In this episode of The Show People Podcast, host Andrew Keates is joined by Tony Award-winning actor and recording artist Frances Ruffelle.
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.
Sheridan Smith and Danny Mac were among the winners at the Manchester Theatre Awards – which were announced at The Lowry Theatre in Salford, while HOME led the way with five awards for its productions and performers. The annual awards – regarded as the most important theatrical prize-giving outside London – honour productions seen in Greater Manchester during 2017. Janet …
This extraordinarily lavish touring production of Sunset Boulevard makes the heart soar as much as the story and its characters break the audience’s heart.
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.
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, so resplendent when she stepped into Norma’s shoes at the Coliseum in 2016 (we were lucky enough to be at one of those shows is once again in the title role and she gives a powerhouse performance.
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.
The musical, based on the 1950 Billy Wilder film, with music composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, depicts the close-knit working relationship that both characters form, and the dire consequences that manifest from their alliance with each other.
Sunset Boulevard is a thrilling ride through the film industry of mid-century America, filled with the song, dance and cultural ephemera of the era. It’s an intoxicating spectacle that is both entrancing and, in parts, exhausting.
There is no doubt that Ria Jones, as Norma Desmond, owns the Curve theatre’s production of Sunset Boulevard that lights into the Edinburgh Playhouse on the first date of its major UK tour.
Ria Jones’ extraordinary history with Sunset Boulevard might well be entitled The Norma Conquests… And, 26 years on, was it worth the wait?
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.
Danny Mac will play Joe Gillis to Ria Jones’ Norma Desmond in the upcoming UK tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard.
To borrow Norma Desmond’s expression, Glenn Close is enjoying a phenomenal “return” to Broadway, and to her 1994 Tony-winning role, with this unique, glossy, concert-like staging of Sunset Boulevard. Presented by London’s ENO in 2016, this production features a whopping 40-piece orchestra, reportedly the largest ever employed on Broadway.
Michael Harrison and David Ian are delighted to present the UK and Ireland tour of the Curve production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s award-winning musical SUNSET BOULEVARD. Starring Ria Jones as Norma Desmond and directed by Nikolai Foster, SUNSET BOULEVARD will open at Leicester Curve, where it runs from 16 to 30 September 2017 with a press night on 28 September, …
My favourite moments of the shows that I saw in 2016 are below and include performances from across the UK, together with the USA and also Europe. Theatre, cabaret, dance and concert performances are all included and there’s no ranking.
Alfie Boe and Katherine Jenkins will star for the first time together in the West End as Billy Bigelow and Julie Jordan in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel for English National Opera, opening at the London Coliseum in April.
The 2016 Evening Standard Theatre Awards in pictures: Billie Piper, Ralph Fiennes, Glenn Close, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen (in a fairy costume), Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tyrone Huntley, Noma Dumezweni and many more.
Winners of the 2016 Evening Standard Theatre Awards include Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Billie Piper, Ralph Fiennes, Glenn Close, John Malkovich and Kenneth Branagh. A star-studded ceremony indeed at the Old Vic Theatre.
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