November 19th, 2017

SB - Norma - broken

Sunset Boulevard UK Tour 2017

Right, having spent the past I-dont-even-want-to-know how many minutes trying to get Semagic to work with LJ and DW to make cross-posting easier, here's a write-up from Friday night, when Paul and I went to see the new UK tour production of Sunset Boulevard, starring Ria Jones and Danny Mac. I'm hoping to do this in one go, but it may well end up being two separate entries (one for each Act, as last time) because it is, of course, an Eternal Onion and some of the stuff I wanted to mention will probably end up being quite wordy once I start properly thinking about it...

Anyway, for the uninitiated, Ria Jones was the person who originated the character of Norma (as she appears in the musical) in the original production of the show back in about 1992 at the Syndmonton Festival. She was also the understudy for Glenn Close in the London production last year, which is probably all you really need to know - except that from her programme shot she looks like the Norma in my head, though oddly not so much when actually in costume!

Danny Mac was a runner up on Strictly Come Dancing and other than that I know nothing about him, but he was appropriately pretty so that'll do for me. :P

Such being said, the audience seemed to comprise mostly Strictly fans and Ria Jones fanboys and a fair few Sunset fangirls - which is a vast improvement on when we saw it in London and the audience was mostly people who were only there to see Glenn Close in her West End debut with no concept of the actual show. (The same people who subsequently threw a hissy fit when Glenn Close was off sick and Ria Jones took her place, walking out before the show even started - but fie on them because they have no idea what they were missing.)

I very much suspect the reason for the sudden UK tour, so close off the back of the London show, is because (a) it was so popular (as it always is whenever it rolls back around!) and also (b) next year will be the show's 25th anniversary, so I'm hoping the tour is a run-up to a great big London show which will (fingers crossed!) be filmed and/or broadcast live and thus released on DVD. Because HOW AWESOME WOULD THAT BE? I'd love to see Ruthie Henshall as Norma, actually...

Right, that was a bit of a digression, so here's the actual write-up. I will tackle this in the same way as the last one, scene by scene. I have made some rough (mostly illegible) notes to work from, scribbled down when I got home Friday night, so hopefully I won't forget anything!

Sunset Boulevard UK Tour 2017Collapse )

Right, it took me far too long to get around to this and (of course) it's taking me longer than anticipated, so I will post this first part now and tackle the rest after dinner - or possibly tomorrow.

Watch this space!
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SB - Glenn Close Norma

Sunset Boulevard UK Tour 2017 - part two

Okay, dinner is done so I'll tackle Part Two. Without further ado...Collapse )

So, that was that.

According to the programme, the film version is pencilled in for next year - but honestly, I'll believe that when I see it, since that rumour has been churning the mill for about ten years now. :P In the meantime, I will continue to hold out hope for a massive-scale 25th anniversary production, and a cinematic release that's as beautifully shot/edited as the recent Miss Saigon production was. That would make my heart very happy indeed.

(In other, unrelated news, I have an interview for that job on Wednesday. Eek!)

Over and out.
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