Sunset Boulevard opened for its first revival last night at the Palace Theatre starring the original Norma Desmond, Glenn Close. As the lyrics of the stand out song from the show say, “Everything’s As If We Never Said Goodbye!” Glenn Close is even better than she was in the original production, and THAT is saying something!
Glenn Close stopped the show 4 times last night, beginning with her first entrance before she even said a line! She tones down her manic performance from 20 years ago to give a more human feel to the character. When she sang “As If We Never Said Goodbye,” the audience jumped to their feet for a standing ovation lasting longer than the song itself!
Michael Xavier holds his own next to the incredible Glenn Close, and gives another all-star performance in his Broadway debut after a stunning run in London. He has created a name for himself through his many shows in London, including Assassins.
While the set is significantly smaller than the original production, it just makes Glenn Close seem even bigger. The orchestra is also one of the largest in Broadway history, which is so powerful that during the underscore for the entr’acte the house shook! It is definitely a shoo in for the “Best Orchestrations” Tony Award.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s show based on the 1950 Billy Wilder film of the same name has never been better. He also has accomplished a feat that hasn’t been accomplished in over 50 years since the days of Rodgers and Hammerstein: he has a whooping 4 shows on Broadway at once!
Don’t walk, RUN to see Sunset Boulevard! You will not regret seeing it. I would go as far as saying that it is one of the strongest productions of a show on Broadway in years! I personally think they will have a very rewarding awards season this year and will sweep up the “Best Revival of a Musical” Tony Award, even up against Hello Dolly!
A college student at SUNY Purchase, I see many shows on Broadway annually and love theatre.