast revealed as show begins rehearsals

Today (22 February 2016) rehearsals for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard begin at the English National Opera Rehearsal Studios as the full cast was announced. Joining Glenn Close, Michael Xavier, Siobhan Dillon and Fred Johanson in Sunset Boulevard, are Anna Woodside as Hedda Hopper and Emily Bull as Hedy Lamarr who will work alongside the […]

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Sunset Boulevard at ENO – Michael Xavier, Siobhan Dillon and Fred Johanson join Glenn Close in cast

Michael Xavier, Siobhan Dillon and Fred Johanson will join Glenn Close in Andrew Lloyd Webber, Don Black and Christopher Hampton’s Sunset Boulevard, the second production in the partnership between English National Opera (ENO) and the GradeLinnit Company. Lonny Price will direct the strictly limited run of 43 performances at ENO’s London Coliseum which begins on 1 April 2016 with press night on 4 April, with the final performance on 7 May. The full ENO […]

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Sunset Boulevard – Glenn Close on making her West End debut at ENO

In April 2016, the London Coliseum will play host to a semi-staged production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Sunset Boulevard, with Glenn Close reprising the role of former silent movie star Norma Desmond, which she played in Los Angeles and on Broadway. In front of an invited press audience, she spoke of her previous involvement […]

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Glenn Close to star in semi-staged ENO production of Sunset Boulevard

Glenn Close will star as Norma Desmond in Andrew Lloyd Webber, Don Black and Christopher Hampton’s Sunset Boulevard, the second production in the partnership between English National Opera (ENO) and the GradeLinnit Company. In March 2015 ENO and the GradeLinnit Company presented the critically acclaimed sell-out run of Sweeney Todd with Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel in the inaugural production of their partnership. Lonny Price will direct the strictly limited run of […]

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Vienna – an overview of the latest musical theatre openings

From The Wizard of Oz to a bit of Off-Broadway flair: Ludovico Lucchesi Palli gives an overview of the latest musicals in Vienna. The last weeks of the year in Austria have been a real treat for anyone interested in musical theatre. The shows that have opened range from an Andrew Lloyd Webber classic on tour […]

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Elaine Paige in Concert – Royal Albert Hall, London

Elaine Paige in Concert (50th Anniversary Farewell Tour) at the Royal Albert Hall, London. It seems strange to imagine but to anybody under the age of 20, Elaine Paige is probably more regarded as a Sunday afternoon radio presenter than as a musical theatre star. Certainly her presence on the Radio 2 show has given musical theatre a […]

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Eyre stages Lloyd Webber Stephen Ward musical

Richard Eyre will direct the world premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Christopher Hampton and Don Black’s new musical Stephen Ward, previewing at London’s Aldwych Theatre from 3rd December 2013, with opening night on 19th December. Stephen Ward has music by Lloyd Webber, with book and lyrics by playwright Hampton and lyricist Black (with whom Lloyd Webber previously […]

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Patti LuPone – Leicester Square Theatre

Playing at the Leicester Square Theatre, London until 23rd June. It’s not often we get a real live Broadway musical theatre legend in the West End and fans, among them Adele, were out in force for Patti LuPone’s opening night at the Leicester Square Theatre. A belter in the Ethel Merman tradition and an actress […]

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