A packed house at the New Wimbledon Theatre rose as one to salute Ria Jones’ bow at the close of Sunset Boulevard and with good reason. Jones remains magnificent, her definitive, decaying diva capturing Norma Desmond’s long-faded Hollywood majesty.
Based on the eye-opening true stories of Japanese people abducted by the North Korean regime, in order for them to train spies and saboteurs, Great Wave expresses thrilling feelings of loss, guilt and partial redemption. The Great Wave really roars.
Upon reaching 70 this year, Andrew Lloyd Webber is clearly in a reflective mood and hot on the heels of his autobiography Unmasked released last week, comes this new compilation album Unmasked: The Platinum Collection.
Ria Jones takes on the role of the narcissistic, fading Norma Desmond with masterful skill in the touring production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard, reviewed at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking.
With a focus on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sumptuously melodious score, the new chamber-sized production of The Woman in White avoids the excesses of the original staging, allowing the gripping Victorian melodrama to be enjoyed purely on its own merits.