Review: Sunset Boulevard

Ria Jones as Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard
Ria Jones as Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard

Having never seen the original film that Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award-winning musical Sunset Boulevard is based on, I was not sure what to expect when I went to see the show.

Having never seen the original film that Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award-winning musical Sunset Boulevard is based on, I was not sure what to expect when I went to see the show.

I was blown away by what I saw. For others who are not aware of 1950 film, the story is a compelling and passionate drama, with a dark twist.

In her mansion on Sunset Boulevard, faded silent-screen goddess Norma Desmond, (Ria Jones), lives in a fantasy world. Impoverished screen writer Joe Gillis, (Danny Mac), stumbles into her reclusive world and is seduced by her and her luxurious lifestyle, until his love for another woman leads him to try and break free, with dramatic consequences.

I was in awe of Ria throughout the show; her performance as neurotic Norma was captivating. She commanded attention every time she spoke and her voice was so powerful and beautiful. Danny was an equally strong performer and his brilliant performance as Joe made the audience feel as though they were going on his journey with him. Every line was delivered with such passion and emotion.

The entire cast gave amazing performances and the orchestra, lead by musical director Adrian Kirk, delivered music which was just as dramatic and flawless as the acting it was accompanying.

At the end of the show, most of the audience got to their feet to show their admiration - and it was so well deserved.

Sunset Boulevard is on stage at the Lyceum Theatre until Saturday. I would highly recommend that you see this masterpiece.