To paraphrase the most famous line in Sunset Boulevard, it’s not that the show has got smaller, it’s the performance that has got bigger.
I got the opportunity to accompany The Bright Eye blog to see the West End hit Sunset Boulevard at the Mayflower, Southampton.
As you know I am a theatre lover, so I literally jumped at the offer to join her to see this critically acclaimed musical!
The musical is based on the film, about a fallen silent movie start called Norma Desmond. Following the story a struggling writer stubbled into her lavish life and falls victim to the wonders of comfortable living. This is despite the twisted love that Norma develops for him and ultimately leads to his demise.
I didn’t know what to expect going into this musical, from never seeing the movie adaptation, only knowing the musical was one of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Just from that alone, I had quite high hopes!
Overall I really enjoyed the show, from the dance numbers to delving into a darker storyline. It was the first musical I have seen where there is a much more serious underling theme. The entire show was pretty much all sung, which is so impressive alone, but being able to convey the varying emotions through movement and song was on a another level.
The characters really held their own and really made the show for me! I found that Ria Jones, who played Norma Desmend, was extraordinary! Her voice was so powerful, but really portrayed the fallen star to complete breakdown story and gripped me from the word go!
I would really recommend seeing this show, if you are interested in something different with a captivating and twisted story. The show is running at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton from 16th to 20th January 2018.
★★★★★ “Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical is a glorious, thrill a minute triumph” Daily Telegraph
★★★★★★★ “Musical theatre gold” Edinburgh Evening News