We’ve all got them: things we enjoy — sometimes mightily — that it’s just a little bit embarrassing to admit to liking. Like admitting, in my case, a massive passion for Selling Sunset, the real estate reality TV show set in the cramped offices of an LA boutique agency that sell houses to millionaires and billionaires. (But somehow seem to work cheek-by-jowl in a tiny office on Sunset Boulevard).
Radio 2’s Greatest Show could — and should — have been a platform to celebrate more British musicals, especially here, especially now, with the industry floundering so badly. A show of support for our own creators of new musicals would not have gone amiss.
Curve Leicester’s Sunset Boulevard certainly offers ‘new ways to dream,’ proving a beautiful and fitting finale to a year of considerable change for theatre.
The Curve, Leicester’s production of Sunset Boulevard takes the streaming of live theatre to a new level, not only with its music and storytelling, all performed by a wonderful cast, but also in the way in which it showcases the skill and talent of the entire team both on and off the stage.
The announcement of this year’s Olivier Awards winners will be broadcast on ITV on 25 October 2020 at 10.20pm. Lyricist Don Black receives The Olivier Special Award for contribution to theatre and Ian McKellen will be honoured in his 80th year for his Ian McKellen On Stage tour.
Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews for Jonathan O’Boyle’s production of Aspects of Love which has transferred to London from Manchester.
Aspects of Love may perhaps benefit from a modern reworking to iron out the more distasteful elements, but it should be fondly remembered.
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.
This Curve staging of Sunset Boulevard successfully manages to keep the glamour and scale required of a show documenting the golden age of Hollywood whilst making it suitable for a touring company.
Ria Jones dazzles in the poignant, wonderfully melodramatic and tragic Sunset Boulevard that is both a love letter to movies and a eulogy to Hollywood’s silent era.
There is a magic that pervades Nikolai Foster’s production of Sunset Boulevard, and it flows from leading lady Ria Jones. Twenty-six years after creating the role of Norma Desmond for Andrew Lloyd Webber at the composer’s Sydmonton Festival, Jones now leads the show and never has a casting been more perfect.
Jodie Prenger is exquisite in this stylish production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black’s musical.
Sunday 15 May 2016 saw the Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year Awards 2016 take place at London’s Novello Theatre, with Guildford School of Acting’s Courtney Bowman (pictured centre) crowned the winner. Catherine Francoise was at the event for www.jonathanbaz.com and reports.
There are just six weeks left to see the critically acclaimed, Olivier Award nominated musical MRS HENDERSON PRESENTS at the West End’s Noel Coward Theatre. The final performance of this strictly limited 18-week season will be on Saturday 18 June 2016.
What Close is, is a Hollywood Legend of the grandest order, ranking in her generation alongside Meryl Streep, but not really many others. And that defines part of the magic of this production at the Coliseum. A Hollywood diva is in London, playing …a Hollywood diva. This will not happen often in our lifetimes.
At the curtain call, co-star Michael Xavier bowed down before Ria on stage and producer Michael Grade was first to grab her in the wings as the sound of the cast applauding her enveloped her. A class act, indeed and one I am so privileged to say I witnessed up close and personal from the front row. It was a night I will never forget.
The evening has to be given to Close, who exceeded every expectation and was every ounce the Hollywood star she is. Charisma, dramatisation, characterisation, timing and delivery, all outstandingly perfect.
As the 2016 Olivier Awards ceremony draws closer, new musical Mrs Henderson Presents is nominated in four categories. Ian Bartholomew is up for Best Actor In A Musical and I spoke with him about the show.
Wrapping up a UK tour, this week sees Anne Reid take up a residency at the Crazy Coqs. Not just as one of the nation’s most beloved actresses, Reid’s cabaret reputation precedes her and her set that lasts the best part of two hours is a delight.
I was raised Protestant and have never been to a Bar Mitzvah – “You have now!”, a Jewish gent at the interval told me. The rituals of both the service and the family dynamics (and all-round kvetching) leading up to it are highly accurate, so he assured. And I believe him.
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